Become a Local Organiser

We are looking for passionate volunteers to establish new Soapbox Science events in their local areas


What is Soapbox Science and why should you get involved?

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach festival for promoting women and non-binary scientists and the science they do. It is a fresh, no-frills grass-roots approach to bringing science to all people on the streets, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have come across science in their daily lives. Our Soapbox Scientists are real-life scientists, who are at the cutting-edge of scientific research. They stand on soapboxes on busy urban streets and talk to the passers-by about their science. They share their knowledge, answer the public’s questions, and above all they share their passion and thirst for the advancement of science. Look out for bat simulators, dances about planet formation 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!

soapbox-science-2016-288Since 2011, Soapbox Science has been established in more than 70 cities across the world and it is looking to expand! It has involved over 2500 scientists and reached over 250,000 members of the public. Dr Isabel Pires, a lecturer and cancer research scientists who organises Soapbox Science in Hull, says: “The training offered by the Soapbox Science team was really helpful, and the whole experience opened doors to me both at work and externally. It was a great platform to increase my visibility as a scientist.”
codhar5waaabfxqSoapbox Science HQ is interested in hearing from academic staff who would like to establish an event in their local area. Typically, organisers have been a Soapbox Science speaker or volunteer elsewhere, or they have heard about Soapbox Science and were keen to get involved. If you would like to read more about becoming a local organiser, read Manchester Organiser Dr Jo Pennock’s blog post.

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What Soapbox Science HQ offers

Soapbox Science will help with guidance and support  from inception to the event day and beyond. They will put out the call for speakers and assist in the administration of the selection process. They will also deliver training for the Local Organisers (to be held online). This will cover all aspects of organising an event. Soapbox Science will actively promote the speakers, the Local Organisers and the event on social media and the website as well as on national and international press platforms. Soapbox Science will be there throughout the whole process to answer any questions you may have.

What we ask from our Local Organisers

The Local Organiser(s) will be responsible for the organisation of the Soapbox Science event in their local area. This includes:

  • Assembling and managing an organising team. Organising an event is time consuming and we know that a team is needed to make the event a success.
  • Securing a venue
  • Selecting speakers
  • Securing funding to cover the costs associated with the organisation of the events (a typical Soapbox Science budget varies between £3,000 and £6,000)
  • Enlisting volunteers
  • Liaising with local press and media
  • Being an active ambassador for Soapbox Science

Organizing an event is a lot of work – and therefore we don’t expect Local Organisers to act as speakers.

How to apply

In order to apply and help grow the Soapbox Science initiative, please fill out the online application form

The deadline to apply to become a Local Organiser for 2024 is the 31st of October, 2023

If you have any questions, please email