What On Earth Colloquium



Media Release

8 February 2018


Nanogirl to host ‘What on Earth’ Colloquium

Big data, artificial intelligence and automation are high on Dr Michelle Dickinson’s radar when she hosts next month’s ‘What on Earth’ Colloquium in Wellington.

Dr Dickinson is the director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd, more commonly known as Nanogirl – a science-savvy female who uses her engineering skills to solve her way out of challenges in life. Dickinson is also a senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland.

The ‘What on Earth’ Colloquium will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on March 6 and 7.

Hosting the ‘What on Earth’ Colloquium is synonymous with her mission to make the benefits of science accessible to all.

The event will cover innovative topics around earth observation including land and marine monitoring, mapping, artificial intelligence and precision agriculture.

Speakers will include Geoscience Australia, Airbus Defence and Space, German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the European Commission who will talk about the Copernicus Programme.  

Dr Dickinson says she is excited to host the event.

“I am really looking forward to the sessions on artificial intelligence, big data and the future of automated industries.”

Climate change is a special focus of the event and Dr Dickinson says that information obtained from earth observation satellites can be used to better manage and conserve our environment.

Dr Dickinson lauded Rocket Lab’s successful launch of their Electron Launcher last month highlighting New Zealand’s growing space sector. Rocket Lab is among presenters at the event.

“Whether you are in industry, policy, science or a student interested in how earth observation from space can help us to build an even better New Zealand for the future, this event is for you” Dr Dickinson says.

The event will bring together people from a wide range of sectors with an interest in earth observation, identify the benefits of earth observation to industries and lay the groundwork for the creation of an earth observation organisation or community.

The event is being hosted by Venture Southland in partnership with the New Zealand Space Agency, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the Ministry for the Environment and the Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST).

Registrations for ‘What on Earth’ 2018 are open at www.whatoneearth.co.nz


For more information please contact:

Venture Southland Strategic Projects Manager Rhiannon Suter on (03) 211 1404


Click here for the event programme.