Soapbox Art & Science Leeds 2017

Soapbox Science is coming to Leeds for the very first time, but will have a new and exciting element! Who is a scientist and who is an artist? Can the work someone in a lab coat is doing relate to a painting, or a dancer, or be understood through music? The new project aims to bring science to arts fans and art to scientists. By challenging artists and scientists to work together, Soapbox Art & Science will bring difficult science concepts to the public in exciting, innovative and engaging ways.

Some of the UK’s leading women in science will take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the general public, alongside some amazing local artists.

The new Soapbox Art & Science 2017 event will capitalize on Soapbox Science’s current strengths to widen the audiences exposed to science carried out by women and will facilitate communication and collaboration between the arts and science communities.

Soapbox Art & Science Leeds will be part of Light Night in the University Quarter.



Details of the location and timing of the event


Date: Friday 6th October, 2017

Address: Beech Grove Plaza, University of Leeds

Time: 6pm – 10pm




We couldn’t run this Leeds event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Since 2014, our overall whole initiative is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. We are very grateful for their financial support of the new Soapbox Art & Science project.



Volunteer with Soapbox Art & Science Leeds

Are you passionate about science and love talking to people about it? Do you want to help raise awareness about gender equality in science careers? Soapbox Art & Science Leeds is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 6th October 2017!

Please sign up here

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Each event relies on an animated team of up to 20 volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them informally about science, supporting the speakers by managing props and helping to calm any pre-box nerves, as well as handing out Soapbox goodies to lucky audience members! But perhaps the most important role of the volunteers is gathering data so we can effectively monitor the success of the event: volunteers carry out the bulk of our streamlined evaluation process, through interviews, observations and counting footfall.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, informal and inspiring art & science and help challenge ideas about who can be a scientist!



Our Scientists & Artists


Our new Art & Science events saw strong competition to take part. The selected participants and their discussion topics include:


Group One – 6pm – 7pm


Rhiannon Gregory (@rhi_gregory), Textile Artist will work with

Dr Lorna Dougan (@DouganGroup)University of Leeds. Their topic: “Exploiting engineered proteins to design novel biomaterials that solve healthcare challenges.”


Pippa Church (@Pippa_Church) and Julianna Skarzynska (@jul_skar), New Vic Borderlines  will work with

Dr Dimitra Blana (@ddimitra), Keele University. Their topic:  “Animating puppets and re-animating limbs: how we tackle paralysis”


Dr Eirini Boukla (@EiriniBoukla), University of Leeds  will work with

Dr Anne Buckner (@Starry_N3bula ), University of Leeds. Their topic: “Star Clusters: The Majestic Building Blocks of Our Galaxy




Group Two – 7pm – 8pm


Deborah Gardner (@sculpture410), University of Leeds will work with

Dr Anke Brüning-Richardson (@AnkeBgyar)Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology. Their topic:  “See how they run (or not!) – Stopping brain tumour cells from spreading


Dr Joslin McKinney (@JoslinMcK), University of Leeds will work with

Dr Catherine Walsh, University of Leeds. Their topic:  “From Interstellar Snowflakes to Life, Ice and chemistry in space


Dr Joanne Armitage (@joannnne), University of Leeds  “Can you feel the music?”




Group Three – 8pm – 9pm


Jane Scott, University of Leeds will work with

Professor Michelle PeckhamUniversity of Leeds. Their topic: “Seeing is believing – how microscopy can show you what cells are made of”


Victoria Stafford (@ToriaStafford), University of Manchester “Dig that Uranium Glow – Using Luminescence Spectroscopy to Study Uranium”


Dr Louise MurrayUniversity of Leeds. Her topic:  “Radiotherapy in 2017: personalised and precise cancer treatment




Group Four – 9pm – 10pm


Rosie Shepley (@RosieShepley), Artist  will work with

Dr Philippa Shepley (@PhilippaShepley), University of Leeds. Their topic:  “Condensed Matter Physics: Beyond the North: the secret life of magnetic domains”


Dr Tatiana Abellán (@TatianAbellan ), University of Murcia will work with

Dr Patricia AbellánSuperSTEM. Their topic:  Soft-matter and Nanoplasmonics: Below the surface of matter”


Meet our scientists



Meet our artists