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Partnership Matters | February 2019 Issue

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New Chief Defence Scientist

Professor Tanya Monro has been appointed Chief Defence Scientist and is due to take up her new position in March. Professor Monro is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.

Professor Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 and was also the inaugural Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Bio Photonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide. Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres.

Professor Monro obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia. In 2000, she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in the UK, and is also an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus).

Professor Monro is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics. She is a member of the Prime Minister's Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), and a Board Member of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the South Australian Defence Advisory Board, and the South Australian Economic Development Board.

Her awards include: the Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2008), South Australian Scientist of the Year (2010), South Australia's Australian of the Year (2011), and the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (2015).



WA to host international Space Technologies symposium in 2019

Four Western Australian universities will host a major space technologies symposium in partnership with Defence Science and Technology in Perth, Western Australia in March.

Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia joined forces for the opportunity to co-host the Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

The symposium will bring together internationally recognised academic, industry and Defence leaders in a multidisciplinary workshop environment for two days to explore and shape the long-term vision for space technologies.

The EDTAS series is a technology foresight program designed to explore emerging science and technology topics that will impact Defence and national security in the 20+ year timeframe.

Space capability is one of nine priorities identified for further development in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

For more information visit EDTAS on the DST Website.



Redwing delivers life-saving capability to Afghanistan

The final delivery of a life-saving capability developed by DST and Australian industry has been delivered to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces.

SILVERSHIELD is the latest evolution in vehicle-mounted systems being developed under the REDWING program, which provides protection against radio controlled improvised explosive devices.

Over 15,000 SILVERSHIELD systems have now been delivered to Afghanistan for training and initial rollout with deliveries now complete.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne said the REDWING program demonstrates successful collaboration between Defence and industry, and SILVERSHIELD is proof of Australian industry's ability to meet the challenge of high volume and time critical manufacturing.

Since 2015, Australian industry and Defence have produced and exported over 200,000 individual and vehicle mounted REDWING systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.




A series of podcasts on various programs relating to the Next Generation Technologies Fund can be found on the DST website podcast page

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