Soapbox Science 2015 Manchester

On the 28th of July from 12-3pm Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens will be the setting for Soapbox Science’s first ever “Environmental Science Special” event. Scientists from an array of environmental disciplines will be travelling in from all over the UK to talk to the people of Manchester about some of the projects and ideas they have worked on to better understand and improve our Planet. Talks from the day will include: Volcanoes, Radioactive waste and even Poo! A truly special event and one not to be missed.

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Tuesday 28th July, 2015

Address: Queen Victoria Statue, Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens

Time: 12 – 3pm


This event is sponsored and co-organised by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), a charitable and membership organisation promoting and raising public awareness of environmental science. The IES exists to support professional scientists and academics working in the environmental sector and are  always looking for ways to promote equality amongst their members and this sector. The IES is proud to sponsor this Soapbox Science – Environmental Special.


The 12 speakers for this Soapbox Science – Environmental Special, and their discussion topics, include:

Dr. Carolyn Pearce, University of Manchester “Using mineral minions to contain our radioactive waste”

Dr Clare ThorpeUniversity of Manchester “How radioactive are you? Natural and man-made radioactivity in our daily lives”

Dr Joanna Bagniewska (@JMBagniewska), University of Reading “What do scientists see in poo?”

Hannah  Bloomfield, University of Reading “Future Climate Future Energy”

Heather Sanders, University of Nottingham “Contaminants in the Environment”

Charlie Knox, Paragon “Source-Pathway-Receptor: The Key Principle of Contaminated Land”

Dr Jessica Johnson (@volcano_jess), University of East Anglia “Using small earthquakes to forecast volcanic eruptions”

Prof Lian Lundy, Middlesex University London “Creating a splash: water management in the city of the future”

Rachael Maskill, Moors for the Future Partnership “Peak Condition – How environmental science is helping us monitor the health of Peak District moors”

Dr Jacqueline Hannam (@Dirt_Science), Cranfield University “What lies beneath: how soils change in space and time”

Dr Cath Waller, University of Hull “Life at the bottom of the world” 

Kathryn Brian, University of Nottingham “Biochar: Ancient agriculture feeding the world”