Soapbox Science 2018 London

On the 26th of May 2018, 2-5pm, London’s Southbank will transform again into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of London’s leading scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the general public. The event’s mission remains the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and non-binary people in science. The event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2015 video


We couldn’t run this London event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Our London events have been supported from the start by the L’Oreal UNESCO For Women In Science Scheme and the Zoological Society of London. Since 2014, our overall whole initiative is moreover supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Details of the location and timing of the event

:  Saturday 26th May 2018

Address: Queen’s Stone, Riverside walkway (by Gabriel’s Wharf)

South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Volunteer with Soapbox Science London

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 London is looking for volunteers to help out at their event on 26th May 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 an afternoon of fun, informal and inspiring science and help challenge ideas about who can be a scientist!

Find out more and sign up here


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:

Chioma Vivian Ngonadi (@UCamArchaeology ), Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge “A Human Fingerprint on an Ironworking Landscape: Lejja Southeastern, Nigeria c.a.3,000 B.P”

Dr Katharina Seilern-Moy (@wildlife_health), Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London “How you can help wildlife vets protect our garden friends by becoming a Citizen Scientist”

Dr Alexa Varah (@alexa_varah), Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London “Can we feed everyone without ruining the environment?”

Anastasia Aliferi (@anastasialiferi), King’s Forensics, King’s College London “Miss Scarlett, Mrs Peacock or Mrs White? Can DNA give us the answer without visiting all the rooms?”

Danbee Kim (@taunbot), Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University College London “How to dance like a cuttlefish! =^.^=”

Merry Crowson (@merrycrows), Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London “Satellites and algorithms: the key to monitoring forest loss from space”

Dr Tara Mastracci (@aorticsurgeon), Royal Free London “Using technology to make surgery safer”

Chanuki Seresinhe (@thoughtsymmetry), Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School / The Alan Turing Institute “Beauty isn’t only in the eye of the beholder – computers can decode beauty too!”

Iulia Darolti (@IDarolti), University College London “The genetics of the sexes: How males and females evolve to be different”

Professor Joyce Harper (@ProfJoyceHarper), Institute for Women’s Health, University College London Tick–tock of the biological clock – is egg freezing the answer?”

Alfiah Rizky Diana Putri (@alfiahrizkydp), Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London “Looking for changes on Martian poles with the aid of 3D terrain model”

Dr Jess Wade (@jesswade), Imperial College London “Technology inspired by nature”