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APEC-Australia Women in Research
Fellowship 2022
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador

Research interests and expertise

Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith is an astrophysicist with 20 years of experience in scientific research, including the use of radio telescopes and supercomputers to gain insights from complex data on the evolution of stars, galaxies and black holes. Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at the University of New South Wales. She has

published 5 popular science books, including the international award-winning best seller ‘Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime’.

Achievements and Publications

Harvey-Smith has written more than 50 academic publications and led global research teams, and is a trusted advisor to the government on research and gender equity. She is a recipient of the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal and the Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research.


Impression of the 2022 APEC Australia Women in Research Fellowship

I was honoured to be part of the judging panel for the 2022 Women Fellowship, although our job was made difficult due to the sheer number of world-class projects on offer. The breadth and quality of the research presented to the panel were breathtaking – I wish we could have funded them all.


Contact details


Twitter: @lisaharveysmith



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