Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith is an astronomer and acting Head of Australia Telescope National Facility Science Operations at CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science division. Her research tackles a range of topics including astrophysical masers, massive star formation, planetary nebulae, the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism and supernova remnants. Lisa co-supervises two Ph.D. students, Shaila Akhter and John Lopez, who are researching massive star formation in the centre of the Milky Way at the University of New South Wales.
Lisa's previous roles at CSIRO were Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project Scientist, working on Australia's bid to host the world's most powerful radio telescope and Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) Project Scientist. Lisa serves on the Science Advisory Committee to the Australian government on the SKA and was member of the ASKAP team awarded the 2015 CSIRO Chairman's Medal.
Lisa is an acclaimed science writer and speaker. Her work has been published in Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2016 and she has presented science on numerous television and radio shows. Lisa won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Pulic Understanding of Australian Science Research 2016 and featured in the Sydney Morning Herald's Top 100: Most Influential People in 2012. She frequently promotes the work of CSIRO and the SKA project in the national and international media and via talks to schools, colleges, industry groups and amateur astronomers. In the past 2 years she opened "An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson" at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion in front of a sold-out audience of 4000 people and featured in live stage shows with Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan. Lisa takes part in two major outreach programs - as a mentor at the Pia Wadjarri remote community school in Western Australia and a partnership with Leichhardt Public School as part of CSIRO's Scientists in Schools program.
In her spare time Lisa enjoys long-distance running (marathon, 100km, 100 mile, 12hr and 24hr races) and am a competing member of the Australian Ultra Runners Association.