Professor Tanya Monro

Professor Tanya Monro
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Monro is an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow and is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics and of the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

    She is also a Professor of Physics within the School of Chemistry & Physics at the University of Adelaide.

    Professor Monro came to the University of Adelaide in early 2005 as the inaugural Chair of Photonics and the Director of the DSTO Centre of Expertise in Photonics. From 1998 - 2004 Tanya worked within the ORC at the University of Southampton in the UK. Tanya Monro has published over 450 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings.

    The vision of IPAS is to bring together researchers in physics, chemistry and biology to pursue a transdisciplinary approach to science for applications in defence, preventative health, environmental monitoring and food and wine.

    In late 2008, IPAS was awarded $29M from the Australian Federal Government HEEF (EIF) scheme towards the construction of a new building, The Braggs, to serve as the IPAS HQ on the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus. This project also has support from the South Australian State Government and DSTO. The Braggs opened in 2013.

    Tanya is a fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. She is Vice President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a member of the South Australian Premier’s Science and Industry Council, the South Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and regularly serves on a range of committees for the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Research Counil (ARC) and other key national bodies in the area of science policy and the evaluation of science.

  • Qualifications

    PhD in Physics, University of Sydney, 1998

    BSc (Hons, 1st class) in Physics, University of Sydney, 1995

  • Awards & Achievements

    2013 - 2018 ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship

    2012      Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science

    2012      Nova Systems Community Achievement Award, South Australia

    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 - Physical Scientist of the Year

    2007-8  Australian Institute of Physics Women’s Lecture Tour

    2007      Rising Star Award, South Australia’s “Top 50” across all fields under 35

    2007      Finalist, South Australian Scientist of the Year

    2006      Cosmos magazine Bright Spark Award, Australia’s “top 10 scientific minds” under 45

    2000      Royal Society University Research Fellowship (UK)

    1998      Bragg Gold Medal, Best physics PhD thesis in Australia

  • Publications

  • Professional Associations

    Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

    Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering

    Bragg Fellow, RI Aus (Royal Institution Australia) 


    Fellow, AIP (FAIP)

    Member, Australian Institute of Company Director

    Member, IEEE

    Member, OSA

    Member, AOS

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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 14 May 2014