Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He directed Australia’s Commission for the Future in 1988 and chaired the advisory council that produced the first national report on the state of the environment in 1996. He has filled a wide range of advisory roles in Australia, including serving as a member of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council since 2002. He is the author of 12 books and over 100 other publications and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He has been a reviewer for the IPCC, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the UNEP study of Resource Efficiency and Economic Outlook for the Asia-Pacific. In 2009, the International Academy of Sciences, Health and Ecology awarded him the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for research aimed at a sustainable future.