Professor Calum Drummond


Deputy Vice-Chancellor R & I & Vice-Pres

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Research & Innovation

Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President

Professor Calum Drummond

Professor Calum Drummond

Key activities

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President has a leadership role in the development of discovery and practice-based research and in building and enhancing capability in research and innovation across the University. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation is responsible for the Research Office, the School of Graduate Research, e-Research, RMIT Gallery, Design Archives, Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Research Capability, including the eight enabling capability platforms (ECPs).

Professor Drummond has a strong interest and passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes. He joined RMIT University in 2014 from CSIRO where he was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals comprising 1300 researchers and research support staff and an annual budget of $250 million. Immediately prior to this CSIRO Group Executive appointment, he was Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), CSIRO’s largest division. Prior to becoming a Chief, Calum was seconded from CSIRO to be the inaugural Vice President Research at CAP-XX, an Intel portfolio company. CAP-XX develops supercapacitors for consumer electronic products. In 2006 CAP-XX listed on the London AIM.

Research interests

Professor Drummond is an active researcher with interests in the area of advanced materials, including application to energy storage and biomedical products. He has been an author of over 250 publications including 4 invited book chapters, over 180 refereed journal papers, 12 granted patents (families) and patent application filings, and 54 major commercial-in-confidence CSIRO reports for companies. The refereed journal papers have received more than 7800 citations.


Professor Drummond is a graduate of The University of Melbourne (BScEd (H1, 1981), BSc Hons (H1, 1982), PhD in Physical Chemistry (1987), and DSc (2014).


The outstanding calibre of his research has been recognised through the following awards:

  • Fullbright Senior Scholarship (2016)
  • The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (2015)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) H.G. Smith Memorial Medal (2015)
  • CSIRO Fellow designation CSIRO’s highest award for exceptional scientists) (2013)
  • CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence (2011)
  • Distinguished Lecturer Award from The Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division of the Japanese Chemical Society (2011)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Physical Chemistry Division Medal (2006)
  • Frost and Sullivan (USA) Excellence in Communication and Information Technologies Award (2006; awarded to CAP-XX)
  • World Economic Forum Global Technology Pioneer (2005; awarded to CAP-XX)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2005)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Industrial Chemistry Division RK Murphy Medal (2004)
  • CSIRO Medal for Outstanding Research Achievement (2004)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowship (2003-2010)
  • The University of Melbourne David Syme Research Prize (2002)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Applied Research Award (2002)
  • Distinguished Paper Award of The Soap and Detergent Association (USA) and The American Oil Chemists Society (2001)
  • The University of Melbourne Grimwade Prize in Industrial Chemistry (1995)
  • ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (1990-1993)
  • The University of Melbourne Rothmans Foundation Fellowship (1990; declined)
  • The inaugural R.J.W. Le Févre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science (1989)
  • The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Rennie Memorial Medal (1989)

Professional affiliations

Professor Drummond is a Fellow and former Director of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2006; FTSE), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2004; FAICD), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1994; FRACI) and past RACI Honorary General Treasurer and Council member, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012; FRSC; UK-based).

He is an adjunct Professorial Fellow in Chemistry at The University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He has previously held an Adjunct Professorship in Chemistry at The University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Program run by St James Ethics Centre and a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program run by Leadership Victoria.