A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

A public talk with Dr Michelle Dickinson in Nelson

The MacDiarmid Institute, together with the Nelson Science Society, warmly invites you to a presentation by Dr Michelle Dickinson, aka Nanogirl, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Award.  Michelle is a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, which is holding this public talk in association with its biennial international conference, AMN-7 this year in Nelson, 8-12 February.

Science fiction or science fact – how the world around us may be more futuristic than you think

Maitai Room, Rutherford Hotel, Wednesday 11 February, 6-7pm Entry FREE.   Gold coin donations to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary predator- proof fence will be gratefully accepted. Nanotechnology is changing the world, from smarter devices to renewable energy, the science of the small is opening new opportunities for how the world tackles its current challenges.  In this talk Dr Michelle Dickinson, a nanotechnologist from The University of Auckland will discuss recent advances in nanotechnology and show ways in which science fiction is already science fact and what this means for your life today and in the near future. About Dr Michelle Dickinson – seeker of superpowers  Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve through setting up her Nanomechanical testing laboratory at The University of Auckland.  With a background in fracture mechanics, Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking stereotypes, through her science work on TV and radio.  Michelle has worked exclusively with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input into ways to harvest solar energy and create cheap and accessible drinking water as well as helping to design technologies for a sustainable future.  A competitive kite-surfer, casual rock climber and practising 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.