Professor Andrew Blakers is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES) at the Australian National University (ANU). CSES is an externally funded group of 60 staff & research students working on various aspects of solar energy conversion (http://solar.anu.edu.au). Work in CSES spans the range from fundamental R&D to applied science & engineering with specific commercial outcomes in mind. ANU is a core member of the Australian Solar Institute.
Professor Blakers has been awarded a Radio Research Board Postdoctoral Fellowship (1984), an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (ARC, 1986), a Humboldt Fellowship (1989) and an ARC Senior Research Fellowship (1992). He was appointed to the academic staff of the ANU in 1991 and reached the rank of Professor in 1999. Projects under the supervision of Professor Blakers have brought in $80 million to ANU.
Professor Blakers is well known as a commentator on energy and greenhouse issues. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Institute of Energy. He is a life member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation.