The Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro, has been awarded the 2019 South Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

The awards highlight the contributions of women at a national, state and territory level who are advancing gender equality in Australia.

“Professor Monro was recognised for her abilities as a leading scientist and organisational leader,” the Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said.

“Defence is fortunate to have an exceptional leader in Professor Monro, who is responsible for delivering science and technology for national security.”

Before being appointed Chief Defence Scientist in March, Professor Monro delivered significant organisational transformation and positive cultural change as the University of South Australia’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation.

She is also a founding sponsor of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative, which is focussed on increasing the proportion of women in senior roles in Australian universities.

Under Professor Monro’s leadership, Defence Science and Technology Group has applied for Bronze accreditation with SAGE.

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