Soapbox Science 2016 Bristol

This year sees Soapbox Science returning to the streets of Bristol for the 3rd time and we are so excited. On the 16th of July the Podium in Bristol’s Shopping Quarter will become a central hub of scientific conversation and debate, as 12 phenomenal female researchers take to their soapboxes to share their knowledge with the local community.

If you would like to see what happened at our event last year in Bristol take a look at our 2015 video which was recently shortlisted for the Bristol Science Film Festival 2016 BBC Focus prize. So look out Bristol Soapbox Science is coming back!

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Saturday 16th July, 2016

Address: The Podium, Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol BS1 3DX

Time: 12pm – 3pm


We couldn’t run our events without the logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Since 2014, Soapbox Science Bristol is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the University of Bristol


For a third event in the region, 2016 saw strong competition to appear at the event with 24 applications received. The 12 winners and their discussion topics included:

Ms Samantha Ardin, University of Bristol “The Brilliance of Bees: They pollinate our food plants and are emblems of nature, but there is so much more to learn from these little critters!”

Dr Denize Atan, University of Bristol “An eye on the brain”

Ms Sarah Bennett (@SarahBPhD), University of the West of England  “If You’re Hypermobile and You Know it, Clap Your Feet! Understanding the Psychological Impact of Joint Hypermobility”

Dr Catherine Back (@DrCatherineBack), University of Bristol “Sticky bacteria: The science behind how bacteria attach to us and to each other, and why this is important in disease”

Dr Sarah Bailey (@DrSarahBailey), University of Bath “Is stress killing your brain cells?”

Ms Alice Banks (@alice_banks), University of Bristol “The Magic of Mushrooms: could mushrooms be the solution to antibiotic resistance? ”

Dr Sarah Hart, Keele University “Weighty matters: why weighing molecules is important”

Dr Susan Hooper, University of Bristol “Teeth for life? – Limit the acid!”

Dr Caroline Morris, University of Bristol “Designing vaccine delivery systems using synthetic biology”

Dr Rachel Moseley, Bournemouth University “Amazing brains and the autism spectrum”

Ms Maddy Nichols (@madssnichols), University of Bristol “The small scale”          

Ms Emma Sackville (@Emma_Sackville), University of Bath “From Water to Wind Turbines:  A look at how Chemistry can help with the challenges of sustainability”