What is Soapbox Science?
Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Our events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; they follow the format of London 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 our leading scientists. No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women in science 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!
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Press and Media
Are you a journalist looking for experts in STEMM subjects? We have a database of past speakers on a range of topics, who have taken part in our training and who would be happy to be contacted with press opportunities. If you would like to find an expert in a certain discipline, please get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happened so far?
2018 was an exciting year for us. We ran 30 events around the world, including 6 art & science events. We were particularly proud to feature our initiative in new cities, including: Arusha, Tanzania; Munich, Germany; Halifax, Calgary and Windsor, Canada; Umeå, Sweden; and Chicago, USA. Since 2011 we have featured nearly 1000 scientists and reached 140,000 members of the public! Soapbox Science was commended by the Prime Minister in 2015, and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in June 2016. Both Soapbox Science co-founders were also invited to provide oral evidence at a 2016 Parliamentary inquiry on science communication.
Who are we?
The Soapbox Science Co-founders are Drs Seirian Sumner and Nathalie Pettorelli. 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)
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Ecologist interested in global environmental change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services
All events are organised by dedicated Local Organising Teams, who work to bring Soapbox Science to their city! Find out more about the event teams here
Funders & Sponsors
We couldn’t run events without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors and funders. Soapbox Science has been supported from the start by the Zoological Society of London.
Between 2014-2018, our whole initiative was moreover supported by STFC.
To find out more about individual event sponsors, please visit the local event pages
Since 2016, Soapbox Science works in partnership with Speakezee. Speakezee is a searchable database of academic expert speakers. They are a not-for-profit community interest company supported by the University of Bristol and other partners.
Want to contact us?
Drop us an email at email@example.com for any general inquiry