Soapbox Science 2017 Newcastle

Newcastle University is excited to be hosting Soapbox Science for a third year! Inspirational female Scientists from Newcastle will be taking to their soapboxes and wowing the local community with their cutting edge science! We will be commandeering Grey’s monument  in the City Centre on Saturday 17th June 2017 from 12pm- 3pm. The event is free and a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with local Scientists!

If you would like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at our short films from 2015 and 2016 . We hope to see you there!

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Saturday 17th June, 2017

Address: Grey’s Monument,

26 Grey Street

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AE

Time: 12pm – 3pm


Soapbox Science is being coordinated by the Faculty of Medical Sciences Public Engagement team and a team from the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University.

Why I wanted to be a Soapbox Science volunteer – Dr Colette J Whitfield, Newcastle University

Science has always been a big passion of mine, coming from a family of engineers. I find myself thinking about all aspects of science in everyday life, from space to microbes and I often find many non-scientists are similar too. That is why I wanted to take part, to be part of something that enables non-scientists to enjoy and be inspired by what we research every day. I especially enjoy engaging with young people who are still learning and developing their knowledge. By taking part in soap box science, I hope to engage with young people and inspire them to have an interest in science and to enjoy and be excited about the rapidly developing science knowledge in research. I hope we are also able to engage with adults and to remind them of how interesting and versatile the science world is.


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

Dr Eimer Tuite, Newcastle University “DIY DNA” 

Ms Felicity Easton (@felicityeaston), University of Leicester “How our muscles move – investigating contraction and reaction!”

Miss Ellen Dorothea Moss (@EllenDMoss), Newcastle University “Wild pollinators: the bee’s knees and the gnat’s pyjamas”

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa (@Muzz_Haniffa), Newcastle UniversityWhat can we learn about the immune system from fruit salad?

 Professor Jan Quinn (@EngageFMS), Newcastle University “Killer Fungus” 

Dr Hannah Hayhurst, Newcastle University / Newcastle upon Tyne NHS foundation trust Batteries required: exploring mitochondrial dysfunction in human disease”

Dr Luiza Lessa Andrade (@andradellessa), Newcastle University “Microbes: why we should love them” 

Mrs Clare Willis (@Clare_CRW), Centre for Cell Biology “Spores: the ultimate survivors”.  

Miss Pragya Chaube, University of Sheffield “Evolution at a snail’s pace”

Ms Rashmi Bhardwaj-Gosling, Newcastle University  “Bringing urinary catheter research from hospitals to the UK’s most beautiful street”

Ms Victoria Stafford (@ToriaStafford), University of Manchester “Dig that Uranium Glow – Using Luminescence Spectroscopy to Study Uranium” 

Dr Marloes Peeters  (@peeters_marloes), Manchester Metropolitan University “Human vs superbugs: screening for bacteria with thermometers”