Soapbox Science 2017 Townsville

On August 12th 1-4pm, as part of National Science Week 2017, Townville’s Gregory Street Amphitheatre will welcome leading Queensland female scientists for the first Soapbox event in tropical North Queensland. 12 women who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine are bravely stepping out of their comfort zone and onto soapboxes for an entertaining afternoon of scientific debate and discussion. Our aim remains to inspire new generations of women scientists, challenge perception of what a scientist does and looks like, and engage with the public and the wider community. 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 could not organise this event without the contributions of our generous sponsors: the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions




Details of the location and timing of the event

:  Saturday 12th August 2017

Address: Gregory Street Amphitheatre on the strand,


Time: 1 – 4pm






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

Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar (@banhalmizakar), James Cook University  “Scrubbing the Earth clean one corporation at a time”

A/Prof Yin Ling, James Cook University “Why All-Ceramic Dental Crowns?”

Dr Astrid Vachette, James Cook University “Women leading Disaster Risk Management don’t Think it is Impossible, but I’m Possible”

 Dr Sara Brice (@SarBrice), James Cook University “Physics and sport: the science behind making athletes great”

A/Prof Helen Boon (@BoonHJ2016), James Cook University “ADHD, fact or fiction?”

Ms Giana Bastos Gomes (@GianaBGomes), James Cook University “Environmental DNA (eDNA): What’s creepy in the water?”

Dr Karen Joyce (@kejoyce2), James Cook University “A drone’s eye view of our world”

Ms Alyssa Budd, James Cook University “Sex changing fish: How DNA helps them do it”

Dr Sandra Abell (@SandraAbell3), James Cook University “Treasure hunting for cordyceps and truffle fungi in the tropics”

Dr Kathryn Hall (@ Kat4Sponges), ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program, Queensland museum “Be totally absorbed by sponges!”

Mrs Padmakana Malakar (@Padmakana), James Cook University “Photochemistry in flow for rapid production of anti-malarial agents”

Ms Stephanie Duce (@StephanieDuce),  James Cook UniversitySurf’s Up! How coral reefs survive big waves”  



Discover our 2017 speakers