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Measuring up!

ProBarry Inglis Medalfessor Andre Luiten was honoured today by the National Measurement Institute as he received the 2017 Barry Inglis Medal.

Presented by Dr Barry Inglis PSM himself, the medal recognises outstanding achievement in measurement research and excellence in practical measurements.

Dr Inglis is the president of the international body that defines the units and measurement scales for science (CIPM) and was the first CEO of the National Measurement Institute.


Tanya Monro elected Chair of the Optical Fibre Group of the Optical Society of America

Congratulations to Tanya for being elected Chair of the Fiber Optics Technology Technical Group in the Photonics and Opto-Electronics Division of the OSA !

The Photonics and Opto-Electronics Division encompasses the development of many of the devices used by the optics community. It oversees the development of new device technologies, integration of optical components to perform various functions, development of active optical system/subsystem technologies including hardware, propagation considerations, and beam manipulation techniques.

Tanya will preside over the Fiber Optics Technology group which focuses on all fiber developments.
This role entails developing a sense of community among those with similar interests and organising OSA technical meetings and workshops.

Tree Topping Ceremony – illumin8 officially named “The Braggs”

On Wednesday we celebrated our new HQ Building reaching full height. The building has been named ‘The Braggs’ after father and son joint 1915 Nobel Laureates, Sir William Henry Bragg and his son, Sir William Lawrence Bragg.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha  was joined by Senator the Honourable Don Farrell, and Tanya, in placing a Banksia tree at the top of the building in the traditional topping out ritual symbolising growth and good luck.

Read full media release and check some more pictures on our Facebook page.


Tanya Monro’s Pawsey Medal Speech : Interacting light with matter: new tools for sensing

Last Wednesday, Tanya took the opportunity of receiving the prestigious Pawsey medal from the Australian Academy of Science at the Shine Dome in Canberra to give a talk entitled “Interacting light with matter: new tools for sensing” about the novel fibre optics sensor platforms being developed at IPAS.

IPAS’ research team featured in OptoIQ – A more sensitive sensor for ions in solution

A research team from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and the School of Chemistry and Physics, the University of Adelaide, South Australia has combined suspended-core microstructured optical fibers (MOFs) with photoinduced electron transfer (PET) to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensor for small volume ion detection…

Read the full article form OptoIQ 


IPAS Six Research Themes

This video was launched at the IPAS Stakeholders event  in April 2012.

In just over 10min duration we hear from Institute director Prof Tanya Monro, leaders from each of the six research themes and Dr Paul Willis – Director of RiAus.

Video by Ron Furner – visionation. Detailed attribution for cc:by clips from and available at

$1 million fellowship supports new physics chair

Professor Andre Luiten will relocate from Western Australia to take up the Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide in February 2013 and bring with him a high-calibre team of researchers to establish a suite of world-leading facilities for precision measurement.

Based in the University’s School of Chemistry & Physics, Professor Luiten will conduct research within the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

Find out more & check out the official announcement at


Tanya Monro elected to the Australian Academy of Science

Congratulations to Tanya for being among the new Fellows to be admitted to the Australian Academy of Science !

Representing Australia’s leading research scientists, the Australian Academy of Science annually honours a small number of Australian scientists for their outstanding contributions to science  by election to the Academy.

Tanya has been acknowledged for her internationally significant achievements  in “Developing nanophotonics for nonlinear optics and  sensing, resulting in novel solutions to diverse measurement problems.”


PhDʼs Awarded!

Warmest congratulations to Erik Schartner and Wenqi Zhang on recently being awarded their PhD degree !



University Medals for two IPAS PhD graduates of Physics

Congratulations to Shaghik Attakaramians and Stephen Warren-Smith for being awarded the prestigious University Doctoral Research medals for 2011.