Soapbox Science 2019 Brighton

Twelve women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) will be bringing science to the seaside for discussions, debates and demonstrations. Highlighting the breadth of research taking place in and around the region by female researchers. Get involved in activities to explore the world and beyond; from the microscopic to the infinity of space. Informal discussions will take place across the three hours as we rotate speakers to bring you twelve stories of science and the women behind the discoveries that are changing our understanding of life as we know it today.

If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science Brighton 2018 video.

Meet the Soapbox Science Brighton 2019 local organising team.



Our thanks go to the University of Sussex as the host institution for Soapbox Science Brighton, providing volunteers, logistical and financial support. We are grateful to our sponsors, without which this event could not bring these fantastic researchers to the public.





Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 1st June 2019

Address: Brighton Seafront, just west of the i360

Time: 11am – 2pm




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

Fiona Scott (@fi0n0), Sussex Drug Discovery Centre, University of Sussex, “Medicinal Chemistry vs. BakeOff”

Dr Maggie Lieu (@space_mog), The European Space Agency,Why dark matter matters”

Dr Laura Evenstar, University of Brighton, “Why are the Andes SOOooooo crazily, mind boggling High?”

Sophie Bashforth (@sophiebash), Royal Holloway, University of London, “How particle accelerators can save your life!”

Dr Gillian Forrester (@Me__Human), Birbeck, University of London, “Your 500 Million Year Old Brain”

Dr Stella Manoli (@StellaManoli1), University of SouthamptonLight my way”

Dori Grijseels (@DoriekeMG), University of Sussex, “How your brain knows where you are?”

 Francesca Hearn-Yeates (@FrancescaHY), University of Sussex,Antibiotic Resistance in Gonorrhoea!”

Aline da Silva Cerqueira (@aline_marine), Institute of Zoology of the Zoological Society of London, King’s College London and the London NERC DTP, “The sounds seabirds make at sea and why we should listen to them”

Rosanna Barnard (@BarnardResearch), University of Sussex, “Networks: how mathematical graphs can protect us from epidemics”

Shobita Bhumbra (@qsd_sussex), University of Sussex, “Quantum Physics – The coolest thing in the universe (…as far as we know)”

Daniela Maria Köck, University of Sussex,Uncovering the dark parts of the universe”


Discover our 2019 speakers:

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