Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith

ASKAP Project Scientist


Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith is a Research Astronomer at CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science division. Lisa is the Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and acting Team Leader for ATNF Science Operations Support. Lisa was member of the ASKAP team awarded the 2015 CSIRO Chairman's Medal. 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 a Ph.D. student, Shaila Akhter, who is studying massive star formation at the University of New South Wales.

ASKAP is a revolutionary array of radio telescopes designed and operated by CSIRO. Located at the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, ASKAP a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array. The SKA is a global collaborative project to design and construct a radio telescope - with thousands of separate antennas comprising one square kilometre of collecting area - that will revolutionise our understanding of the universe.

As ASKAP Project Scientist Lisa maintains a strong engagement between the science user community and the commissioning team to ensure that engineering advances and science goals remain aligned. She gathers science requirements and leads the planning for the ASKAP early science program. She has an active role in the international SKA Science Working Group and serves on the Science Advisory Committee to the Australian government on the SKA.

Public Understanding of Science

Lisa is an acclaimed science writer and speaker. Her latest article on the SKA was published in Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2016. Lisa was a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Pulic Understanding of Australian Science Research 2015 and she featured in the Sydney Morning Herald's Top 100: Most Influential People in 2012.  Lisa 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. This year, she opened "An Evening with Neil DeGrasse Tyson" at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion in front of a sold-out audience of 4000 people. In November 2015 she will feature in two live stage shows with Buzz Aldrin. 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.

Learn More

For more information about Lisa and her work, please take a look at her personal website www.lisaharveysmith.com, which is updated weekly.


Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
PO Box 76
Epping NSW 2122
email: lisa.harvey-smith@csiro_dot_au

Telephone: +61 2 9372 4653

@lisaharveysmith | http://www.lisaharveysmith.com


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