Soapbox Science 2018 York

For the first time we are holding Soapbox Science in York. Come along and learn something new as our speakers take to their soapboxes to tell you about their exciting research.

Find out about friendly guts, ancient bones and how plants tell the time – and why scientists are chasing butterflies. And much much more!

Come along and be amazed!

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

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  9th June 2018

Address: King’s Square

Time: 12pm – 3pm


Many thanks to the University of York and York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) for supporting the event.

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Volunteers Wanted! Can you help out with our Soapbox Science event on the day? Click here to register interest or email for more information about volunteering. Applications to volunteer are open until 29th May.


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:

Alice Ughi (@AliceUghi), University of York / BioArch “Diet in Transition”

Dr Andrea L. Harper (@Andrea_L_Harper), University of YorkAsh dieback disease: Is there hope for our ash trees?”

Dr Caragh Whitehead (@LabRat_C), University of York “Money from waste, producing valuable products from straw”

Eleanor Joan Green, University of York / BioArch “Sticks, not stones, but ancient bones: Learning about the past by extracting DNA from archaeological remains”

Dr Esther O. Makinde (@EstherMakinde1), University of York / University of Lagos, Akoka Land Productivity in West Africa: A Case Study of Nigeria”

Dr Farah Shahi (@dresmerelda), NIHR ACFFriends on the inside- the gut microbiome in health and disease”

Josie Monaghan (@josie_monaghan), University of York “Small but mighty: why wood ants are so important and what their genetics could help our forests”

Katie Threadgill (@katiethreadgill), University of YorkHow to chase a butterfly and why it matters”

Kayla Justine McCarthy, University of York “Why plants tell the time and why we need to know about it”

Lucy Ryan (@lucyjayneryan), University of YorkGoatsuckers – the birds of the bog! Understanding the ecology of the European nightjar”

Prof Sue Hartley (@profSueHartley ), University of York “Can sand save our food supplies? The role of silica in protecting our crops against pests and climate change”