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First Women in STEM Ambassador

13 October 2018

Award-winning astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith has been selected Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador.

Professor Harvey-Smith will spearhead the Coalition Government’s effort to encourage girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields on a national scale.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated Professor Harvey-Smith for her appointment in the role. 

“As Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Harvey-Smith will advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers, raising awareness and driving cultural and social change for gender equity. I look forward to working closely with her,” Minister Andrews said.

“If we can increase participation in STEM by girls and women, we will strengthen Australia’s research, scientific and business capability.

“The Women in STEM Ambassador role will complement existing work and activities that are driving greater gender equity in science, both Government and sector-led.”

The Coalition Government is committed to improving gender equity in STEM and the Ambassador role is part of a $4.5 million package, announced in the 2018‑19 Budget.

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith’s research has been published in more than 40 scientific papers.

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070