Soapbox Science 2017 Exeter

On Saturday 24th of June 2017, Soapbox Science will again transform Exeter into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of Devon’s leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. The event’s mission is the same as the original London event: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science. This event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, you can have a look at our Soapbox Science 2016 video, and photos from our 2015 and 2016 events.

The call for volunteers for the 2017 Exeter Soapbox Science event is now open. You can sign up online here: , or find out more here

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 24th June 2017

Address: Bedford Square

Princesshay, Exeter City Centre

Time: 1pm – 4pm


We would like to thank The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) who have partnered with Soapbox Science to support speakers who will be talking about animal behaviour. The ASAB will be supporting Dr Cosima Porteus at the Exeter event.


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

Dr Maria Weber (@SolarisMaria), University of ExeterThe Solar-Stellar Connection: Applying Lessons Learned From the Sun to Study Other Stars with Habitable Worlds”

Ms Holly East (@HK_East), University of Exeter “Coral reef island building in the Maldives: a pile of poo?”

Dr Julia Baptista (@JuliaGenetics), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital / University of Exeter “Genomics medicine – it is all in your genes!”

Miss Lauren Barr (@lauren_emily_b), University of Exeter “Left or Right Handed? And Why Does It Matter?”

Dr Anna Baldycheva (@baldycheva), University of Exeter “Healthcare on the go: Medical Laboratory in Your Pocket”

Dr Emma Stevenson (@Em681Emma), University of ExeterDecisions, decisions decisions! How do some bacteria make up their minds when and how to infect you?” 

Dr Lisa Cross (Dr X) (@Lisa_DrX ), Cefas Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science “From Smallpox to Zika – Around the World in 30 plagues”

Miss Nicole Morrissey (@NAMorrissey), University of Exeter “Food for thought: What happens in our brains when we eat!”

Dr Cosima Porteus (@cosimaporteus), University of Exeter “Ocean acidification: Nemo’s new threat” 

Dr Sarah Boulton (@geologySarah), University of Plymouth “How does active faulting and tectonics shape the land?”

Dr Stefanie Broszeit (@stefbroszeit), Plymouth Marine Laboratory “Marine ecology and ecosystem services”

Dr Helen Fones (@quietscientist), University of Exeter “The fungal threats to food security”