Soapbox Science 2020 Ottawa

We are excited to be hosting our 2nd annual Soapbox Science event in Canada’s Capital – Ottawa. Like last year, our event will be featured at its premier tourist attraction, the ByWard Market. Here you will be able to interact with speakers working on optics, water treatment, brain inflammation, rats and much more! We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an engaging experience.


We couldn’t run this event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Thank you to the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and Le genie au service des femmes : Rethinking the Faces and Spaces of Engineering for supporting both our 2019 and 2020 events.

Details of the location and timing of the event

:  September 19, 2020

Location: 55 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Time: 1-4PM


Selected from a competitive pool of researchers, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in STEMM. The speakers and their discussion topics are:

Eliza Ali, PhD Student, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University/Merali Lab, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research “Can rats teach us more about empathy?”

Dr. Onita Basu (@BasuOnita), Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University “Think Water”

Tianna Beharriell, MSc (@Tianna_Be), PhD Student, University of Ottawa “Get Moving! The future of sport science and wearable technology”

Irem Bor-Yaliniz (@irembor), PhD Candidate/Senior Research Engineer, Carleton University/Huawei Canada Research Center “Sky is NOT the limit for your cellphones”

Dr. Jodi Edwards (@brainheartnexus), Scientist/Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa Heart Institute/University of Ottawa “Follow your heart but don’t forget your brain: The heart-brain connection for cardiovascular health”

Dr. Monica Granados (@monsauce), Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada “Open science: Putting science within reach”

MSc. Gracielle Higino (@graciellehigino), PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal “Never tell me the odds!”

Dr. Adina Luican-Mayer (@LuicanMayer), Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa “The amazing quantum world of the thinnest materials”

Dr. Nirosha J. Murugan (@msahsorin), Assistant Professor in Health Science, Algoma University “Rebooting cell identity: Biomedical strategies to change the fate of cancer”

Dr. Sangeeta Murugkar, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Carleton University “Biophotonics: Shedding Light on Life”

Dr. Jagdeep K. Sandhu, Senior Research Officer/Adjunct Professor, National Research Council Canada/University of Ottawa “The inflamed brain: putting out the fire of inflammation”

Dr. Winnie Ye (@WinnieYe_SiP), Professor, Carleton University “Magic of Light – Understanding Photonics/Optics”

Discover our 2020 speakers: