Soapbox Science 2016 Oxford

Soapbox Science is coming to Oxford for the first time on June 18th 2016! If you’re interested in anything from nuclear fuel to brushing your teeth, or finding out what a teabag can tell you about soil, then Oxford’s Soapbox Science is the event for you!

We’ll be putting on a relaxed, informative and fun event which will bring cutting-edge science to Oxford town centre. We’ll be promoting some incredible female scientists and the work they do, and hopefully inspiring the next generation of female scientists. Our event will transform Cornmarket Street into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; hear our scientists talk about what fascinates them, and why they think they have the most fantastic job in the world!

We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no lectures, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women in science who will amaze you with their latest discoveries, and answer the science questions you have been burning to ask. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2015 video

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Saturday 18th June, 2016

Address: Cornmarket Street, Oxford

Time: 2pm – 5pm


We are grateful to Oxford Brookes University and Oxford Sparks for their sponsorship.  Since 2014, Soapbox Science is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Mission Burrito, Oxford have kindly offered to keep our speakers and volunteers going throughout the day with generous food sponsorship


2016 is the first year that Soapbox Science will be coming to Oxford, and the speakers we’ve lined up are sure to make the event a success:

Ms Anna Bobak (@akbobak), Bournemouth University Face recognition-a very special super power”

Dr Susan Canney (@CanneySusan), University of Oxford How have Mali’s desert elephants survived and how long have they got?”

Dr Jessica Davies (@jldavies16), University of Oxford “From DNA to disease: how single letter changes in our genetic code can change our risk of disease”

Ms Sarah Duddigan (@SDuddigan), University of Reading “What can a tea bag tell you about soil?”

Ms Elise Facer-Childs (@FacerChilds), University of Birmingham “What makes you tick?  How your body clocks affect your sleep, your brain and your performance!”

Dr Goedele De Clerck (@DeClerckGoed), The University of Manchester “Deaf life stories: What they reveal about the potential within all of us”

Dr Caroline Hartley, University of Oxford “Infant pain: how can looking at brain activity help us to understand pain in babies?”

Dr Dong Liu, University of Oxford “Is Nuclear Energy Green? Is it safe?”

Dr Hao Ni (@Hello19860630), Oxford-Man Institute  “Data Science – Demystified!”                     

Miss Minh Tran, University of Oxford “The quest to surpass Nature- what does she know that chemists don’t?

Dr. Irina Velsko (@FzzyToothSweatr), University of Oxford “Brushing away the film – clearing confusion for cleaner mouths and healthier lives”

Dr Verena Kriechbaumer, Oxford Brookes University Using plants to detox methane in soil”