Speaker and Presenter


Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an expert on astronomy and space and an active researcher with a talent for presenting complex subject matter in an exciting and accessible way. She has presented major television series including Stargazing Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and appeared in numerous international documentaries including Todd Samson's Life on the Line and Life of a Universe with Brian Cox.

Her professional services include:

  • Speaking (astronomy, astrophysics. space, technology, large-scale data)
  • Television presenting
  • Science documentaries
  • Live event hosting
  • Radio phone-ins on science and technology
  • Voice-overs
  • Fact-checking for television/movies  


Niall Byrne, Creative Director Science In Public

Lisa is a force of nature. She’s an explorer, an optimist and a powerful advocate for the role of science and astronomy in society. She’s a role model for aspiring scientists and one of the great storytellers of Australian astronomy.

Katie Costello, Manager and Producer ABC Splash Live

Thank you for your fantastic contribution to our live event. You were energetic and inspiring; it was brilliant for our viewers to get an insight into your unique experiences and knowledge. I even received one comment that you should have your own TV  series. I wholeheartedly agree!

Suzi Jamil, Director, Think Inc.

 Lisa presented an opening speech at "An evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson", which attracted over 4,000 attendees. The feedback was of utter delight, as Lisa engaged the audience, made them feel excited and really ready to get thinking! Lisa is very confident, knowledgeable about science, has a great sense of humour and is very likeable. We believe she has the capacity to make real change within the area of science and beyond.

Nina Fordham, ABC Catalyst

On behalf of the entire crew from ABC Catalyst and the Prof Brian Cox team, I would like to thank you for your patience, enthusiasm, teamwork and kindness you gave to us during filming, and throughout the organisation of the shooting day. You managed it with such calmness and professionalism – it is a huge credit to you. Your scientific knowledge and expertise was valued and we are glad we could  have you as part of the documentary.  

Toner Stevenson, Manager Sydney Observatory

Thank you so much for a wonderful,  entertaining and educational presentation. You have introduced a whole new audience to astronomy who, I am sure, will keep coming back. 

Mitchell Piercey, Events Manager The Australian Academy of Science

Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith’s talk was extremely well attended and received. Survey respondents gave her a 90.5% excellent rating, which is the best rating for the year (the average is 78%).

Request Form

For requests specifically relating to Professor Harvey-Smith's Women in STEM Ambassador portfolio, please contact WomenInSTEM@unsw.edu.au. For other speaking or media requests, contact my agent using the form below.

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith