Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communications at UNSW Sydney.
She is an award-winning astronomer with research interests in the birth and death of stars and supermassive black holes. She was formerly the CSIRO project scientist for the Square Kilometre Array, a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history.
Professor Harvey-Smith earned a Masters degree in Physics with Honours in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from Jodrell Bank Observatory at the University of Manchester. She has also completed research projects at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany and The Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry in Europe (JIVE) in the Netherlands, before moving to Australia.
Lisa is a presenter on the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live and author of the popular science book When Galaxies Collide. Lisa is a TEDx speaker, a regular science commentator on TV and radio and has appeared on stage with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. In 2018 she toured Australia with her live show ‘When Galaxies Collide’.
She was named in the Sydney Morning Herald's 100 Most Influential People in 2012 and won both the CSIRO Chairman's medal and the Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research in 2017.
Professor Harvey-Smith was appointed Women in STEM Ambassador in December 2018.
Project Officer, Women in STEM Ambassador
Lauren Sullivan is the project officer for the Women in STEM Ambassador portfolio.
She studied a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with Honours in Molecular and Cell Biology at UNSW Sydney, followed by a Master of Science Communication Outreach at the Australian National University. Lauren has gained professional experience in industry, higher education and research organisations.