What is Soapbox Science?

soapbox-science-11-of-79Soapbox 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!

You can find out more about our upcoming and past events, or to get a feel for what an event is like, watch our video of Soapbox Science London 2013.


Apply to take part!

The call for speakers is NOW OPEN! Want to take your science to the streets? Find out more about taking part and apply here!


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: soapboxscience@gmail.com


What happened so far?

Athena Donald

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.

soapbox-science-2016-446-photo-by-soapboxDr Seirian Sumner – Evolutionary biologist and behavioural ecologist; specialises in social evolution and social behaviour in insects (bees, wasps & ants)
Twitter: @WaspWoman

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Ecologist interested in global environmental change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Twitter: @Pettorelli

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

zslWe 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



selogoSince 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 soapboxscience@gmail.com for any general inquiry