Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith


Lisa Harvey-Smith is an astronomer at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. 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 three Ph.D. students, Shaila Akhter, Shannon Melrose and John Lopez, who are researching massive star formation in the centre of the Milky Way and OH megamasers at the University of New South Wales. She is an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University and an adjunct associate professor 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, leading CSIRO's engagement with the astronomy user community towards the relaisation of ASKAP as an operational national facility.

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.

Public Understanding of Science

Lisa is an acclaimed science writer, author and speaker. She is the author of "When Galaxies Collide" (Melbourne University Press) and a regular presenter of the ABC's popular television series Stargazing Live. She has also been a guest on several shows and documentary series including Todd Sampson's Life on the Line and Brian Cox: Life of a Universe. She won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Public 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 recent 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, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke. 

In her spare time Lisa enjoys long-distance running (marathon, 100km, 100 mile, 12hr and 24hr races) and is a member of the Australian Ultra Runners Association.


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


Staff space