Lisa Harvey-Smith

Professor and Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, UNSW

I am a Professor and the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador. Author of ‘When Galaxies Collide’ (Melbourne University Publishing) and presenter on ABC Television’s Stargazing Live. My research interests include the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, supernova remnants, the interstellar medium, massive star formation, galaxy mergers and astrophysical masers. I am the former Project Scientist for CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), and for the Square Kilometre Array.


  • 2009–2012
    Square Kilometre Array Project Scientist, CSIRO
  • 2007–2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2005–2007
    Support Scientist, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe


  • 2005 
    The University of Manchester, Ph.D. Radio Astronomy
  • 2002 
    The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Master of Physics (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Galactic Astronomy (020104)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)