Siouxsie Wiles

Profile

Microbiologist, Speaker, 2021 New Zealander of the Year

With her bright pink hair, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles is hard to miss! She’s one of the country’s most recognised and respected scientists, trained as a microbiologist. Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find out what’s making us sick with the aim of finding new medicines. She still can’t quite believe she gets paid to do it for a living. Outside the lab, Siouxsie regularly appears on radio and TV, working hard to smash the stereotypes people have about what scientists and leaders look like.

Siouxsie has been recognised many times for her amazing contributions to science and society in New Zealand. In 2019 she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to microbiology and science communication. Prior to this, she has been honoured as a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust as well as winning both the Royal Society Te Aparangi Callaghan Medal and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Siouxsie became one of the primary faces, communicators and educators in NZ. This led to Siouxsie being named the supreme winner of the Stuff-Westpac Women of Influence Awards in 2020 and the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Location

Auckland, New Zealand

Social Links

Skills

Keynote Speaker, Panellist

Interests

Current Affairs, Health & Lifestyle, Research, Science

Speaking Topics

COVID-19, Pandemic/Infectious diseases/antibiotic resistance, Leadership, Being a woman in science, Authenticity (bringing your whole self to your work/career)

Event Highlights

2022COVID 19/Vaccination Session, Callaghan Innovation - Speaker
2022COVID 19/Vaccination Session, Dunedin City Council - Speaker
2022COVID 19/Vaccination Session, MediaWorks - Speaker

Testimonials (7)

Water NZ Conference 2022

Siouxsie was our keynote speaker for our conference earlier this year, she was fantastic, organised and very articulate. Great feedback from her keynote session.

Charlotte Carr | Event Manager

Avenues Event Management