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Women in STEM Ambassador


Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at the University of New South Wales. In her role as the Women in STEM Ambassador, Lisa is responsible for increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM studies and careers across Australia.  

She is an award-winning astrophysicist with research interests in the birth and death of stars and supermassive black holes. Lisa serves on the Australian Space Agency’s Advisory Group and previously worked on the mega-telescope project the Square Kilometre Array – a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history. She is a presenter on the popular ABC Television show Stargazing Live, a frequent keynote speaker and a regular science commentator on TV and radio. Lisa has written two popular science books: When Galaxies Collide and the children’s book Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime. She has performed and hosted live science shows in theatres across Australia, including her self-penned When Galaxies Collide tour in 2018 and live tours with Apollo moon walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke and Gene Cernan.  


The Women in STEM Ambassador is an Australian Government initiative to address gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is funded by a Commonwealth Grant and hosted at the University of New South Wales.