Soapbox Science 2015 Bristol

On June 7th, 2-5pm, Bristol’s Millennium Square will be transformed into a hub of scientific debate as some of the UK’s leading female speakers take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the people of Bristol and surrounds.

The event’s mission remains the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2012 video

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Sunday 7th June, 2015

AddressMillennium Square, Bristol

Time: 2-5pm


The Natural Environment Research Council is sponsoring Dr Carina Fearnley & Prof Jane Memmott. The Natural Environment Research Council is the UK’s largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres. Formed by Royal Charter in 1965, the Natural Environment Research Council marks its 50th anniversary in 2015. Throughout NERC’s Summer of Science, NERC researchers (such as Jane and Carina) will be taking their work and enthusiasm out to the public, branching out from the usual science festival venues into shopping centres, music festivals, pubs and even beaches.


2015 saw strong competition to appear at the event. The winners and their discussion topics included:

Dr Jo Barnes (@aqmrc_uwe), University of West England (UWE) “How are our transport choices affecting our health?”

Dr Lynne Thomas (@lynnehthomas), University of Bath “Why does Chocolate go off? Adventures with crystals”

Dr Charlotte Pascoe (_@CharlottePascoe), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) “The insides of a climate model and how we use them to ask questions about the future”

Dr Annika Lohstroh,  University of Surrey “Overcoming challenges in radiation detection in Medicine, Industry and Security”

Dr Carina Fearnley (@CarinaFearnley), Aberystwyth University “What natural disasters will we face in the future? Learning from dinosaurs, ancient civilisations, and rocks!”

Prof Jane Memmott, University of Bristol “The Birds and the Bees”

Ms Becky Smethurst (@becky1505), University of Oxford “Anyone for a holiday to Andromeda?”

Dr Susanne Quadflieg, University of Bristol “Not handsome enough to tempt you? The brain science of snap judging conspecifics”

Miss Anna Tiley (@tileyanna), University of Bristol “Investigating a Cereal Killer”

Miss Emily Bell (@EmilyfBell), University of Bristol “How to have a social life – lessons from the wasps”

Dr Maaike de Jong, University of Bristol “Butterflies and global change: can evolution come to the rescue?” 

Dr Natasha Stephen (@NatStephen), Plymouth University Why are we studying Mars and would you want to go?!’