Upcoming Events

Lisa is currently working with the Australian Maths Teacher’s Association and CSIRO to produce a maths video and associated classroom resources for secondary school students across Australia. The project aims to make maths more exciting, relevant and accessible to students.

Tickets now available for “The Universe in a Nutshell: Stars, Galaxies, Black Holes and More” a high-octane night of astronomy on 23rd July 2015 at the University of Queensland starring Meg Urry, Amanda Bauer, Tamara Davis and Lisa Harvey-Smith.

For those in Sydney, tickets are now available for an afternoon of funny and irreverant science debating “My Research Rules” from The Science Nation. 22nd August 2015, Tickets are $15 or $8 concessions.

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith



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About Lisa

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith is a research astronomer at CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division in Sydney and the Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. Her research spans several areas of Galactic astrophysics including the birth and death of stars and astrophysical masers. She is co-supervisor of Shaila Akhter, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales.

Lisa is an active member of the ASKAP commissioning team and recently conducted the first observations of astronomical masers with the telescope. Lisa provides scientific oversight of the project to ensure that the telescope reaches its full scientific potential.  She is currently leading the development of ASKAP’s early science program, due to start in 2016. She also leads the Science Operations Support team at the Australia Telescope National Facility. She is a member of the International SKA Science Working Group and has science advisory roles to the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales and to the Australian Government on the Square Kilometre Array.

A former Chair of the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Chapter for Women in Astronomy, Dr. Harvey-Smith is an advocate for a level playing-field for everyone working in astronomy. Her work for the Chapter culminated in the launch of The Pleiades Awards, a national accreditation scheme for employers of astronomers in Australia that take steps towards achieving best practice in equity and diversity.

Lisa is passionate about communicating science to non-specialists. Recent outreach activities include Stargayzing at Sydney Mardi Gras festival, and producing a 3D movie for the CSIRO Discovery Centre that is seen by 10,000 visitors per year. She has written for The Conversation and appeared in Women’s Health, The Age, The Weekend Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph. Her article in the popular science book Patrick Moore’s Yearbook of Astronomy 2016, will be released in November.

Lisa appears regularly on radio and television including ABC Splash for World Space Week, Al Jazeera English, SBS News, ABC News 24, ABC Local Radio and The Science Show with Robyn Williams. In December 2012 Dr. Harvey-Smith was named in the(sydney)magazine’s list of Sydney’s 100 most influential people.

Lisa takes part in regular educational outreach work through the Scientists in Schools and other mentoring schemes. Her partner schools are located in metropolitan Sydney and a remote aboriginal community in Western Australia.

As a keen recreational athlete Lisa enjoy the adventure and challenge of ultra-marathon and multi-day races. She is a member of the Australian Ultra-Running Association.

Image: Philip Gostelow