Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an astronomer, Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador.
She uses radio telescopes to study the birth of the biggest, hottest stars in the Milky Way and to probe interactions between colliding galaxies. She 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.
Lisa was a presenter on ABC's Stargazing Live and has appeared live on stage with Apollo astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. Lisa is a TEDx speaker, regular science commentator on TV and radio and author of When Galaxies Collide. In 2018 she toured Australia with her live show, ‘When Galaxies Collide’.
She won the 2016 Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research and is a passionate promoter of astronomy through public events, schools and the media.