Soapbox Science 2018 Arusha

On August 8th, the very first Soapbox Science event on the African continent will be happening. It will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, in the frame of the NaneNane event. Twelve outstanding women working in STEM on various hot topics related to Tanzanian lifestyle, ecology, agriculture, engineering and health will be presenting their work. Our speakers are coming from across the country and are affiliated with the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Mweka Wildlife College, Sokoine University, University of Dar es Salaam, various NGOs and / or are free-lancers. You will be able to enjoy a day of science talk, hands-on demonstrations, discussions, and become amazed by how important the role of women in STEM has been and currently is. We hope that these women will act as a role model for other women to engage in research, outreach and other activities across various disciplines. Come and listen – it is free!

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  August 8th 2018

Address: NaneNane

Time: 10am- 1pm


Main funding comes from CREATES (Centre of Research, agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability) in Food and Nutrition Security, a centre established through the World Bank.

Additional resources will be provided by: Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)


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:

Miss Rebecca Ryakitimbo (@rryakitimbo1), TechChix-Tanzania / Digital Grassroots Fostering access and literacy to achieve SDG’s and Grow digital citizenship”

Mrs Cecilia Leweri, NM-AIST “Community conservation and climate change”

Mrs Emma Peter Njau, NM-AIST & Sokoine University of Agriculture “Enhancing women and community economy through pork industry”

Dr Pavithravani Venkataramana, NM-AISTPotential Stress Tolerant Crops”

Mrs Angelamercy Baltazary, Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority(TAWA) “How life style can have effect on climate change”

Mrs Anna Ecker,  Wood Technologist “New Materials – How to use agricultural waste and invasive plants to improve East Africas living standards”

Dr Sara Gabrielsson, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies & University of Dar Es SalaamBreaking the Silence about menstrual hygiene management in Tanzania”

Dr Teresa Sylvina (@bush2base), College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka “One Health: a strategy for integrating human, animal and environmental health”

Mrs Angela Mkindi, NM-AISTPlant species as prospects for the future sustainable pest control”

Dr Haika Martin, NM-AIST “We are what we eat”

Mrs Philipina Shayo, NM-AIST & Forestry Training Institute-Olmotonyi

Mrs Elizabeth Kimili, College of African Wildlife Management, MwekaLink between biodiversity and poverty alleaviation”