Michelle Dickinson

Scientist, Adventurer, Speaker


Michelle Dickinson has a PhD in biomedical materials engineering, runs New Zealand’s only nanomechanical testing laboratory and is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

Her passion for both sports and science has enabled her to travel the world on the search for her next adventure or research project. With specialist knowledge in nanotechnology, Michelle has contributed to the development of cutting edge technologies.

Secretly, however, Michelle has been working on advancing these developments to help her to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a real life superhero. In her spare time you will usually find her outside kite-surfing, cycling, running, paddle boarding, or inside practicing martial arts.

Her recent move to academia from industry was a step towards her goal of inspiring females to push the boundaries in both science and sports, and to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design.

More recently, Dr Michelle Dickinson, who uses the popular twitter handle ‘Nanogirl’ (@medickinson), has been named Science Communicator for 2014 by the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.

Keynote Speaker Michelle Dickinson – Technology and education, what will the future hold?

Orange Room = ASB Auditorium/Theatre

The way that students experience learning is changing.  From MOOC’s to augmented reality classrooms there is no doubt that technology in the tertiary sector is being designed to enhance learning and change the way we experience education.  There is no way to predict the future, but current developments in the hardware space hint to what […]