Soapbox Art & Science 2018 Bluedot

Are you curious about clouds? Feeling mystified about uranium? Want to find out how art and science can work together? Or simply want to know what makes scientists tick? Top women scientists will be taking to their soapboxes alongside artists at Bluedot Festival to share their passion for science and answer some of its most mysterious questions. They have been working together to explore a range of scientific topics in exciting new ways, from sculpture about ice crystals to performance about medicine. Join us for an afternoon or fun, informal and hands on science!

Soapbox Science is grass-roots science outreach organisation that brings cutting edge research to the public whilst also promoting the visibility of women in science. We place inspirational speakers on soapboxes and encourage them to engage in and start conversations with passers-by about their work.

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Saturday 21st July, 2017

Address: Mission Control, Bluedot Festival, The Jodrell Bank Observatory

Time: 14:30 – 17:30


We couldn’t run this 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.

Our Scientists & Artists

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

Arantza Pardo Barbeito, Sheffield Hallam University & Victoria Stafford (@ToriaStafford), University of Manchester, “Luminescence: Dig that uranium glow”

Alice Thickett (@ArtfulTacticsUK) & Anthea Cree (@antheasaif), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, “Mixing MRI and radiotherapy – seeing the cervix and reducing side effects”

Xiaoyu Xiong, Manchester School of Art & Dr Ana Payo Payo (@anapayopayo ‏), Aberdeen University, “Gulls are cool!”

Kirsteen Aubrey (@KirsteenAubrey‏), Manchester School of Art & Emilia Sephton, University of Manchester, “Not just a fluffy cloud’”

Annie CarpenterLuke Moore (@LukeMooreMusic) & Dr Helen Jermak (@HanElske), Liverpool John Moores University, “Robotic astronomy and the transient night sky”

Saoirse Higgins, Glasgow School of Art & Dr Claire Burke (@CBurkeSci), Liverpool John Moores University,When astronomy and ecology collide: saving endangered animals with solutions from the stars”

Michelle Harrison & Lucy McAreavey (@LucyMcareavey), University of Liverpool, “Creating a Clearer Picture”

Dani Rabaiotti (@DaniRabaiotti ), Zoological Society of London,Hot dogs: using technology to unravel climate impacts on the African wild dog”

Fiona Sach, Univeristy of Nottingham / British Geological Survey / Zoological Society of London, “Do elephants make movement choices depending on the geology of an area”

Rachel Beattie, Careaux “Create and change the world with combinatorics”

Dr Rebecca Dewey (@rebecca_penguin), University of Nottingham “Can we “see” our hearing?”

Jill Mueller, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London, & Bella Boulderstone (@BBoulderstone), University of Southampton What can supermassive black holes tell us about the universe?”