Soapbox Science 2018 Exeter

This year Exeter’s Soapbox Science event will take place on the 29th of September 2018 in Princesshay Square, Central Exeter. We are looking forward to welcoming the public to an afternoon of talks from our incredible speaker line-up – representing fields as varied as electronic engineering and medical microbiology! This event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, you can have a look at our Soapbox Science 2016 video, 2017 video and photos from our 2015 and 2016 events.

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday the 29th of September 2018

Address: Princesshay Square, Exeter City Centre

Time: 1pm – 4pm


We couldn’t run the Soapbox Science Exeter event without the kind contribution of The University of Exeter, who have sponsored this event.


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

Dr Kirsten Thompson (@seaspray500), University of Exeter “Secrets of the Deep: Studying beaked whales using DNA”

Miss Soraya Meftah (@s_meffy), University of Exeter “How the brain changes in Alzheimer’s Disease: Let’s get electrophysical!”

Dr Rachel van Heugten (@rachel_weta), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital“Sleeping with the enemy: Using DNA to investigate the love life of a giant endangered insect”

Dr Sariqa Wagley, University of Exeter “Sleeper cells: Bacteria that like to play dead” 

Dr Monika Bokori-Brown (@BokoriMonika), University of Exeter “Biological nanopores: the ‘hole’ story of bacterial infections”

Ms Emily Wood (@wood_emily7), University of Exeter “How antibiotics can help hungry bacteria”

Dr Bryony Williams (@BryonyWilliams18), University of Exeter “Microsporidia: How to be an extreme parasite” 

Dr Yolanda Hill (@YolandaHill), University of Exeter “Cardiac ‘SatNav’. Destination: heart attack damage”

Miss Jessica Brown (@Choc_Brownie_93), University of Exeter “Controlling Cells with Sound ”

Ms Molly Carlyle (@MollyCarlyle_), University of Exeter “Opioids, brains and behaviour: How some drugs affect you”

Ms Gopika Rajan (@GopikaRajan2) “Graphene and the future of electronic textiles”