Soapbox Science 2017 Berlin

On Sunday 4th June 2017 between 2 and 5 pm, Berlin will host its very first soapbox science event in Tempelhofer feld. Female scientists will step on their soapboxes and tell you about the fascinating work they do, so come join us and add a little extra excitement to your Sunday stroll! Our local organisers in Berlin (pictured on the right) are a team of scientists from different nationalities living in Berlin, where they study a range of topics within the life sciences. They have decided to organise this event to fulfil the goal they share with the Soapbox Science initiative: make science available to people of all backgrounds and ages, and empower future female scientists. The event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2015 video


We couldn’t run this Berlin event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors.

Grün Berlin association is responsible for the management of various public spaces in Berlin, creating opportunities for the public to participate in several cultural and outdoor activities. In line with its purpose, Grün Berlin is contributing to our event by providing a fantastic location for this event to take place as well as helping with advertising it.

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries (IGB) has been a tremendous supporter of Soapbox Science Berlin since the beginning. IGB is a research institute with a highly interdisciplinary profile, researching  questions of high scientific and/or societal relevance, such as those related to fish behaviour, freshwater quality and the effects of climate change on both. By providing substantial logistical and financial support, the IGB will contribute to the success of this initiative.

EventAssec has helped Soapbox Science Berlin with its insurance. Lutz Pawlitzki, together with his colleagues from the CompactTeam in Berlin, helped us find an appropriate insurance and covered all the costs. Since 1990 the trademark EventAssec provides the right insurance for individual purposes and supports the planning and organisation of events.

Thanks to the creativity and professionalism of the Hellweg team, Soapbox Science Berlin has four beautifully made and very robust soapboxes. Hellweg provided all the materials and constructed the soapboxes targeting our very unique needs. Our speakers will definitely present their work with a lot of style! Soapboxes were built in such a fantastic way that we can easily store them and keep on using them for many years to come.

It would not have been possible to organize our 2017 Berlin event without the financial support of the NeuroCure and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin. We want to thank these institutions, as their considerable support helped us not only with the venue, but also with the organisation of a networking dinner post event.

We would finally like to thank the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) for providing T-shirts for our event. The IZW has knowledgeable staff working with public relations, who are always ready to help events like ours.

Details of the location and timing of the event

:  Sunday 4th June 2017

Address: Tempelhofer feld, Tempelhofer Damm, 12101 Berlin, Germany

Time: 2pm – 5pm


Selected from a competitive pool of researchers from Berlin and around, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering. The winners and their discussion topics included:

Dr Maud Bernard-Verdier (@mbernardverdier), Freie Universität Berlin “Aliens in the urban jungle: who are the plants we live with in Berlin and where do they come from?” 

Dr Lysanne Snijders (@LysanneSnijders) , IGB-Berlin/Wageningen University & Research “Do animals have social lives, and does it matter?”

Ms Constance Holman, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin “Our mental map: How we use the brain to navigate” 

Ms Mariana Cerdeira (@mari_cerdeira), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin “Treating brain diseases from the inside out”

Dr Kate Laskowski (@KateLaskowski), Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries “Animal personalities: to boldly go where no fish has gone before”

Dr Tanja Gabriele Baudson (@TGBaudson), TU Dortmund University “What do you think you know about the gifted?”

Dr Maria Piquer-Rodriguez (@BiogeoBerlin), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin “Deforestation in South America: Choice for dinner?”

Ms Clara Romero, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries “Urban waters matter” 

Ms Alicia Correa (@alycorreab585), Justus Liebig University “Water in mountain streams, where does it come from?” 

Dr Wing Ying Chow (@wingyingchow), Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology “Collagen holds your cells together — but what else does it do?”

Ms Sophie Dithmer, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology “The brain: also a brave warrior needs a helping hand”

Dr Lysann Zander, Freie Universität Berlin “Extend Yourself: The Power of Social Networks in School and University Settings”