Dr Janis Cocking

Dr Janis Cocking
Dr Janis Cocking

Chief, Science Strategy and Program Division, Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Janis Cocking is the Chief of Science Strategy and Program Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence. Dr Cocking has over thirty years’ experience leading, managing and undertaking science and technology, particularly in undersea technology, for which she is an acknowledged international expert.

Her current focus is on development of DST Group’s ability to provide valued science and technology advice and solutions to Defence. It includes building the framework for investment in science and technology and the associated assurance of the quality of the science and technology. She leads the Next Generations Technologies Fund for Defence. This aims to form partnerships between Defence, universities, publicly funded research agencies and industry to undertake research which has the potential to transform Defence capability.

Dr Cocking is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She is a member of the technical committee of the Maritime Systems and Technology conference and a former board member for the Australian Maritime College within the University of Tasmania.

Janis will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.