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The Science Inspiration


The Science Inspiration

On Wednesday 17 September, Professor Tanya Monro delivered The Science Inspiration for 2014. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our past Science Inspiration speakers.

Tanya Monro is a ‘bright spark’ in Australian science, driving exciting research into photonics – the science of light. As a young teenager, Tanya thought her future would be in music, before being turned onto physics by a high school science teacher. As the 2014 Science Inspiration, Tanya passed on her passion to students and adults alike.

You can watch The Science Inspiration in full below. Discover how creative a career in science can be, and be inspired by one of Australia’s most dynamic scientific leaders.

Professor Monro is an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow and is an eminent RiAus Bragg Member. Her current research uses photonics to measure and detect changes in tiny particles invisible to the naked eye, in real-time. With applications ranging from tracking cancerous cells to detecting trace chemicals in food, this technology has a tangible, real-world impact. Tanya is a widely celebrated physicist, distinguished by a suite of national and international awards.

Tanya Monro on Adelaide Review Promo Image (final)

Final details with a minute to show time
A few moments rest between segments
Prof Monro explained complex topics simply for students
The Science Inspiration was watched thousands of students online
Reminiscing during This is Your Life
Tanya onstage during QandA
Tanya describes her childhood
Tanya shows off her state of the art carbon fibre cello
Everyone was impressed with Tanya's cello performance
We had a brilliant range of questions from the online and in house audience
Prof Tanya Monro with the two hosts- Tania and Paul
Paul and Tanya 'preparing'

About the Science Inspiration

Robot wavingThe Science Inspiration: inspiring people, inspiring achievements, inspiring you.

Formerly known as the October Lecture, the annual Science Inspiration presentation is an RiAus premium event for students featuring high profile speakers who have made a significant contribution to science. These are special people: engaging, exciting, dynamic and, most importantly, truly inspirational. They’ll share their personal stories, struggles and triumphs, offering you and your students a window into their world.

Featuring demonstrations, anecdotes and interaction, the Science Inspiration gives you, and your students, access to some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Learn about amazing scientific achievements and get to know the person behind the work. Through livestreaming and online chat, they will step directly into your classroom anywhere in Australia.

past Events


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