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




Thank you NSERC for supporting Soapbox Science Halifax through the Student Ambassador program.




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:

Prof Françoise Baylis (@FrancoiseBaylis), Dalhousie University “Genome editing for ‘Designer Babies’”

Dr Linda Campbell (@LM_Campbell), Saint Mary’s University “Our century-old legacy and what we can do about old toxic gold mines in Nova Scotia”

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 “Probing the compact lighthouses that shine in the X-rays”

Dr Christine Chambers (@DrCChambers), Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre “What we’re doing wrong when it comes to science communication”


Discover our 2018 speakers: