Michelle is often asked to speak at events all over the world, and with her busy schedule booking early is advised as Michelle’s schedule usually fills up months in advance.  With expertise in science and technology, Michelle gives both technical talks as well as talks inspiring others to follow their dreams, and girls to have confidence in breaking the stereotype if they find something that they love.  Michelle is passionate about making learning fun and carrying out science experiments in unusual places so is always happy to help you figure out how to bring science to your next event.

As a big advocate for learning, Michelle is always happy to speak for free at your low decile school or community event, however please understand that as she receives several requests a week to do this, she may not be able to commit to all requests.

To book Michelle for a corporate event please e-mail your request here

To book Michelle for a local school or community event please e-mail your request here

For those wanting to improve their public speaking skills, Michelle teamed up with Microsofts Dr James Whittaker to discuss the introverts and the extroverts guide for “How to Rock the Stage”.

The slides associated with the talk can be viewed here, but we agreed that the general rules to follow for a successful presentation are:

Have one key message, Make sure you are well prepared, Start strong, Use props wisely, Use voice control, Body language, Nail the Landing

It won’t help you with your nerves, but it might help you to prepare for your first or even your fiftieth public talk.


May “Mentoring, Networking and the meaning of Leadership and Success” YWCA Aotearoa NZ Keynote Auckland
May “Beyond the ponytail, women, work, progress?” Tabletalk, Ika, Auckland
May “Education, Poverty and National Standards, when exams aren’t everything” Inspiring Educators, Waitangi
April “Leadership, what it means to successful women” Wise Women, Auckland
April “Social Media and your personal brand” Global Women, Auckland
March March“Beneath the surface” TechEd Conference, Auckland – Keynote
February “Science Fact or Science Fiction, how nanotechnology is changing our lives” OzApp Awards, Perth
February “Nanotechnology, how the future is now the present” YWCA Aotearoa NZ Keynote Auckland


November “Nanotechnology is killing the whales, and other fictional stories” NZ Skeptics Conference Auckland
November “When the small things matter” Animfx Wellington – Keynote
September “Nanotechnology, how our future devices may be powered” TechEd Conference Auckland
September “Beneath the surface” TechEd Conference, Auckland – Keynote
August “When small visions become big ideas” NZX, Welligton.
August “What does it mean to be a leader?” Auckland Prefect Girls Meeting, Auckland
May “When small ideas become big concepts” Kiwinet Innovation Network Board Event, Auckland
March “Nanobots – are they really going to take over your brain?” Orion Health


November “Small changes in science education” Waitakere Principles Association Graduation, Trust Stadium Auckland).
October Thomas Nisbit Oration “When small things end up being really big” Auckland Town Hall.
August Fast Forward Lecture Series “Thinking Small, Building Smart”
July Auckland Inventors Club “Nanotechnology, what is it and where it’s going”
June Auckland Museum Institute – Cafe Scientifique public talk “Waiter! There’s nanotechnology in my soup”
May Young Enterprise Scheme CEO Conference – Dream Big – Live like a Superhero! (Auckland NZ)
February Nerdnite Auckland – Nerds, Nights and Nano (Auckland NZ)


October Bright Sparks Award – MC of event and public talk on “Superhero Dreams” (Wellington NZ)
October TEDx Auckland – Nanogirl, my quest to become a superhero (Auckland NZ)