Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astrophysicist and author, with a talent for making the universe accessible to all. Throughout her career, she has conducted research at universities and institutes across the world, published more than 50 research papers, and played a key role in the development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope. She is a member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board and a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales.
Professor Harvey-Smith is a bestselling author, an in-demand keynote speaker and a regular on TV and radio. She toured Australia with her spectacular live event When Galaxies Collide, hosting 10 shows in major venues across the nation. Her books have been shortlisted for several national and international literary awards. Professor Harvey-Smith was a presenter on the popular ABC television show Stargazing live and hosted events in sold-out theatres across Australia with Moon-walking Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke.
As the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Harvey-Smith and her team work to remove barriers to the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She provides advice to the Australian Government and coordinates work across the research, education and industry sectors to improve educational practices and workplace culture. Her office conducts research and runs educational programs to identify and remove barriers to participation. For more information on this work, visit the Women in STEM site.