Professor Worby is a scientist by training; however his most recent roles have been in science management and leadership. His research interests are understanding the role of sea ice in the global climate system, with a particular emphasis on understanding the thickness distribution of the sea ice and the processes that affect it.
Professor Worby was Program Leader for the Ice, Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate Program within the Australian Antarctic Program (2009-2011) before taking the role of Deputy Chief for Marine Research with CSIRO (2011-2014). He was Chief Scientist and Voyage Leader on a number of major marine science programs and it was in those roles that he discovered a passion for managing people and research programs.
He also has a keen interest in business development and stakeholder management and thus his transition from a bench scientist to organisational leadership has been very positive.
the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Antarctic Research (2014-present).
Chair of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research ‘Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate’ Program (ASPeCt). (2005-11)
Co-Chair of the World Climate Research Program’s ‘Climate and Cryosphere’ Program (CliC). (2008-09)
National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (2007-10).
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA (2000).
Technological Scientists and Engineers Award, 2001. A national award made to early career researchers by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Visiting Professorship, Universite catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2003).
Professor Worby has ultimate responsibility for delivering on the goals of the ACE CRC, which include seven major research projects, teaching and capacity building and engagement with stakeholders and end users.
He also has oversight of ACE CRC staff and students and takes their safety, security and professional development very seriously. Professor Worby reports quarterly to the ACE CRC Board, which has oversight of the strategic direction of the organisation, and he spends a great deal of time being the ‘public face’ of the CRC – continuing to build support with stakeholders, managing partnerships, and providing comment on matters of public interest.