01 about

Vanessa Hill is an Australian producer and science journalist, as well as a popular host and public speaker. She is the creator of the hit PBS series BrainCraft, and the new 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. In late 2019, Vanessa was named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador for women in STEM


A popular educational presence on YouTube since its launch in 2014, BrainCraft shares self-improvement tips and advice based in psychology and neuroscience, with more than 500,000 subscribers and 30 million views to date. Vanessa's learning media production company, BrainCraft Studios, produced 5 seasons of BrainCraft for PBS as well as short and long-form content for PBS, ABC Australia, Screen Australia 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 federal government, Vanessa turned to YouTube to bridge the gap between scientific research and people’s daily well-being. 

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Science (Science Communication) from Australian National University. She now lives in New York City with her labradoodle.


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 2019 keynote at SXSW 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 contact

hello (at) braincraft (dot) tv