Soapbox Science

Are you curious about nano-carbon? Feeling mystified about metabolism? Or simply want to know what makes a scientist tick? Then Soapbox Science is the must attend event for you.

Across the UK and beyond this summer, the world’s finest female scientists will once again be taking to their soapboxes to share their passion for science and answer some of its most mysterious questions.

In its most international year so far, Soapbox Science will be taking place in 15 cities across the UK, as well as in Australia, Canada, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. The UK events will kick off on London’s Southbank on Saturday 27 May, as scientists move out of the lab and take to the streets to discuss everything from diamonds to dormice reintroduction.

London Soapbox Science event 

  • Saturday 27 May 2017 
  • 2-5pm 
  • Queen's Stone, Riverside walkway, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP
  • Sponsored by ZSL and the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme 
  • Features 12 speakers from institutions across the UK, including ZSL's Jenny Jaffe who will be talking about: “Diseased dormice? How wildlife vets help reintroduce rare species!”

Inspired by Hyde Park’s famous speakers corner, Soapbox Science transforms public areas into arenas for learning and debate, as leading scientists share their love for science and discuss a huge array of topics, from the intergalactic to the nanoscale.

Co-founded by ZSL scientist Dr Nathalie Pettorelli and Dr Seirian Sumner from UCL, Soapbox Science events champion the vital role of women in science and provide an exciting opportunity to meet, engage and be inspired by these remarkable individuals.

New for this year, later this summer will also see the launch of the Soapbox Art & Science 2017 events, which see artists and scientists paired up to explore the riddles of science. The outcomes of these creative collaborations will be presented at additional Soapbox events across the UK, beginning in Oxford on Saturday 1 July and coming to London, Leeds and Lincoln later in the year – with more information to come. 

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