Soapbox Science 2018 Canterbury

On the Saturday afternoon of 23 June 2018 (13:00-16:00), Canterbury’s Westgate Gardens will host its FIRST Soapbox Science event!  This event brings together the general public and great women scientists from around Kent. Hear twelve women speak about their scientific research on a broad range of topics, including plant biology, planetary science, conservation biology, sport science, psychology and biological anthropology. Come join us and learn about chimpanzees and parrots, your brain and your teeth, and many other interesting topics amongst the beautiful Westgate Garden flowers! The event is free and open to all.

Photo: The Soapbox Science Canterbury organising team consists of (clockwise from top left): Ameline Bardo, Gail Austen, Tracy Kivell and Zoe Davies

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 23 June 2018

Address: Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

Time: 1pm – 4pm


We are grateful to the University of Kent’s Public Engagement with Research for financial support and to the School of Anthropology and Conservation for hosting this event. This is a University of Kent Athena SWAN initiative.


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 Heather Ferguson (@hethstar81), University of Kent “Me, myself and I: your social brain in old age”

Adriana Lowe (@adriana_lowe), University of Kent “Life and death in the forest: studying the behaviour of wild chimpanzees”

Emma Cascant-Lopez (@EmCascant), NIAB-EMR “The circadian clock: How pathogens know when is the best time for infection”

Dr Mona Le Luyer, University of Kent “What teeth tell us about ourselves and our ancestors?”

Dr Kathryn Harriss (@KentImpactGroup), University of Kent “Planetary Science with a Big Gun!​”

Dr Michelle Hulin (@michhulin), NIAB EMR “Hop, skip, jump: How bacteria evolve to infect new plant species”

Dr Smita Salunke, University College London “Children are (NOT) miniature adults and so are not their medicines!!!”

Erin McCloskey (@ER_IN_RESEARCH), Canterbury Christ Church University “Being an expert in not being an expert: How peer support programs help mend broken hearts”

Claire Stewart (@clairecology), University of Kent “Deciding what species to save”

Kyra De Coninck (@KyraDeConinck), University of Kent “Getting under your skin: the secret life of fascia”

Carol Smyth , University of Kent and Smartlife Inc “Wearable technology for smarter breathing”

Jess Fisher (@jessjessfisher), University of Kent “Happiness hotspots: why we need nature in the city”