The Science Party is a new movement of people who are dedicated to thinking of long term solutions to advance our society. The Science Party believes quality of life is improved primarily through technological developments, sourced through a scientific approach to knowledge in the context of democracy and peace. We see innovation, education and economic reforms as key to the success of Australia.
The Science Party are technophiles who believe that the economy should be directed to maximise technological development and adoption where it is advantageous and safe to do so. The Science Party aims to make Australia an advanced, technologically superior country with a high quality of life for all its citizens and residents.
Dr James Jansson is the Leader of the Science Party. James Jansson grew up in Sydney’s west as the eldest of 6 children in a poor family. He studied mathematics and later teaching at the University of Sydney. He did a short stint teaching in a disadvantaged school in western Sydney. Since then, James has completed his PhD in mathematical modelling of HIV disease progression and epidemiology. James is 30 years old.
Saritha Manickam is the Secretary of the Science Party. Saritha was born in Australia and grew up in the southern Indian city of Chennai. After returning to settle in Sydney she completed a degree in computer science and has since worked as a programmer and engineering data analyst. She is currently an analyst at a consultancy working mainly with not-for-profit organisations.
Tom Byrt is an executive member of the Science Party. He grew up in Adelaide and completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) at Adelaide University before moving to Melbourne for four years and then to Sydney, where he now lives. Tom works in the financial services industry and is passionate about long-term thinking, good governance and making decisions based on solid analysis of the best data.
Andrea Finno is an executive member of the Science Party. Raised on a small rural property in New South Wales and a seasoned world traveller, he has worked in software development for over 15 years and recently completed postgraduate studies at UNSW in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. He has a keen interest in a sustainable energy future and the development of a space industry in Australia. He is currently working in a product development team in Sydney developing solutions for clients such as Telstra and Seven Network.
Tom Gordon is an executive member of the Science Party. He completed his bachelor's degree in Astrophysics and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University. He furthered his studies in France and Portugal in the International Space Industry before returning to Australia where he was a High School Science teacher for four years. After a short employment at the National Measurement Institute, Tom moved to the Science Communicator role he now holds at the University of Sydney. Tom and his family live in Sydney.
Andrea Leong is an executive member of the Science Party. She grew up in regional Victoria and completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University. After a couple of years as a lab technician with the Biointerface Engineering group at the Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, she moved to Sydney where she completed a PhD in antibacterial and biocompatible surface coatings at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and now works in microbiome research.
Peter Xing is an executive member of the Science Party. He works as a manager in a large professional services firm after completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Law and a Masters in Taxation. Born in Harbin, China, his family migrated to Australia when he was 7 years old and he has since lived in Sydney for over 22 years. An enthusiast for research and development in artificial intelligence and biotechnology, Peter has been helping to grow the futurist and transhumanist community in Australia.
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Dr Stephen McCormick is an executive member and the Social Media Officer for the Science Party. He was raised in Melbourne's outer south-east and attended one of Victoria's most disadvantaged schools, prompting him to take a keen interest in how to improve Australia's public education system. Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics, an honours degree in mathematics, and a PhD in mathematical physics, all from Monash University. From 2007 until 2014 he worked as a teaching associate at Monash University, primarily teaching mathematics support classes. Steve is now a research fellow at the University of New England, where he lectures mathematics and researches problems pertaining to general relativity.
Dr Alexey Feigin is a strategist for the Science Party and one of the founding members. Alexey was born in Russia and immigrated to Australia with his immediate family when he was 10 years old. He has a computer science background, has just completed a PhD in capital markets research and is currently working on a software startup in the media space.
Dylan Sahlin manages the Science Party's members and active volunteers. He grew up in Wollongong before moving to Sydney. Dylan is currently completing an International Studies degree at UNSW and started a pharmaceutical distribution company in 2012. He is particularly interested in foreign policy and animal welfare issues.