Soapbox Science 2019 Gold Coast

On August 17th 1-4pm, the first Soapbox Science Gold Coast event will be happening. 12 women who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine are bravely stepping out of their comfort zone and onto soapboxes for an entertaining afternoon of scientific debate and discussion. Our aim remains to inspire new generations of women scientists, challenge perception of what a scientist does and looks like, and engage with the public and the wider community. 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

Meet the Soapbox Science Queensland organising team

Details of the location and timing of the event

: Saturday 17th August

Time: 12pm-3pm

Location: Under the Surfers Paradise sign, at the end of Cavill avenue, Surfers Paradise.


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

Dr Kavita Bischt (@DrKBisht), Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland “How does infection cause anemia?”

Mrs Navpreet Kaur Walia (@Kaur_Nav16), University of Technology, SydneyAlgae: from being pond scums to making medicines”

Ms Oyuka Byambasuren (@cometeclipse), Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond university “Can an “app” a day, keep the doctor at bay?”

Dr Megan Saunders, CSIRO “What is blue gardening?”

Dr Kaylene Butler (@kayleontologist), Wonder of Science, The University of Queensland “Fangaroos versus Kangaroos: What happened to Australia’s fanged kangaroos?”

Ms Nikki Findlay (@_mynameisnikki_), Cities Research Institute, Griffith University “FLOAT: Designing water cities”

Dr Elisa Bayraktarov (@ElisaBayra), Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland “Australia’s new Threatened Species Index”

Dr Carissa Klein (@CarissaJoyKlein), Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, The University of Queensland “Saving our seas one bite at a time.”

Ms Asia Armstrong, Project Manta, The University of Queensland “The secret life of manta rays – uncovering the favourite hangouts of these large charismatic rays”

Sally Wasef (@sangoba), Ancient DNA Laboratory,  ARCHE, Griffith University “Old bones can talk: Why Ancient DNA Is a Topic for Research”

Prof. Tanya Smith (@DrTanyaMSmith), Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution & Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University “Ten Tales Teeth Tell”

Miss Vimbaishe Chibanga, Griffith University “We love sugar. Viruses do too!”

Discover our 2019 speakers:

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