New chief defence scientist appointed for defence department  

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Professor Tanya Monro has been appointed as the chief defence scientist for the Australian government’s department of defence.

She will lead Defence Science and Technology group at a time of increasing requirements for scientific and technology to advance defence capability.

Monro has an extensive background in science, innovation and strategy and has been influential in shaping national initiatives.

Monro is currently the deputy vice chancellor and vice president of research and innovation at the University of South Australia, where she has delivered significant organisational transformation and positive cultural change.

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The Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, said Monro’s research has had significant impact in areas spanning manufacturing, telecommunications, defence and health.

“Monro will bring her extensive experience working at senior levels in both Industry and Educational Institutions to this integral and nationally significant role.

“In a complex and changing environment she will lead and develop the defence science organisation whilst collaborating with research agencies, industry and international partners,” said Pyne.

Minister for Defence Industry, Steven Ciobo, said Monro will continue to drive quality research and advice on all scientific and technological matters to senior defence leaders and government whilst leading national research programs that directly impact defence capability.

“Monro has a strong understanding of the capability needs of the Australian Defence Force with an established network across defence industry and defence on a global scale in the scientific field,” said Ciobo.

Monro will commence as the chief defence scientist in March 2019.