Soapbox Science 2018 Swansea

Swansea is celebrating its first lustrum of Soapbox Science events! We will be hosting our fifth Soapbox Science event on Saturday 23rd of June 2018. Our soapboxes will once again be in the Swansea’s shopping area in the city centre. The city will be buzzing with shoppers, families, tourists and other city dwellers – we aim to stop them in their tracks with women at the forefront of science and technology from all over Wales and beyond talking about their research! The event’s mission is to raise the profile, and challenge the public’s view, of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action in Swansea, have a look at our Soapbox Science Swansea 2017 video.


Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 23rd June 2018

Address: City Centre, Oxford Street, SA1 3AE

Time: 12pm – 3pm





We could not run this Swansea event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors.


Our Swansea events have been supported generously from the start by Swansea University and its STEMM colleges: College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Human and Health Sciences, and the Swansea University Medical School, especially the Athena Swan teams.




The Royal Society of Chemistry has pledged sponsor support for the event and five of the speakers of Soapbox Science Swansea 2018. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. We are the largest non-government supporter of chemistry education in the UK and our activities encompass lifelong learning, including both formal and informal education. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.



Selected from a competitive pool of researchers at Welsh HEIs, our speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering. The speakers and their discussion topics include:

Ms Carmen Sanchez-Garcia (@CSGsoil), Swansea University “Things are heating up! Is the answer to climate change right beneath our feet?”

Dr Denny Vitasari, Aberystwyth UniversityBubbles make the world go round”

Dr Emma Hayhurst, University of South Wales “Evil genius: how do we create (and kill) SuperBugs?”

Dr Jennifer Rudd (@jruddchemist), Swansea University “Converting carbon dioxide into the fuel of the future”

Ms Kate Davidson (@KateD_Ecol), Swansea UniversitySuper salt marshes: working with nature to protect our coasts”

Dr Kirsty Meldrum (@krsty23), Swansea University “The importance of developing animal-free models to test the effects everyday nanoparticles have on the lungs” 

Miss Sara Hamis (@SaraHamis_Maths), Swansea University “A Mathematical Fortune Teller”

Miss Sara Lairah Mugabo, Swansea University “Rheology – Everything flows “

Dr Sara M. E. Rassner (@SaraRassner), Aberystwyth University “Bacteria living deep underground help us remove CO2 from the atmosphere’”

Dr Victoria Lovett (@VictoriaLovett), Swansea University “Video games and the brain”

Dr Zari Tehrani (@Tehranizari), Swansea University “Monitoring Diseases by Printed Sensors”

Ms Mihaela Barbu (@midmb), Swansea University “The use of computers in randomized clinical trials”


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