Soapbox Science is an annual public science communication event that transforms public areas in central London into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The event follows the format of Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of the UK’s leading scientists.
At Soapbox Science, there is no middle man, no powerpoint slide, no amphitheater – there are just remarkable scientists who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask. Look out for bat simulators, fake breasts or giant pictures of volcanoes. Or simply hear them talk about what fascinates them, and why they think they have the most fantastic job in the world!
Who are we?
We are Drs Seirian Sumner and Nathalie Pettorelli, the co-organisers of Soapbox Science. We are both research biologists, based in the United Kingdom.
Dr Seirian Sumner – Evolutionary biologist and behavioural ecologist; specialises in social evolution and social behaviour in insects (bees, wasps & ants) http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/people/seirian-r-sumner/index.html
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Ecologist interested in global environmental change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services http://www.zsl.org/nathaliepettorelli
Funders & Sponsors
We couldn’t run these events without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors and funders. We are supported by L’Oreal UNESCO For Women In Science Scheme. We are fortunate to also have the logistical support of our colleagues at the Zoological Society of London.