Soapbox Science 2017 Brighton

This summer Soapbox Science comes to Brighton for the first time! 12 STEMM women will be sharing their passion with both locals and tourists as we bring science to the seaside for an afternoon of discussions, debates and demonstrations. Hosting experts of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, the event will demonstrate the breadth of research taking place in and around the region by female researchers, all while you tuck into an ice cream…just watch out for those seagulls! The event is free.

If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looked like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science Brighton 2017 video.

You can read the blog by Soapbox Science Brighton Co-organiser Dr Katy Petherick here


Our thanks go to the University of Sussex as the host institution for Soapbox Science Brighton, providing volunteers, logistical and financial support. We are grateful to our sponsors, without which this event could not bring these fantastic researchers to the public.

Core funding has been received from: The British Ecological Society, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex Doctoral School, Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, South-East Physics Network, New England Biolabs, Genome Damage and Stability Centre, Promega.

Additional speaker funding has come from: University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Centre, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 29th July 2017

Address: The Deck, Brighton Seafront, BN1 2FN (just east of the i360)

Time: 1pm – 4pm


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

Ms Pollie Barden (@polliepi), University of Sussex “Firefly – A game of dark intentions”

Professor Claudia Eberlein (@ClaudiaPhysics), University of Sussex “The Quantum Vacuum – Something from Nothing?”

Dr Samantha Furfari (@SamFurfari), University of Sussex “Coordination Chemistry: What is it and what can it be used for?”

Dr Orode Aniejurengho (@orodeUVA), Tissue Click Ltd. “Using helpful viruses as medicine to fight bacterial infections” 

Ms Madeleine Conaghan (@maddyconaghan), University of Brighton “Invent, Design and Create products that solve problems” 

Dr Charlotte Clarke (@astronomnomy), Brighton and Sussex Medical School “Why astrophysics and neuroscience look the same to a rubber duck” 

Miss Millie Watts (@GeoMillie), University of Southampton Will climate change cause more tsunamis in the UK?” 

Professor Louise Serpell (@serpelllab), University of Sussex Changing the shape of proteins: from spiders to Alzheimer’s disease”

Dr Ruth Murrell-Lagnado (@RuthMurL), University of Sussex “Excitable cells and Drugs” 

Dr Dawn Scott, University of Brighton City nights with the wild furry urbanites: do you know what happens in your garden after dark?”

Miss Taniya Parikh (@taniyaaaaaaa), University of Portsmouth A galactic tale: from a cloud of gas and dust to billions of stars”

Ms Sonali Mohapatra (@Sonali_Mohapatr), University of Sussex “Gravity and Blackholes: Linking Fantasy and Reality”