Soapbox Science 2020 Winnipeg

Dr. Manisha Ajmani was selected to be a part of Edinburgh Soapbox Science event, where she shared her research with hundreds of people in the summer of 2017. She really enjoyed the event and shared her experience with her sister, Nisha Ajmani. Nisha has worked with different outreach programs such as Let’s Talk Science and has been mentoring students and researchers on different projects related to Biosciences and Bioinformatics. Manisha and Nisha are passionate advocates for women’s education in the STEM field and strongly believe that women can make a difference in the field of science and help shape the future of the world. They believe that engaging female researchers in public outreach events can be very encouraging for many more young women to take up STEM areas of study.

They thought Soapbox Science is a great platform to showcase STEM which encouraged them to bring Soapbox Science to Winnipeg!

They are excited about hosting their 1st Soapbox Science event in Canada’s beautiful city – Winnipeg (also known as “Winterpeg”).

The Team

Dr. Manisha Ajmani,

Research Project Manager,

The University of Winnipeg.

Twitter @ajmani95,


Nisha Ajmani,


University of Manitoba.

Twitter @AjmaniNisha, Linkedin


We could not run this event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors.

Details of the event

This year Soapbox Science Winnipeg is running an online event! Log on to Soapbox Science’s YouTube to watch some of Winnipeg’s leading scientists showcase their science to the general public on November 7th, 2020

Session 1: November 7th, 2020, time: 11:00 AM CST

Session 2: November 7th, 2020, time: 12:00 AM CST

Speaker details

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

Jasmine Frost, PhD candidate, University of Manitoba, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,  Mumps, the comeback kid!”

Sakshi Kakkar, PhD Researcher (Particle Physics), University Of Manitoba, “Welcome to the world of Particles !!”

Silvia Leon-Mantilla (@silviajulianalm), MD, MSc., Chronic Disease Innovation Centre,From Immigration to a career in kidney research”

Ms. Vivianne Cruz de Jesus (vivianne_cruz), BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science), PhD student, University of Manitoba, “What kind of bacteria and fungi live in our mouth? And why does it matter?”

Melanie Martin (@Martin_CSP), Professor of Physics, University of Winnipeg, Director, Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre, “Do you like…Beyond the Human Eye?

Sara Victoria Good (@saravickygood), Department of Biology, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba (adjunct), “Fish and Chips: Using data from our underwater ancestors to understand susceptibility to diseases like Type 1 diabetes”

Kaye Amira Quizon (@ScienceWithKaye), Master’s Student, University of Manitoba and National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, “Toehold switch testing: a pandemic-geared point-of-care platform”

Discover our 2020 speakers:

Top left to bottom right;

Jasmine Frost, Sakshi Kakkar, Silvia Leon-Mantilla, Vivianne Cruz de Jesus, Melanie Martin, Sara Victoria Good, Kaye Amira Quizon