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01 about

Vanessa Hill is an award-winning science communicator and behavioural scientist, as well as a popular host and speaker. She is the creator of the hit YouTube and PBS series, BrainCraft, and the YouTube Originals special Sleeping with Friends, an entertaining reality show about improving your sleep. Vanessa's work on YouTube and in collaboration with public broadcasters in the US and Australia has helped make her one of the leading female voices in science media.

Vanessa aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and people’s daily well-being, and is passionate about creating media that promotes health, sleep, and behaviour change. Vanessa's learning media studio, BrainCraft Studios, produced 5 seasons of BrainCraft for PBS as well as short and long-form content for PBS, ABC Australia, Screen Australia, Nebula Originals and YouTube Originals.

Vanessa began her career with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, working to connect the public with the latest research as an educator and spokesperson. After spending six years with the agency, Vanessa turned to YouTube. In 2019, Vanessa was named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador for women in STEM, and is currently at the Smithsonian as a life-size statue as part of the IF/THEN exhibit. 'Statue Vanessa' welcomes all visitors (within Smithsonian operating hours). 

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Science from Australian National University. She lives between New York City and Sydney and is available to travel for speaking engagements and workshops. 


02 shows


03 speaking

Vanessa has more than 10 years of experience giving public talks and running educational workshops. 


She frequently speaks at events big and small – from a SXSW keynote to hosting Planet Earth II trivia for BBC America.


Vanessa is available to speak on a variety of topics, including: 

  • The science of effective communication

  • YouTube as a new medium for education

  • Why you need more sleep (and how to get it)

Most recently, she ran a series of workshops for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on mastering online video. She is also available to run science communication training at schools and universities.


04 selected press

This Sleep Scientist’s Stylish Home Tour Is Full of Tips for Getting Better Rest
Sleep Hygiene 101 with BrainCraft's Vanessa Hill
Re-Inventing The Way You Think About Sleep
Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments
How Vanessa Hill demystifies the brain through stop-motion animations
3 Science Entrepreneurs: How They Built Unique Science Careers

05 contact

hello (at) braincraft (dot) tv