Australia's top physicist joins University of South Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor

By / 7th of August, 2014

PROFESSOR Tanya Monro has been appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia.

Professor Monro said that she will be taking a leadership position at the University, guiding priorities, particularly in research, and developing excellence with a strong focus on industry connections.

“UniSA clearly prioritises research focussed on economic outcomes and supporting the needs of industry, and this aligns well with my passion for research that makes a difference,” Prof Monro says. 

“I understand the ingredients required to create and nurture excellence in research and I really look forward to working with researchers at UniSA to strengthen the university's capacity to deliver high quality research outcomes for the benefit of the community and the local and national economies." 

Announcing her appointment, Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said he welcomes a leader of her standing to UniSA.

“Tanya is one of Australia’s most highly recognised scientists and a model of the drive and vigour that characterises the next generation of Australian research,” Prof Lloyd says. 

“The quality of her work is internationally recognised and her proven capacity to work with industry and to form partnerships and collaborations to bring forward new knowledge and solutions will be an asset to our institution as we build Australia’s university of enterprise.” 

Professor Monro will take up the position in November, from her current role at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide.

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Professor Monro

Key contacts

Michele Nardelli Manager (News and Media) UniSA
61 8 8302 0966

Publications by Tanya Monro:

  • 3 Patents
  • 4 Book chapters
  • 129 Journal articles
  • 1 Conference proceedings
  • 176 Conference papers
  • 6 Conference items

Awards and Decorations:

  • 2012 Pawsey Medal
  • 2012 Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • 2011 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, Physical Sciences, Australia
  • 2011 Eureka Prize for Science Leadership, Finalist
  • 2011 Selected by the Australian Academy of Science to conduct a speaker series in the European region
  • 2011 Australian of the Year, South Australia
  • 2010 Telstra Business Woman of the Year, White Pages Community & Government Category (National & South Australian winner)
  • 2010 Winner, Science category, South Australian of the Year Awards
  • 2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year
  • 2010 Finalist, Eureka Prize for Science Leadership
  • 2009 Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, ATSE (FTSE)
  • 2009 Winner, Science Category, Emerging Leaders Award (by Weekend Australian Magazine)
  • 2008-13 ARC Federation Fellowship
  • 2008 Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • 2007-8 Awarded the Women in Physics Lecture Tour (Australian Institute of Physics)
  • 2007 Rising Star Award, South Australia’s “Top 50” across all fields under 35
  • 2006 Bright Spark Award (for Australia’s Top 10 Scientific Minds under 45 - Cosmos Magazine)
  • 2005 Inaugural Chair of Photonics
  • 2000 Royal Society University Research Fellowship
  • 1998 Eleanor Sophia Wood Travelling Fellowship
  • 1998 The Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian University