Fit Cheetahs for Schools

Education is important. As a science communicator and mother of two, I have always been interested in finding different ways to promote learning whilst trying to ensure that it is interesting and fun. And as a scientist, it is important to me to communicate my research, raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and promote science in general.



                                                                                   Explaining the Footprint Identification Technique to a keen volunteer.

                                                                                   Photo courtesy of Pinner Photography

I therefore offer the following for schools:

Skype sessions

Let’s Skype and get the pupils to ask me questions about my research, cheetah conservation and life as a researcher. This is a unique opportunity for primary and secondary schools to have direct contact with a researcher and find out more about cheetah research.

Skype sessions for schools are offered as an incentive for a £250 donation on the science crowdfunding website at Anyone can make this donation in favour of a school of their choice. I can hold these sessions from Scotland or Namibia in either English or German.


Talks in schools

I am also happy to hold talks in schools. The donation for this needs to be at least the amount of the Skype donation and also cover my travel expenses. These talks can be held in English or German. If you have any further questions or wish to book a school’s visit, please contact me directly at for more information.


Access to my Cheetah Research Blog

Everyone who gives a donation will receive access to my research blog and will therefore be able to follow my research for the entire time of the project (approx. 3 years). I will cover lots of different topics, such as cheetah conservation, cheetah biology, field work, PhD life, lab work, genetics, FIT software etc. It will give you and your students an insight into my research and the ups and downs of the life of a researcher.

The blog will initially be in English but I will create a German version too.


                                                                                             Workshop at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

                                                                                             Photo courtesy of Tara Fuchs.

I have worked in science communication for years, delivering and leading science workshops to hundreds of children of all ages for the Edinburgh International Science Festival in Edinburgh and Abu Dhabi. I also work for Hands on Science , a company that delivers STEM workshops and challenges for schools. In addition, I held FIT sessions for wildlife volunteers and National Geographic students in Namibia.

                                                                                                      Explaining cheetah footprints to a group of volunteers. 

                                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of Boel Nilsson