Vanessa loves outreach and enjoys speaking to a wide variety of demographics about science.
Vanessa was officially recognised for her work as the recipient of the 2018 Office of the Environment & Heritage and Ecological Society of Australia award for outstanding outreach.
School outreach is one of Vanessa’s favourite and most memorable types of outreach:
National and international outreach
Lending a science communication hand to the Australian Museum. Vanessa took time out of her research schedule to help teach biological diversity subjects to over 300 year 11 school students in Coffs Harbour, Australia.
Skype with grade 5 at Concordian International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Vanessa spoke all about ocean pollution with the students.
Skype with Kambala Girls School, Sydney
Vanessa spoke about innovation, technology and whale research with a very enthusiastic group of students.
Skype with year 11 and 12 students at Cedars Christian College, New South Wales. Photo credit: Cedars Christian College.
Skype with American International School of Guangzhou, China.
Skype with year 8, Kingsway Christian College Perth, Western Australia.
Insect study with Lane Cove Public School, Sydney
Vanessa carried out a series of insect experiments with 60 students from Lane Cove Public school as a CSIRO STEM professional in schools and the recipient of the NSW OEH and ESA outreach award.
Bringing the ocean to the bush capital. Vanessa thoroughly enjoyed going back to Canberra and telling school children all about her research.
Questacon photos by Peter Smith/LightSmith Productions.