Distinguished Professor Susan Scott is Professor of Theoretical Physics in the ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics in the Research School of Physics.

Professor Scott is also a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery OzGrav (ANU node).

She is a general relativity, gravitational waves and black hole expert, and has considerable media experience.

Fields of expertise



What are stars made of?

In the immortal words of Pumbaa, Disney’s greatest warthog: ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?…


Girls take on the galaxy: inspiring the next generation of women in STEM

Sitting in her year seven science class at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Susan Scott had long been…


ANU and UWA launch a revolution in Australian science education

Two national teaching programs will “revolutionise” science education in Australian schools and generate the next generation of Aussie…


Science ‘stars’ recognised with major awards

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) who are unlocking the secrets of space and time, fighting disease…

15 March 2023


Gravitational wave guru first Aussie to win top global science prize

One of the world’s leading physicists who is helping unlock the Universe’s most complex mysteries is the first…

26 October 2022


ANU physicist making waves in space joins top global society

A theoretical physicist from The Australian National University (ANU) whose pioneering work has fundamentally altered our understanding of…


An ANU physicist’s quest for success lightyears away

Imagine working on a project for 20 years before seeing any concrete outcome or results. That was Distinguished…

16 November 2021


Scientists detect a ‘tsunami’ of gravitational waves

A team of international scientists, including researchers from The Australian National University (ANU), have unveiled the largest number…

8 November 2021


Black holes swallow neutron stars like ‘Pac-Man’

Scientists have for the first time detected black holes eating neutron stars, “like Pac Man”, in a discovery…


Gravitational wave search no humdrum hunt

The hunt for the never before heard “hum” of gravitational waves caused by mysterious neutron stars has just…


Mammoth collision of `impossible’ black holes detected

The most massive black hole collision ever detected has been directly observed by the LIGO and VIRGO Scientific…

2 September 2020


The curious case of a star crash in a galaxy far, far away

The detection of two neutron stars colliding in space about five billion trillion kilometres away has left an…

7 January 2020

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