Soapbox Science 2020 Brussels

For the first time in Belgium, we will organise a Soapbox Science event. This will occur in Brussels. Researchers from across Belgium will gather in the capital of Europe, in front of the Bourse / Beurs, to share their work and their passion with the public. From astronomy to biology, passing by health science and chemistry, those women researchers will bring science to the streets!


We couldn’t run this event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors.

Details of the location and timing of the event

:  TBC

Location: La Bourse / De Beurs, Boulevard Anspach / Anspachlaan, 1000 Brussels

Time: 1pm – 4pm

The talks will be in French, Dutch and English (mother tongue of the individual speakers).


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:

Dr Mariaceleste Aragona (@AraMariaceleste), Laboratory of stem cells and cancer, Université libre de Bruxelles, “I’ve got you under my skin    ”

Tessy Boedt (@TessyBoedt), Nutrition & Obesity Research Group, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “Can a healthy lifestyle improve our fertility?”

Dr Ing Luiza Bonin (@bonin_luiza), Ghent University, “Renewable energy is not enough!”

Dr Emilie Lacroix, Université catholique de Louvain, “Show me how you move … and I will tell you how you perceive the world”

Marie-Julie Péters (@mariejuP), Royal Observatory of Belgium and Université catholique de Louvain, “Mars, tell me how you turn, I’ll tell you who you are!”

Charlotte Segers, Belgian nuclear research center SCK CEN & the University of Antwerp, “The green gut rescuers in a world of magical microbes”

Giorgia Stasi (@Geo_Giorgia), Geological Survey of Belgium, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, “Deep Under the Earth’s surface: how Geology impacts everyday life”

Nele Steenackers (@NeleSteenackers), Nutrition & Obesity Research Group, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “How effective are dietary supplements and medicines after a stomach reduction?”

Dr Marie Van de Sande (@marievdsande), Institute of Astronomy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “Recycling a star”

Dr Ann Van der Jeugd (@avdjeugd), Laboratory for Biological Psychology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, “Senses and Sciences – Girls Leading in Science”

Dr Petra Vanlommel, Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, “What do airplanes, satellites and the Sun have in common: weather in space!”

Dr Isabel Vogel, Institut de biologie et de médecine moléculaires (IBMM), Laboratoire Immunobiologie, Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus Gosselies, “T cells: the special forces of our immune system”

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