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On Saturday 22nd August Lisa opened for the sold-out show An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. The event, run by Think Inc. brought an evening of astrophysics to an audience of 4000 people.


Lisa was also a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Promoting Public Understanding of Australian Science Research. Congratulations to the fabulous Prof. Emma Johnston from UNSW, who won the prize.

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith


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About Lisa

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith is a research astronomer at CSIRO and the Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. Her research uses astronomical masers (a naturally-occurring laser in space) to study the birth of the biggest, hottest stars in the Milky Way and to probe interactions between colliding galaxies. Lisa has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Australian Museum’s Eureka Prize 2015 for the Promotion of Australian Science Research.


Lisa is a member of the ASKAP commissioning team and is leading a research program using early test data from the telescope. She is responsible for developing ASKAP’s early science program, due to start in 2016. Lisa leads the Science Operations Support team at the Australia Telescope National Facility and is a member of the International SKA Science Working Group, the science advisory board to the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales and the science advisory committee to the Australian Government on the Square Kilometre Array.


Dr. Harvey-Smith is an advocate for a level playing-field for everyone working in astronomy. Her work as a former Chair of the Astronomical Society of Australia’s Chapter for Women in Astronomy 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.


Harvey-Smith is passionate about communicating science and its real-world outcomes to non-specialists. Recent outreach activities include opening “An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson” in front of 4000 people at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, and “Stargayzing” - an innovative new show at the Sydney Mardi Gras festival. Last year, she starred in a 3D movie for the CSIRO Discovery Centre that is seen by 10,000 visitors per year. Lisa writes 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 2015.


Lisa appears regularly on ABC radio and television, including ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC Splash Live, Al Jazeera English, SBS News and ABC News 24. In December 2012 Harvey-Smith was named in the(sydney)magazine’s list of Sydney’s 100 most influential people.


She is involved in several educational outreach programs and mentors students in partner schools located in metropolitan Sydney and Pia Wadjarri - 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.

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