Vanessa loves outreach and enjoy speaking to a wide variety of demographics about science.

Recently, 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

Outreach via Skype

Making science accessible nationally and internationally via Skype:

Skype-A-Scientist

Skype with year 11 and 12 students at Cedars Christian College. Photo credit: Cedars Christian College.

Skype-A-Scientist

Skype with American International School of Guangzhou.

Skype-A-Scientist

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

 

Local outreach

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.