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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022 – NYSF and Women in STEM Ambassador

February 12 @ 5:30 am

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Join astrophysicist, author and Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Dr Melanie Bagg (GAICD) for [event description here].

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Dr Melanie Bagg GAICD, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). The NYSF is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. 

Melanie is the former Director, Communications and Outreach at the Australian Academy of Science and has a BSc, a BHSc (Hons) and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Melanie brings over 15 years of experience in STEM management, science communication, outreach, publishing and media for the not-for-profit and higher education sectors. In 2016, Melanie was awarded the Unsung Hero of SA Science Communication for her commitment to translating complex science into something we can all understand as ABC891’s regular Medical Science Mythbuster. At the Australian Academy of Science, Melanie established a STEM video production unit, led her team to unprecedented publishing success globally and was awarded two Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) Golden Target Awards for Not-for-Profit In-House Team of the Year in 2018. Today, Melanie can still be found helping the community connect with latest research on social media and as a regular STEM commentator on ABC Radio National. 

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales. In her role as Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Harvey-Smith is responsible for mobilising Australia’s business leaders, educators and policymakers to increase the participation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

She is an award-winning astrophysicist with research interests in the birth and death of stars and supermassive black holes. Lisa serves on the Australian Space Agency’s Advisory Group, the SciTech Advisory Group, and is a member of the Questacon Advisory Group and Chief Executive Women, among others. She worked for over a decade on the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Telescope (ASKAP) – a continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history.

She is a presenter on the popular ABC Television show Stargazing Live, a frequent keynote speaker, and a regular science and gender equity commentator on TV and radio. In 2016 she was awarded the Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research and was a recipient of the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal for her contributions to the Australian SKA Pathfinder Telescope. 


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