Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astrophysicist and the Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador. She is a member of the advisory board of the Australian Space Agency, and previously played a pivotal role in Australia’s bid to host the global mega-telescope the Square Kilometre Array.
As an astrophysicist, she has worked in top universities and research institutes around the world, publishing more than 50 refereed journal papers on the birth and death of stars. She has been awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Medal from CSIRO and the Eureka Prize for science communication.
Lisa is a regular on television, radio and in the media. She was a presenter on the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live and the author of six books, including the multi-award winning Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime. She has hosted several national live-on-stage tours with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. In 2018 she presented her first live tour When Galaxies Collide at theatres across Australia.
In 2016 she won the Eureka Prize for Promotion of Australian Science Research.
As Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Lisa leads a team of researchers and gender equity professionals working with the Commonwealth Government to remove barriers to participation in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Lisa is a force of nature. She’s an explorer, an optimist and a powerful advocate for the role of science and astronomy in society. She’s a role model for aspiring scientists and one of the great storytellers of Australian astronomy.– Science In Public
Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith’s talk was extremely well attended and received. Survey respondents gave her a 90.5% excellent rating, which is the best rating for the year (the average is 78%).– The Australian Academy of Science
Lisa presented an opening speech at “An evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson”, which attracted over 4,000 attendees. The feedback was of utter delight, as Lisa engaged the audience, made them feel excited and really ready to get thinking! Lisa is very confident, knowledgeable about science, has a great sense of humour and is very likeable. We believe she has the capacity to make real change within the area of science and beyond.– Think Inc