Soapbox Science 2018 Brighton

On the 2nd June 2018, 11am-2pm, Brighton seafront will host Soapbox Science for its second year. 12 women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) will be sharing their passion with both locals and tourists as we bring science to the seaside for an afternoon of discussions, debates and demonstrations. Hosting experts of science, technology, engineering and maths the event will demonstrate the breadth of research taking place in and around the region by female researchers, all while you tuck into an ice cream…just watch out for those seagulls! The event is free.

If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science Brighton 2017 video.

You can read the blog by Soapbox Science Brighton Co-organiser Dr Katy Petherick here


Our thanks go to the University of Sussex as the host institution for Soapbox Science Brighton, providing volunteers, logistical and financial support. We are grateful to our sponsors, without which this event could not bring these fantastic researchers to the public. This page will be updated as we receive sponsors. If you would like to support the event, please contact:

Core funding has been received from: The South-East Physics Network, New England Biolabs 




Details of the location and timing of the event


Date:  Saturday 2nd June 2018

Address: Brighton Seafront, just west of the i360

Time: 11am – 2pm




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

Ms Raysa Khan (@KhanRaysa), University of Sussex “Using Cutting-edge Drug Design to Beat Cancer and Treat Up to 100,000 Patients Per Year

Dr Tara Salter, University of Sussex “We are made of starstuff

Dr Charlotte Angus (@c_r_angus), University of Southampton “How many ways can you make a star explode?

Ms Helena Pikhartova (@ExcitedPositron), Royal Holloway, University of London “Discover the world of high energy particle accelerators – the massive, powerful and fascinating machines driving discoveries in many fields

Ms Alfiah Rizky Diana Putri (@alfiahrizkydp), Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London “Looking for changes on Martian poles with the aid of 3D terrain model

Dr Elizabeth Rendon-Morales (@erendonm), University of Sussex “Are robots the future for medicine and health care?

Miss Tochukwu Ozulumba (@Tochie_O), University of Brighton “How do nanomaterials remove contaminants?

Ms Gigi Hennessy (@LasiBee), University of Sussex “Gone with the wind. How bees respond to changes in wind speed

Miss Sophie Arthur (@sophtalkssci), University of Southampton “MARVEL-ing at stem cells: how to regenerate your body

Dr Manasi Nandi, King’s College London “Big data in sepsis detection

Dr Oyinkan Adesakin, University of Sussex “Learning about dementia using fruit flies, what’s all the buzz?

Dr Kristy Themelis (@KristyThemelis), Brighton and Sussex Medical School “Pain: What is it and why does it not go away?


Discover our 2018 speakers