Soapbox Science 2015

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30 May 2015

30th May 2015: Soapbox Science, the initiative championing women in science, returns this summer to present the wonder of science to the masses.

Taking inspiration from Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, Soapbox Science brings cutting-edge scientific learning straight from the lab to London’s Southbank. The event showcases some of the UK’s leading female scientists, each of whom taking to their soapboxes to champion science to the general public.

Whether a know-it-all boffin, or a complete newbie to science, Soapbox Science’s thought-provoking discussions and stimulating debates are sure to enthuse a passion for the subject. Since its inception in 2011, over 85 women have presented at Soapbox Science events around the UK and Ireland. This year’s inspirational line up of speakers include doctors, professors and students; all raring to champion their specialist subject. 90 women in total will be taking to their soapboxes this year!

Spectators will be able to engage in a wide-range of scientific discussions including the use of atoms to study space, testing innovative technology to tackle illness, and assessing the risk of extinction of a species. Speaker Dr Monika Böhm from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), said: “Soapbox Science is a great way to dispel the myth that science is just about sitting behind a microscope all day.

“My work assessing species at risk of extinction has taken me to some amazing places, and allowed me to highlight the plight of some of the most amazing animals – great and small – as well as build up friendships with amazing scientists from around the world. I can’t wait to get on my soapbox and showcase how incredible science can be.”

The London event is proudly sponsored by the Zoological Society of London and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme for the fifth year running. The event is co-organised by ZSL’s Dr Nathalie Pettorelli and the University of Bristol’s Dr Seirian Sumner, who are both previous fellows of The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme.

Soapbox and ZSL

Dr Pettorelli said: “We’re trying to show that science is more than labs, microscopes, computers – it’s also about meeting people, working in teams, solving questions that can benefit society, creating, and being open minded about how things work and how they might work in the future.”

The London Soapbox Science event took place on the 30 May 2015, 2-5pm, Queen’s Stone, Riverside walkway, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP. The event is sponsored by the Zoological Society of London and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme. For a full list of the speakers and further details, visit: Soapbox Science's website

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Our mission is realised through our ground-breaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For more information visit ZSL's website.

Soapbox and ZSL

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Established in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO partnership is a long-term commitment to recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations. For Women in Science has grown into a global programme that includes International, Regional and National Fellowships and an international network of more than 2,250 women in 110 countries.

Events take place over May and June at weekends in London, Bristol, Exeter, Swansea, Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast.

  • London - Saturday 30th May 2015
  • Swansea -Saturday 6th June 2015
  • Bristol - Sunday 7th June 2015
  • Glasgow - Sunday 7th June 2015
  • Exeter - Saturday 13th June 2015
  • Belfast - Saturday 20th June 2015
  • Newcastle - Saturday 27th June 2015

With speakers ranging from PhD students to Pro Vice-Chancellors, Soapbox Science represents the full spectrum of the academic career path, and gives speakers themselves the chance to meet and network with other women in science.

Events are open to the public, free of charge, and great fun. Expect props, demonstrations and specimens, not to mention bags of passion and enthusiasm.

Soapbox and ZSL

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