Laura Kuhar

Research Team Leader
Superstar of STEM 2019
Science and Technology Australia

Perth, WA

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Laura Kuhar is a research team leader in the CSIRO Minerals group. She is working towards the vision of an invisible mine with her research into in-situ recovery, which is like keyhole surgery for mining; it involves the injection of liquid underground, the dissolving of value metal and processing of the fluid at the surface, without costly mining and rock processing and with environmental benefits. Laura is also passionate about enthusing children about science and she has delivered extensive activities at her kids’ school science club, libraries and is a STEM Professional in School. Laura has also been selected as one of Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM, which aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists, increase the public visibility of women in STEM and provide role models for young women and girls. Laura has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, a PhD in chemistry and has been with the CSIRO for 10 years, before which she spent time as a researcher at Anglo American and De Beers Consolidated Mines.