Stupid Questions for Scientists

Stupid Questions for Scientists

Launched on March 20th 2017 – Stupid Questions for Scientists is a brilliantly entertaining, while delightfully educating podcast hosted by award winning Science communicator Dr Michelle Dickinson.  The podcast brings together top comedians and scientists in a show for grown-ups. Topics featured will include animal intelligence, medicinal marijuana, the science of attraction and more.

Each episode pairs a top scientist with a top comedian, and with Michelle at the helm they explore some of life’s big science questions…it’s informative, smart, and really funny.

“It’s so great to talk openly about some pretty confronting science topics. It’s smart, and it’s seriously funny!”  says Dr. Michelle Dickinson, host of Stupid Questions for Scientists and Director of Nanogirl Labs.

“People were always approaching me on the street as a scientist they recognised, and saying ‘Can I just ask you a stupid question?’.  The thing is, they weren’t stupid questions at all – they were great questions, and people didn’t have any way of asking them.  We decided to create this podcast to try and change that!”

Stupid Questions for Scientists is a joint venture between Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) and and with support from Huawei. Recorded in Auckland at the Podcasts NZ studio

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About Dr Michelle Dickinson

Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a passionate researcher and teacher with a love of science and engineering.

Her background in Biomedical and Materials Engineering have combined her interests to give her a unique insight into how nature and technology can learn from each other for scientific developments.

Currently you can find her as a senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd. Michelle has always followed her dreams and never let traditional stereotypes scare her, she strongly believes that everyone should have access to learning about science and how things work, no-matter what your age or education level.

Awarded Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014.

Michelle strongly believes that science should be open, transparent and a topic of conversation over the dinner table, not just the lab bench, and her vision is to create positive role models in the world that our children can aspire to be like.

With this belief she is passionate about creating new ways for the public to interact with science including her live Theatre Science Shows, science comedy podcast “Stupid Questions For Scientists” and science communication videos.

Michelle loves a challenge, whether it’s her favourite sports of kitesurfing, rock climbing and mountain biking, or working towards finding a new scientific or engineering solution.

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