Event type
Science and Conservation Events
Event status
27 May 2023 12:13am - 12:16am

This event is fully accessible.

London’s iconic Southbank is set to host a celebration of game-changing women and non-binary people in science, as ZSL’s Soapbox Science returns for a 13th year inspiring the public in the city.

soapbox science display

On Saturday 27 May 2023, from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank will once again become a hive of scientific sharing, as some of the UK’s leading scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase cutting-edge research in this free live event. 

Speakers include ZSL Institute of Zoology’s Ceri Webster on how sharks have kept oceans healthy since before the dinosaurs, King’s College London’s Navodini Wijethilake delving into how AI could be used to manage brain tumours and UCL’s Dr Zoë Waller on tiny medicine-delivering robots made from DNA. These inspiring scientists will be part of a line-up of speakers, covering a host of intriguing topics; from nanosized crystals that could revolutionise disease detection to the birth of giant planets in outer space. 

soapbox science display by river thames with crowd

Co-founded by ZSL’s Institute of Zoology’s Professor Nathalie Pettorelli and UCL’s Professor Seirian Sumner in 2011, Soapbox Science’s mission is to promote gender equality in science by championing the vital role of women and non-binary people. The popular London event celebrates experts across Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The thought-provoking ZSL-led science session on London’s Southbank – made possible thanks to sponsorship from Overleaf – is part of 35 other free Soapbox Science events around the world. 

Find out more about Soapbox Science

We're challenging stereotypes

Only 13% of the UK’s STEM workforce are women while many reports on diversity in STEM still fail to consider non-binary people. By giving scientists a public voice through their free events, Soapbox Science’s award-winning work helps address this imbalance by challenging stereotypes and providing a fun, accessible way for people from all backgrounds to engage with science. 

Why is Soapbox Science so important?

By transforming public areas into hubs of scientific learning, Soapbox Science events give leading scientists a new way of sharing their work and allow absolutely everyone to learn from and be inspired by their ground-breaking research – all part of ZSL’s wider work empowering change through outreach and education. We’ve spent the last 12 years challenging stereotypes of who can be a scientist, and now hold Soapbox Science events in 14 different countries around the world. It all started here in London, so we’re excited to be back in the city again for our 13th year of breaking down barriers to science.
- Soapbox Science co-founder, ZSL’s Professor Nathalie Pettorelli