Dr Martin Cole

Contact details:

  • PO BOX 52


Professor Martin Cole is an internationally recognized food scientist and accomplished science leader with over 25 years’ experience in research management across government, academia and industry.

Professor Cole is currently Deputy Director of CSIRO Agriculture and Food. Prior to this, Prof Cole was Director of CSIRO Food and Nutrition. Professor Cole joined CSIRO as Chief of Food and Nutritional Sciences in January 2010 and was appointed as the first Chief of the division of Animal, Food and Health Sciences in July 2012.

His previous position was Director of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), a highly successful and growing research consortium between the US Food and Drug Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology and over 30 global food companies.

He has published and presented over 160 papers on many aspects of food science including food safety, food trends and innovation, novel processing and nutrition. He has over 15 years’ experience with the CODEX Food Hygiene Committee and has frequently been called upon as an expert by organizations such the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the US House of Representatives.

Professor Cole has held a number of important positions professionally and is currently the Chair of the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF) and a Director with FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand). The ICMSF is an award winning non-government organization (NGO) that has a long history of outstanding and timely contributions to the global management of food safety issues; FSANZ is a bi-national Government agency that develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and GM foods.

Professor Cole is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Adjunct Professor at the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania and an IFT Certified Food Scientist (CFS). Throughout his career, Prof Cole has received numerous awards for his contribution to food science including election as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IaFoST).

Current Roles

  • Deputy Director
    Agriculture and Food

Academic Qualifications

  • 1984

    Bachelor of Science(First Class Hons)
    Manchester Met. University

  • 1988

    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of East Anglia

Professional Experiences

  • 1988-1996

    Head of Microbiology & Preservation

  • 1996-1999

    Group Director, Food Safety

  • 2004-2009

    US National Center for Food safety and Technology

  • 2010-2012

    CSIRO Division of Food Science and Nutrition

  • 2012-2014

    CSIRO Division of Animal, Food and Health Division

  • 2014-Present

    CSIRO Food and Nutrition Flagship

Achievements and Awards

  • 2004

    Recipient of Ivan Parkin Award

  • 2004

    International Leadership Award

  • 2005

    F.W.Frazier Memorial lecture
    U. Wisconsin

  • 2010

    Special Citation CFSAN Director's Award

  • 2010

    Vickery Adress

  • Fellow
    Internation Union of Food Science and Technology

  • Graduate
    Australian Institute of Comapny Directors

  • Certified Food Scientist
    Institute of Food Technology

  • Adjunct Professor
    University of Tasmania