Soapbox Science 2015 Ireland

This year, Soapbox Science is coming to Northern Ireland thanks to Dr. Geetha Srinivasan! On 20th June 2015 eminent women scientists from UK and Ireland will be talking to the general public about their work and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Belfast streets. The event’s mission: 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 & Time: Saturday 20th June 2015, 2-5pm

Address: Ulster Museum (front entrance) and Botanic Gardens (in front of Kelvin Statue and Glass House), Belfast BT9 5AB


We couldn’t run this Belfast event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. We are grateful to STFC and The Queen’s University of Belfast for supporting our initiative in Northern Ireland.

Several of our speakers are then individually sponsored:

The Society of Biology is sponsoring Dr Diane Lees-Murdock. The Society is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy, advancing education and professional development, supporting our members and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

The Natural Environment Research Council is sponsoring Drs Evelyn Keaveney & Diane Lees-Murdock. 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.

EuroStemCell unites more than 90 European stem cell and regenerative medicine research labs in a coordinated effort to engage with the public about our science. Funded by the European Commission, they are a partnership of scientists, clinicians, ethicists, social scientists and science communicators. EuroStemCell is pleased to be supporting Dr Diane Lees-Murdock by providing a copy of their exciting stem cell game: ‘Start as a Stem Cell!’, just one of their toolkit resources that supports researchers in their outreach activities.

Cancer Research UK  is the leading charitable funder of cancer research in the world. The charity, which receives no government funding, supports the work of over 4000 scientists, doctors and nurses, all dedicated to beating cancer sooner. Cancer Research UK funds over £2million of research annually in Northern Ireland and is pleased to support Dr Kerry Hughes for Soapbox Science. Kerry is one of 250+ scientists working in the Cancer Research UK Belfast Centre, located at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is happy to sponsor Dr Kerry Hughes for Soapbox Science Belfast. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. We are the largest non-government supporter of chemistry education in the UK and our activities encompass lifelong learning, including both formal and informal education. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.


Ms Triona O’Connell (@triploidtree), Dublin City University “Sugar Coated Cells: Why do the patterns of sugars on the outside of cells change when they die, and why do we care?”

Dr Marie Migaud, Queen’s University Belfast “B-vitamins: Why what we eat matters”

Prof Tracy Robson, Queen’s University Belfast “Discovery of a new drug to target tumour blood vessels and drug resistant cancer stem cells”

Dr Lorna Dougan (@DouganGroup), University of Leeds “Using physics to explore biological molecules from extremophile organisms”

Dr Cristina Lagunas, Queen’s University Belfast “Glow-in-the-dark and colour-changing molecules: From entertainment and toys to forensic and medical research”

Dr Pamela Walsh, Queen’s University Belfast “Bone repair from algae: Unlocking the potential of marine algae in bone repair strategies”

Ms Anne Schmidt and Ms. Sesime Coffie, Queen’s University Belfast “Ionic liquids and its applications: Selective removal of metals”

Dr Evelyn Keaveney (@ceibheannaigh), Queen’s University Belfast “Radiocarbon: not just for dating!”

Mrs Karen Murphy, Queen’s University Belfast “Analytics on big data: How massive data is collected and analysed to help keep us informed”

Dr Solveig Felton (@Solveig_F), Queen’s University Belfast “Spin Ice: Magnetism and Frustration: Fascinating magnetic properties due to frustrated interactions”

Dr Kerry Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast “DNA damage, using chemistry to treat biochemistry”

Dr Diane Lees-Murdock(@StemCelPostgrad), Ulster University “What stem cell are you: Why is a stem cell a stem cell and why are they different from other cells in our bodies?”