Soapbox Science 2020 Milton Keynes

Centre:MK is a big and busy shopping centre, which attracts a broad cross section of people running errands, shopping and socialising.  We are thrilled to be bringing Soapbox Science back here for our fifth year! Hosting our event in Centre:MK provides the unique opportunity for both shoppers to learn about science straight from scientists, but also for 12 scientists to share their science with an incredibly diverse audience, including many who might not normally attend a science event.  This year we have twelve amazing presenters sharing their knowledge and passion about diverse science topics, from optics and engineering, to microbes and mycotoxins, urban trees, forensic science, crop disease and more. 


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 2020

Location: Centre:MK, Milton Keynes

Time: 12 – 3pm


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 Sevi Filippidou (@extremespores ), The Open University, “Our quest for life on other planets starts on Earth”

Lois Damptey (@o_aphua  , @afua.okyerewaa ), The Open University, “One sun, many applications – can it solve water issues?”

Luca Steel (@Luca_Steel ), Rothamsted Research, “Cereal Killer: The tiny invaders destroying our crops”

Dr Edith Rogers (@edith_rogers ), Cranfield University, “Looking Faster: better detectors for medical imaging”

Rachel Hasler (@_green_network_ ), Cranfield University, “Understanding the soil microbiome… Just what are those microbes up to?”

Esther Garcia Cela (@esthergcela ), University of Hertfordshire, “Mycotoxins: Snow White’s poisoned apple”

Tolulope Elemo (@ElemoTolulope ), Cranfield University, “As simple as sand”

Kate Hand (@hanka_KL ), The Open University, “Measuring up: Monitoring the benefits of urban trees”

Dr Kate Hewins, Cranfield University, “Forensic Science – is it really like Silent Witness?”

Dr Natalia Falagan (@natalia_falagan ), Cranfield University, “Join the Rurban Revolution!”

Dr Xiaoxiao Sun, Cranfield University, “The role of hydrogen in decarbonising future aviation”

Julia Vila Guilera (@juliavigu ), University College London, “What happens when you flush the toilet?”

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