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Paola is a world-leading researcher, expert witness, media commentator and corporate speaker forging new frontiers in forensic science and the most challenging criminal investigations.


An ambassador and thought leader in the importance of integrating a holistic way of investigating science and life. Paola's natural curiosity and uplifting dialogue is contagious.

Dr Jae West, PhD - Scitech


Paola Magni, a.k.a. Australia’s ‘bug whisperer’, is the global face of the specialist forensic science that uses insects and other small creatures to help solve murders, suspicious deaths and cold cases.


Not only is her expertise relied on by law enforcement agencies and crime scene investigators around the world, but Italian-born Paola is also unravelling the mysteries behind bugs in a way we can all understand.


She has even been the inspiration behind a character on RIS Delitti Imperfetti – the

Italian version of television series CSI Crime Scene Investigation. 


With her trademark energy and passion for all things bug-related, Paola is a

screenplay consultant and acting coach for the show to ensure it is as realistic

as possible. 


Paola is also a tech entrepreneur. Her Smartinsects smartphone app which

assists law enforcement agencies to identify bugs has been

downloaded more than 40,000 times.  


Her cutting-edge CSI-VR virtual reality environment for training forensic investigators was selected as a 2019 Australian finalist for Pitch @ Palace. 


One of her top priorities, however, is nurturing the next generation of scientists, encouraging young women to follow their dreams of smashing the stereotypes and forging new frontiers.


Wife, mother to two daughters under the age of three, career scientist podcaster, guest lecturer and media commentator, Paola has never been afraid to prove that women can – and should – have it all.

After centuries of dormancy, young women can now look toward a future moulded by their own hands.

Rita Levi-Montalcini

coporat speaker



Paola is a charismatic and captivating speaker with an infectious enthusiasm for the role insects and other pieces of nature play in crime scene investigation. 


Proudly smashing the STEM stereotypes, this self-confessed ‘glamour-nerd’ is smart, vibrant and entertaining. 


Paola’s vivacious personality and natural sparkle belie the gritty determination and down-to-earth outlook that have driven her goals and ambitions. 


With a mission to motivate, to innovate, to inspire, to challenge, to educate and to share, Paola is a natural-born presenter.

Paola’s topics include

  • Why bugs don’t lie 

  • If you can’t find a role model, become one

  • Smashing stereotypes in STEM

  • Expert witnesses, trace evidence and crime scene investigation

  • Why women should and can have it all

  • When forensic science meets forensic fiction

  • Breaking down barriers: Making science accessible and inspiring for all

  • Becoming a forensic scientist

To inquire about having Paola speak at your next event contact Lisa Johns on 0421 315 186 or




Australian Science Communicator of the Year

Forensic Experts Award: Natural Sciences (Environmental Forensics, Botany, Entomology, Microbiology, Forensic Zoology)


2024 Australian of the Year for Western Australia - Finalist



WA Women's Hall of Fame inductee




West Australian of the Year Professions Category - Finalist


BT Women Leading in Tech - Finalist


New Colombo Plan “Environmental forensics: science, investigation and transnational education to fight green crimes” 




Participant in the “COVID-19 Research and Development Task Force” initiative of Khalifa University of Science and Technology in the UAE  


Women in Technology WiTWA Tech [+] Award


Women in Technology First Among Equals Award


Homeward Bound HB6 Project


Tall Poppy Award


Recognised as a WA Business News 40under40


WA Business News 40under40 Intrapreneur Overall Winner


Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society National Travel Award


STM “Hot 100” People, Places and Events Influencing WA




Pitch @ Palace - Australian Finalist


Endeavour Leadership Program - two projects awarded

FameLab Global - 4th Place

FameLab Australia - Audience Choice Winner

FameLab Australia - National Winner




Outstanding Service by an Academic Staff Member, Murdoch University


New Colombo Plan “CSI Singapore: Crime Scene Investigation & Science Education at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum” – interactive activity created by forensic science and science education students at LKCNHM of Singapore




ICE Travel Award, keynote speaker at the International Conference of Entomology, USA


Perth Convention Bureau Award to participate in the International Conference of Entomology, USA


Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society WA Branch Travel Award


New Colombo Plan “Breaking down barriers for justice: an intercultural approach to Crime Scene Investigation” – providing capability to Australian forensic students to cooperate with Indo-Pacific (Malaysian) colleagues and to become forensically aware across cultures in the application of crime scene analyses 


Dr Paola Magni wowed the FameLab International judges at Cheltenham Science Festival with her investigative and scientific skills – asking what do shoes, barnacles and crime scenes have in common?

British Council, 2019



Paola is a genuine, talented ambassador and gifted science communicator. She exudes confidence and intellect, while also being very entertaining and likeable.

Lyn Hawkins - Director, Business Women Australia

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