Soapbox Science 2018 Edinburgh

Soapbox Science will be returning to The Mound for a third year running.  Researchers from across Scotland will take to their soapboxes to share their passion for a huge range of research.

Come along to listen, challenge the scientists and learn something new!

If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a peak at the Soapbox Science 2015 video

Details of the location and timing of the event

: Saturday 2nd June, 2018

Address: The Mound Precinct, next to the National Gallery of Scotland

Time: 12pm – 3pm


We are grateful to our sponsors who provide valuable resource to make Soapbox Science possible in Edinburgh.  The Edinburgh event is sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University.

Volunteer with Soapbox Science Edinburgh

Are you passionate about science and love talking to people about it? Do you want to help raise awareness about gender equality in science careers? Soapbox Science Edinburgh is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 2 June 2018!

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them informally about science, supporting the speakers by managing props and helping to calm any pre-box nerves, as well as handing out Soapbox goodies to lucky audience members! But perhaps the most important role of the volunteers is gathering data so we can effectively monitor the success of the event: volunteers carry out the bulk of our streamlined evaluation process, through interviews, observations and counting footfall.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, informal and inspiring science and help challenge ideas about who can be a scientist!

To register your interest, please email:


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 Jana Katharina Schniete (@janitensen), University of Strathclyde “Hunting the secret treasures of microbes”

Helen Brown (@hb_872), MRC PPU, University of Dundee “How do stem cells stay stem cells?”

Winnie Courtene-Jones (@WinnieCJ), Scottish Association for Marine Science “Microplastic pollution from source to sink: let’s dive a little deeper”

Dr Mary Ellen Foster (@MaryEllenFoster), University of Glasgow “Talking to robots: Why don’t we have C-3PO yet — and what would it mean if we did?”

Lara Alshawawreh (@LaraAlshawawreh), Edinburgh Napier University “When a refugee shelter becomes home”

Professor Dr Annette Bussmann-Holder, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research “Why are superconductors super?”

Professor Jacqueline Matthews (@ProfJBMatthews), Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh “Dealing With the Worms that Turned”

Stephanie Louise Cumberworth (@S_Cumberworth), MRC University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research “Zika virus and the brain in a dish”

Mome Mukherjee (@MomeEdi), Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh “Milk or molecule: Are allergic children in Scotland prescribed appropriate milk formula?” 

Dr Amanda Pitkethly (@AmandaPitkethly), Edinburgh Napier University “Exercise is Medicine’” 

Najwa Sidqi, Helia Photonics / Heriot-Watt University “Light shapes and colours”

Dr Angela Kydd (@angelabkydd), Edinburgh Napier University “The ‘young old’ are ageist against the ‘old old’: The fear of very old age is profound”