Soapbox Science 2015 Bristol

7 June 2015, 2.00 PM - 7 June 2015, 5.00 PM

Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5LN

On June 7th, 2-5pm, Bristol’s Millennium Square will be transformed into a hub of scientific debate as some of the UK’s leading female speakers take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the people of Bristol and surrounds.

The event’s mission remains the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2012 video.


2015 saw strong competition to appear at the event. The winners and their discussion topics included:

Dr Jo Barnes (@aqmrc_uwe), University of West England (UWE) “How are our transport choices affecting our health?”

Dr Lynne Thomas (@lynnehthomas), University of Bath “Why does Chocolate go off? Adventures with crystals”

Dr Charlotte Pascoe (_@CharlottePascoe), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) “The insides of a climate model and how we use them to ask questions about the future”

Dr Annika Lohstroh,  University of Surrey “Overcoming challenges in radiation detection in Medicine, Industry and Security”

Dr Carina Fearnley (@CarinaFearnley), Aberystwyth University “What natural disasters will we face in the future? Learning from dinosaurs, ancient civilisations, and rocks!”

Prof Jane Memmott, University of Bristol, Cabot Institute “The Birds and the Bees”

Ms Becky Smethurst (@becky1505)University of Oxford “Anyone for a holiday to Andromeda?”

Dr Susanne Quadflieg, University of Bristol “Not handsome enough to tempt you? The brain science of snap judging conspecifics”

Miss Anna Tiley (@tileyanna), University of Bristol, Cabot Institute “Investigating a Cereal Killer”

Miss Emily Bell (@EmilyfBell) “How to have a social life – lessons from the wasps”

Dr Maaike de Jong, University of Bristol, Cabot Institute “Butterflies and global change: can evolution come to the rescue?” 


The Natural Environment Research Council is sponsoring Dr Carina Fearnley & Prof Jane Memmott. The Natural Environment Research Council is the UK’s largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres. Formed by Royal Charter in 1965, the Natural Environment Research Council marks its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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