Soapbox Science 2017 Bristol

This year sees Soapbox Science returning to the streets of Bristol for the 4th time and we couldn’t be more excited to bring even more science to the streets. Yet again 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 previous events in Bristol take a look at our 2015 video which was 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 15th July, 2017

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

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Volunteer with Soapbox Science Bristol

Are you passionate about science and love talking to people about it? Do you want to help raise awareness about gender equality in science careers? Soapbox Science Bristol is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 15th July 2017!

Please sign up here

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Each event relies on an animated team of up to 20 volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them informally about science, supporting the speakers by managing props and helping to calm any pre-box nerves, as well as handing out Soapbox goodies to lucky audience members! But perhaps the most important role of the volunteers is gathering data so we can effectively monitor the success of the event: volunteers carry out the bulk of our streamlined evaluation process, through interviews, observations and counting footfall.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, informal and inspiring science and help challenge ideas about who can be a scientist!


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


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

Ms Hélène Cecilia (@HelCecilia), French National Institute for Agricultural ResearchTurning biological events into equations and lines of code: the use of modeling in natural sciences”

Dr Sara Correia Carreira, University of Bristol “Now the drugs don’t work- what you can do to save humanity from superbugs” 

Dr Lynsey Gozna (@dranzog), University of Leicester / University of Nottingham “The fantasy and reality of revenge”

Dr Joanne L Godwin (@joannelgodwin), University of East Anglia “Sex-ual Selection in the City”

Ms Pamela Iskra Mejia-Estrada (@iskraunam), University of Bristol “Understanding the Earth System: Why is a 2ºC warming a little too much?”

Ms Catherine Atherton (@cat_atherton), Bangor University “Storing images in the Brain: How we remember faces, objects and brands differently” 

Dr Fiona Lithander, (@FionaLithander)  University of Bristol “Sickly sweet: sugar in what we eat”

Ms Parimala Shivaprasad, University of Bath The Miracle Fibre: A sheepish way of curing diseases” 

Dr Nicola Bailey, University of Bath “How do you get a robotic arm to have precise and predicable small-scale motion?”

Prof Wendy Gibson, University of Bristol “Parasites”

Miss Rebecca Pike, University of Bristol “Why copying Beyonce might be a bad idea: The effect copying role models has on our fertility”

Ms Andrea Strakova, (@AndreaStrakova) University of Cambridge “Crazy canine cancer: A look at how thousands years old dog cancer travelled the world”