Soapbox Science 2018 Newcastle

Newcastle University is excited to be hosting Soapbox Science for a fourth year! Inspirational female Scientists from Newcastle will be taking to their soapboxes and wowing the local community with their cutting edge science! We will be commandeering Grey’s monument in the City Centre on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 12pm- 3pm. The event is free and a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with local Scientists!

If you would like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at our short films from 2017 here & here

We hope to see you there!

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date: Saturday 16th June, 2018

Address: Grey’s Monument, 26 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AE

Time: 12pm – 3pm


We couldn’t run this event without the generous support of our sponsors, Newcastle University.


Selected from a competitive pool of researchers based in and around Newcastle, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering. The speakers and their discussion topics are:

Dr Colette Whitfield (@CWhitfield90), Newcastle University “Flubber, the “living” slime”

Dr Kadambari Lokesh (@pettaponnu), Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York “Product choices – The science behind material ‘karma'”

Ms Beth Barnes, Newcastle University “Are we all just sheep? Using animal behaviour to predict human behaviours and more accurately model our responses to natural disasters”

Dr Zanna Clay (@zannaclay), Department of Pyschology, Durham University “What can our great ape relatives tell us about the evolution of language and empathy?”

Dr Dorota Badowska (@ConnectRD), The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, Newcastle University “Rare Diseases – a global challenge”

Dr Diana Umeton (@DianaUmeton ), Newcastle University “How animals see the world”

Miss Francesca Carr (@francesca_carr), Newcastle University “Into the Abyss (and beyond…): Myths and monsters of the world’s most extreme environment”

Miss Behnaz Akbari, Newcastle University “How our body is oxidized? Why we are missing our beautifulness? What we can do to control over the oxidative damage of our Body?”

Dr Vinciane Saint-Criq (@vsaintcriq), Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University “Acid in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung: looking for a pretty basic environment”

Dr Joy Allen, Newcastle University “Do better diagnostics lead to better care?”