Professor Lachlan Blackhall

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to achieve the University's strategic goals in research and innovation.

The portfolio's key roles are to:

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the University's research strategies to deliver high quality research outcomes and impact
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the University's strategies in commercialisation, intellectual property, industry and business engagement 
  • Establish and foster strategic partnerships with Australian and international agencies, alliances and external partners that will enhance the University's strategic goals
  • Work collaboratively with College Heads to ensure that ANU attracts and retains outstanding researchers and provides research facilities and infrastructure within an innovative research environment
  • Ensure that Higher Degree by Research students receive research training programs of the highest quality and deliver high levels of student satisfaction.
  • Provide a framework that maintains the highest ethical standards and integrity for the conduct of research.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of academic promotions, including policy leadership that supports high quality promotion outcomes.

Professor Blackhall was previously Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at ANU. He has led the development of world-first capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities. Professor Blackhall holds a BE, BSc and PHD in engineering and applied mathematics, is Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

Professor Lachlan Blackhall
Professor Lachlan Blackhall


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