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Soapbox Science and Bristol’s Festival of Nature

16 June 2014

Soapbox Science and Bristol’s Festival of Nature joined together over the weekend to transform Bristol’s open spaces into a hub of scientific learning and discussion.

Over the weekend, Soapbox Science took over the Bristol Harbourside with an objective to eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science.  

Jen Todd Jones was one of the 12 female scientists from across the South West to present her research, using the topic title “Optical illusions, tongue twisters, and the eyes in the back of your head: your brain is a magician!”. In the lead up to the event, Jen also wrote an article for the Guardian: Scientists don’t need to wear a white lab coat to talk about science

Soapbox Science was founded in 2011 in London, by Dr Seirian Sumner, from the University of Bristol and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, from the Zoological Society of London.


Meanwhile in Millennium Square, as part of Bristol’s Festival of Nature,  Rebecca Floyd explored the benefits of group living and decision making under the theme of Collective Intelligence. Activities included watching ants make decisions, playing Ant Nest Top Trumps as well as inviting the public to win prizes and take part in some real research.

The Festival of Nature runs from May to July, across Bath, Chew Valley and South Gloucestershire.



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