Motivational Keynote Speaker
TOPIC: The future is exciting
Technology is quietly taking over some of the jobs that humans once did and isn't it great! No more washing your clothes by hand or riding your horse to work. While some of these advancements are physically obvious, others are more subtle but also arguably more powerful. With large data-sets and inventory management within the procurement and supply chain management field technology can bring huge benefits to help informed decisions be made more easily. Sustainable sourcing as well as real-time inventory tracking and restocking are two examples of how technology can work hard behind the scenes so you can get back to the important stuff - people. Dr Michelle Dickinson – a nanotechnologist has over 20 years’ experience in creating new technologies and has watched old jobs die and new ones be created. She will take you on a journey of where the data predicts procurement is going and what human skills will be valued in the future to help you prepare today.
BIO - Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a passionate researcher and teacher with a love of science and engineering. Michelle has made it her life mission to make science and engineering fun and accessible for all through many different media platforms including: Authoring bestselling books The Kitchen Science Cookbook and No 8 Recharged. Hosting and co-creating TV shows Nanogirl and the imaginauts and The Kitchen Science Cookbook. Creating and hosting top charting podcasts Nanogirl’s Great Science Adventures and Stupid Questions For Scientists.
With a PhD in Biomedical and Materials Engineering Michelle has combined her interests to give her a unique insight into how nature and technology can learn from each other for scientific developments.
As co-founder of Nanogirl Labs Ltd and an honorary academic in Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Michelle has always followed her dreams and never let traditional stereotypes scare her.
Awarded Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation, awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award.
Michelle thinks that science should be open, transparent and a topic of conversation over the dinner table, not just the lab bench. Her vision is to create positive role models in the world that our children can aspire to be like and ensuring that everyone has access to learning about science and how things work, no-matter what your age or education level.
With this belief she is passionate about creating new ways for the public to interact with science including her television appearances, live Theatre Science Shows, and science communication videos.
Michelle loves a challenge, whether it’s her favourite sports of kitesurfing, martial arts and mountain biking, or working towards finding a new scientific or engineering solution.