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Dr Michelle Dickinson

Breaker of stereotypes

My Forum Pitch 

When we think of cities, we think about buildings and infrastructure, but the heart of a city it it's people. What if Wellington could create the city with the strongest heart beat, powered not by bureaucrats but by the people who know it best?

As fracture mechanics engineer, Dr Michelle Dickinson is formally trained in breaking materials but she is now dedicating her life to breaking stereotypes.  As founder of Nanogirl Labs, Michelle manages STEM outreach programs across five countries in five different languages.  She is also an honorary academic in the Engineering Faculty at The University of Auckland. Author of The Kitchen Science Cookbook and co-author of No 8. Recharged, Michelle is passionate about growing New Zealand innovation into global success.

Winner of The Prime Ministers Prize for Science Communication and awarded a New Zealand Order Of Merit, Michelle’s work in science communication has been recognised and celebrated.

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Impossible Dreams for Wellington: city and the region.

‘Impossible Dreams’ follows the highly successful Rotary Forum 2017: Achieving the Impossible Dream for Wellington: the city and the region.




Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership 
with Victoria University of Wellington - Centre for Lifelong Learning.


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