Soapbox Science 2018 Halifax

Halifax is excited to welcome Soapbox Science to Canada’s Ocean Playground for the very first time. The event will take place in Summer 2018 on the historic Halifax waterfront at the new Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Our twelve scientists will engage with the public on a variety of subjects related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By staging this event in close proximity to the Discovery Centre – Nova Scotia’s Hands-On Science Centre, we hope that the public will take advantage of opportunities to learn about careers in STEM, and how STEM impacts their everyday lives.

The Organizing Team for Halifax’s event includes:
Emma Finlayson-Trick, Masters Candidate, Dalhousie University
Dr. Craig McCormick, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University
Dr. Alison Thompson, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 16th June, 2018

Address: 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Time: 10am – 1pm


Soapbox Science Halifax is being sponsored by the NSERC Student Ambassador Program and Dalhousie University Office of the President.

Volunteer with Soapbox Science Halifax

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 Halifax is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 16th June 2018!

Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Each event relies on an animated team of up to 20 volunteers.

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

Find out more and sign up here by May 15th.


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 Maya Shmulevitz, University of Alberta “Refurbishing viruses to seek, reveal, and destroy cancer cells”

Dr Sarah M. Wells (@sarahwellsDal), Dalhousie University “Engineering replacements for the body”

Kar Yeen Chong, Dalhousie University “Rethinking Berry Leaves”

Dr Krysta Coyle (@microbialkrysta), Dalhousie University Stacking the Deck for Cancer Treatment”

Dr Mita Dasog  (@dasoglab), Dalhousie University “Chemistry in New Light: Converting Sunlight into Chemical Fuels”

Prof Joanna Elizabeth Mills Flemming, Dalhousie University “How can we count fish in the sea?”

Laura McMillan, Dalhousie UniversityWhen bugs get bugs: An insect’s guide to environment and immunity”

Dr Alyson A. Kelvin (@KelvinAly), IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University “Virus Hunter – Tracking the Origin of Disease”

Dr Paola A. Marignani (@pmarignani), Dalhousie University “Pipelines and Energy: how uncovering the mysteries of a single cell will improve human health”

Dr Alana Pindar (@AlanaPindar), University of Guelph “Food, forage and flowers- the quest to conserve bee biodiversity in Atlantic Canada”

Dr Shruti Tripathi (@ShrutiT02275648), Saint Mary’s University “Watching the Universe through different ‘eyes’”

Dr Christine Chambers (@DrCChambers), Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre “Making a difference for children in pain”