Michelle Dickinson

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Michelle Dickinson
Top Skills
  • Compere/MC
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Panellist
Top Interests
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Current Affairs
  • Food & Wine
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Research


Nanotechnologist, Speaker, MC, Adrenaline Junkie

Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve them as a full time nanotechnologist and engineer. With a background in fracture mechanics Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking sterotypes through her science media work on National TV and radio. Michelle has worked exclusively with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input helping to design technologies for a sustainable future. A kitesurfer, casual rock climber and martial artist, Michelle works hard to inspire females to push the boundaries in both science and sports and to encourage sustainable living through engineering design. Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014.

Testimonials (2)

  • “Dr Michelle Dickinson was the headline motivational speaker for ALGIM’s Customer Service Symposium and we found her to be a fantastic presenter. Humorous, engaging and full of personality, Michelle was an interesting and exciting speaker to listen to as she discussed her life, new changes happening in technology and the impressive charity programmes she is involved in. The live experiments she lead us in had the entire room active and enjoying themselves, and was just one of many interactive opportunities she offered during the presentation. While our delegates are not involved in sciences, the benefits and lessons of Michelle’s approach to life were nonetheless very inspiring and of huge benefit to us all. From an organisational perspective, we also found Michelle to be highly professional and a pleasure to work with. We have already received a number of comments from attendees discussing how inspiring they found Michelle and that they hope to see her speak again at our events. We would happily book her again.” Shivarn Stewart |Communications & Marketing Manager Association of Local Government Information Management
  • MICROSOFT TECH ED - KEY NOTE SPEAKER - 2014 “Michelle is an inspiration, she is an introvert that has learned the art of stage presence. Being an introvert resonates very well with technical audiences that look for detail and understanding in the concepts that they are being presented. Michelle’s inspiring and personable approach to her presentation material sparks the curiosity in all of us. Michelle has a way of taking complex concepts and communicating them in memorable and approachable ways. Michelle is an impossible person who will reframe your understand of the world and change the way that you think about what’s possible.” Nigel Parker, Director, Microsoft NZ

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