Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of South Australia and member, Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council

Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.

Prior to her current role, Professor Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, as well as for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide. 

Throughout her career, Professor Monro has been honoured with numerous awards including, but not limited to the 2011 South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, the 2011 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, the 2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year, as well as the 2008 Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Tanya is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Institute of Physics.  She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, the AAS National Committee for Physics, South Australian Economic Development Board, where she chairs the Science, Innovation and Commercialisation subcommittee and a member of South Australia’s Riverbank Authority. She is a member of the SA Premier’s Science & Industry Council, and is Chair of the Council of the National Youth Science Forum. Tanya is also an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia.

Shortly following the conferral of her PhD, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia, Professor Monro received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in the UK.

Throughout her career, Professor Monro has remained committed to academic excellence in STEM, as well as a strong supporter of industry engagement and commercialisation.