Soapbox Science 2018 Aberdeen

On Saturday 26th May, researchers from across the North East of Scotland will take to their soapboxes as part of the University of Aberdeen’s May Festival at the King’s College campus. Speakers will cover a diverse range of topics – including Medical Sciences, Physiology, Neuroscience, Medical Mycology, Astrophysics and more, sharing the fantastic research that’s being conducted across the region.

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

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 26th May 2018

Address: King’s College lawn (University of Aberdeen’s Old Aberdeen campus)

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Volunteer with Soapbox Science Aberdeen

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers! Without a supportive team of committed and passionate people, a Soapbox Science event simply could not happen. Each event relies on the brilliance of a team of up to 20 volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them about science, and supporting the speakers (pre-box nerves are real!).
Our wonderful volunteers are also given the important task of gathering data from our audience so that we can evaluate the event.
If you’re interested in science and fancy joining our brilliant little team for an afternoon of laughs, (hopefully) sunshine, and lots of fun, please complete this short sign up form


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

Dr Donna MacCallum (@dmmaccallum), MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Aberdeen “Fungal Foes – find out more!” 

Beatriz Goulao (@beagoulao), Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen “The power of evidence: improving our healthcare with better research” 

Dr Delma Childers (@bella_delma), MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Aberdeen “The Science and Scientists Behind the Movies” 

Anna Cranston, University of Aberdeen “Alzheimer’s Disease – what really happens in the brain?” 

Dr Zoe McKellar (@palaeoseds), University of Aberdeen “Aberdeen: Hundreds of millions of years in the making” 

Dr Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee “Through the eyes of different telescopes: Searching for a “Rosetta Stone” to understand the formation of stars and planets.” 

Veronika Sabolová (@veronikasabolov), Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee “Deep layer of skin – is it useful for identification purposes?” 

Marietta Sayegh (@MariettaSayegh), Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen
 “The effect of vegetables on glucose response in women” 

Katie Gambier-Ross (@kgambierross), School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh “When people with dementia go missing” 

Dr Ann M Rajnicek, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen “Electrical healing: lessons from worms” 

Dr Fiona Clegg, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at University of Aberdeen and Department of Digestive Disorders at NHS Grampian “Understanding the role of cell pathways in human liver cirrhosis and liver cancer” 

Dr Celine Pourreyron, Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, University of Dundee “Cancer: tumour cells and supporting cast”