Soapbox Science 2019 Exeter

This year Exeter’s Soapbox Science event will take place on the 29th of June 2019 in Princesshay Square, Central Exeter. For the fifth year in a row we are looking forward to welcoming the public to an afternoon of talks from our incredible speaker line-up – with talks on topics as varied as detecting cancer using nanoparticles and understanding how clever squirrels are! This event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, you can have a look at our Soapbox Science 2016 video and 2017 video. All welcome!


Details of the location and timing of the event


Date:  Saturday 29th June 2019

Address: Princesshay Square, Exeter City Centre

Time: 1pm-4pm



We couldn’t run the Soapbox Science Exeter event without the kind contributions of the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, College of Medicine and Health, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity unit, all of whom have sponsored this year’s event. We are also grateful to ASAB, The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, for supporting this event.



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

Dr. Ola Zawalna-Geer (@v_olka_no), University of Exeter “How predictable can volcanoes be?”

Miss Cristina Alexandru (@cristinaalina29), University of Exeter “Wireless charging for our electronic devices”

Mrs Priscila Alves (@priscilabarross), University of Exeter “Can we reduce flooding with community help?”

Dr Priyanka Dey (@PriyankaaDey), University of Exeter “Disease detection with intelligent nanoparticles”

Miss Catherine Talbot (@CatherineTalb), University of Exeter “Dementia, Identity, and the Role of Twitter”

Miss Samantha Treagus (@SamanthaTreagus), CEFAS and the University of Exeter “The Life Cycle of an Enteric Virus”

Prof Joanne Smith (@jorosmith), University of Exeter “With friends like these: How groups influence our behaviour for better…or for worse”.

Dr Kirsten J Lees (@K_J_Lees), University of Exeter “Over the Moorlands – protecting our peat using satellites”

Miss Judith Piegsa (@JudithPiegsa), University of Exeter “A peephole into the brain: Leaky blood vessels and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr Lisa Leaver (@laleaver1), University of Exeter “Brainy squirrels: how can we tell and why does it matter?”

Miss Sarah Holmes (@sarahseasthings), University of Exeter “Clams and Climate Change”

Miss Maria Garcia Garrido (@mariagrga), University of Exeter “How do we navigate through our environment?”


Discover our 2019 speakers:

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