Professor Vickers is Chief Scientific Officer at Eden Brew, an animal free dairy company. She has worked in basic and applied R&D in academia, government research, and industry for over 20 years. Professor Vickers’ research focuses on developing sustainable industrial products using bio-based solutions. She works primarily in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in microbes, but has a background in plant molecular biology, abiotic stress, and applied plant engineering. From 2017-2022, she was Director of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary R&D program aimed at expanding Australia’s synthetic biology capability and building national synthetic biology-based industry. She has represented Australia at numerous international strategy and policy fora (US, Asia-Pacific, OECD, World Economic Forum), and sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as well as numerous international synthetic biology institutes. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Synthetic Biology Global Future Council and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Isoprenoids/Terpenes (TERPNET). She was founding President of Synthetic Biology Australasia and a founding member of the Global Biofoundries Alliance executive. She serves on editorial boards for eight international journals, including as a handing editor for ACS Synthetic Biology. She has Adjunct Professor positions at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.