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:

Talking drones, whale snot and was asked about whale reproduction to years 3-6 at McCallums Hill Public School, Sydney.

Talking drones, whale snot and was asked about whale reproduction to years 3-6 at McCallums Hill Public School, Sydney.

INTRIGUED & INSPIRED - Such an amazing and motivating presentation about scientific research 🐳 Thank you @VanessaPirotta
— Bridget Sharkey
A wonderful recount of my presentation by a year two student.

A wonderful recount of my presentation by a year two student.

My (Year 2) son’s written recount on your presentation and probably the most interesting thing I’ve ever read on the subject of mucus. Thank you for visiting our school and making science fun for him. (Btw - I think that’s you in the pink top and purple shoes!) #whalesnot
— @MariaRallis

National and international outreach

Regional 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-A-Scientist

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-A-Scientist

Skype with year 11 and 12 students at Cedars Christian College, New South Wales. Photo credit: Cedars Christian College.

Skype-A-Scientist

Skype with American International School of Guangzhou, China.

Skype-A-Scientist

Skype with year 8, Kingsway Christian College Perth, Western Australia.

 

Local outreach

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.

Questacon, Canberra

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.