Soapbox Science 2021 Brussels

On June 26, 2021, women and non-binary researchers from across Belgium will take the streets of Brussels to share their work and their passion with the public. From physics to biology, passing by health science, mathematics and chemistry, each of them will bring their own flavour to the mix!

Details of the event

Date: Saturday, 26th of June 2021

Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Place de la Bourse / Beursplein, Brussels


Selected from a competitive pool of no less than 69 researchers, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering.


  • PhD. Ir. Alexandra Baroni (@AlexandraBaroni, Instagram: alexandrabaroni89), Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), “The incredible inner journey : Welcome aboard our RNA ship!” (“L’incroyable aventure intérieure : Bienvenue à bord de notre vaisseau à ARN !”) (FR, EN)

  • Ir. Ellen Roels (@RoelsEllen), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), “What can robots learn from nature?” (“Wat kunnen robots leren van de natuur?”) (NL, EN)
  • Mx Éléonore Martin, UMons, “When magnets help medical diagnosis: the crazy story of magnetic resonance imaging” (“Quand des aimants aident le diagnostic médical : la folle histoire de l’imagerie par résonance magnétique”) (FR, EN)

  • Vaila Leask (@oohlalaser), KU Leuven, “A lightspeed guide to all things laser” (EN)


  • Lieve van Veggel (Instagram: lievevanveggel), Universiteit Hasselt, “Restoring myelin, the brain’s favourite fat”  (“Herstel myeline, het favoriete vet van je hersenen”) (NL, EN)

  • Elaine Kozma, Post-doctoral researcher, KU Leuven KULAK, “Shape Shifting Shoulders” (« L’épopée de l’épaule: des grands singes aux humains ») (FR, EN)

  • Dr. Karolien Van De Maele (@KarolienVDM), University Hospital Antwerp, department of pediatrics (division of pediatric endocrinology and childhood obesity), “Wacky WEIGHTy Fun Facts” (“Waanzinnig gewichtige weetjes”) (EN, NL, FR)

  • Chiara Lonigro (@Chiara_Lonigro), VIB-UGent, Center for Medical Biotechnology, “Brewing antibodies to quickly contain pandemic outbreaks”  (EN)


  • Dr Sophie Verheyden (@SophieVerheyde1), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural sciences, “Mystery stalagmite circles built by Neanderthals”  (« Le mystère des cercles de stalagmites de Néandertal ») (FR, NL, EN)

  • Dr Alice Mouton (@Alice_Mout), InBios/Conservation genetics Lab, University of Liège (ULiège), “Genetics in conservation biology? Oh My!” (« Il était une fois, la génétique au service de la biodiversité… ») (FR, EN)

  • Charlotte Kirchhoff-Lukat, PhD, KU Leuven, “Geometry through the ages from Euclid to Einstein ” (“Meetkunde door de eeuwen heen van Euclides tot Einstein” /“La géometrie à travers les âges d’Euclide à Einstein”) (EN, NL, FR)

  • Inne Vanderkelen (@ivanderkelen),Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), “The role of reservoirs in our climate system” (“Hoe beïnvloeden stuwmeren ons klimaat?”) (NL, EN)


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

The Royal Observatory of Belgium

The Royal Observatory of Belgium is an internationally renowned research institute with recognised expertise in the study of planet Earth and other nearby or remote objects in the Universe. Astronomy, astrophysics, planetology, geophysics, seismology, gravimetry, spatial geodesy and solar physics constitute the main research fields of the Observatory.

As a public institute, the Royal Observatory of Belgium also provides scientific services to the scientific community, to the public, to the government and to the whole society. Such services include time service, management of the Belgian seismic network, integration in international reference systems of the Belgian GNSS stations (Global Navigation Satellite Systems such as GPS and Galileo), gravimetric measures, continuous monitoring of the solar activity, space weather forecasts and diffusion of information related to astronomical phenomena.

The Royal Observatory of Belgium also manages the Planetarium at the Heysel site in Brussels, which is also the public showcase of the 3 Federal Scientific Institutes of the Space Pole, comprising the Observatory.

The Royal Observatory of Belgium is the host institute of Soapbox Science Brussels and supports Soapbox Science Brussels for all its activities.

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is a Belgian federal scientific research institute. Its main tasks are research and public service in space aeronomy, which is the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere of the Earth and other solar system bodies, and of outer space. It studies the impact of the Sun, nature and mankind on atmospheric changes.

This Belgian knowledge centre has the required competences to elaborate all elements of a space mission to perform a complete study of an aeronomic problem: the formulation of research objectives, the consequent instrument and space mission design, the derivation of satellite data products, their validation and geophysical exploitation, including modelling and service development.  All its activities have one goal in common: the broadening of our knowledge of the atmospheres of celestial bodies. Improved knowledge is indispensable to better inform the citizen and policymakers and to find answers to the societal challenges concerning the natural environment we live in.

Discover BIRA-IASB at or


The Federal Science Policy is one of the main actors of scientific research in Belgium. It brings together many prestigious research programs and manages ten federal scientific institutes.

The 10 Federal Scientific Institutes managed by BELSPO are full of assets. They offer not only exceptional environment and research materials for scientists but also world-class artistic and historical collections.

Thanks to its research programs, its federal scientific institutes and with 2300 employees, BELSPO brings together a wide range of expertise in various fields such as astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology, history, art history, paleontology, meteorology, mineralogy, musicology, seismology,  gravimetry, climatology, anthropology, earth sciences, archivistics, conservation, restoration, information sciences, codicology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, cartography, molecular biology…

Science and culture are in BELSPO interconnected to develop a more sustainable and harmonious society. So, contributes BELSPO to the knowledge of the environment in order to improve the well-being of society and ensure its sustainable development.

Université de Liège (ULiège)

University of Liège is one of Belgium’s leading universities, founded in 1817. ULiège welcomes 25,400 students, 23% of whom are of international origin (122 nationalities). ULiège is the public university of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. It includes 11 Faculties representing the Humanities, Health Sciences, Sciences and Technology. With 40 bachelor’s degrees and 207 master’s degrees, its range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses is among the most diversified in Belgium. ULiège is located in 3 cities in Wallonia: Liège, Gembloux and Arlon. Its courses have several international quality labels (EQUIS, AACSB, EUR-ACE, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles). ULiège collaborates with more than 1,000 teaching and research institutions throughout the world. It boosts its research centres in fields such as biotechnologies, life and medical sciences (human and veterinary), agronomy, space and engineering sciences, environment, etc., by developing partnerships with public authorities and companies. More than 100 spin-off companies created by ULiège are in activity. ULiège is a major employer in Wallonia: more than 5,700 employees, including 640 academic staff and 2,900 people involved in teaching and research activities. Together with the University Hospital (CHU) of Liège, this represents 12,000 direct jobs spread over the provinces of Liège, Namur and Luxembourg.

ULiège motto: SCIENTIA OPTIMVM / #ULiège / @UniversiteLiege

Universiteit Hasselt (UHasselt):

Hasselt University: Innovative and engaged

Civic university

UHasselt is more than its seven faculties, four research institutes, three research centres, 6,500 students and 1,400 researchers and staff. As civic university UHasselt is strongly committed to the Region and the world. It wants to make our society smarter, more agile and better. Through education, research and technology transfer.


Throughout its history, innovation has been – and still is – a constant in everything the University does. When it comes to nurturing talent, pushing scientific boundaries and stimulating innovation, they believe in doing things differently. In a constant changing world, they have to. That is what makes UHasselt the university of today.


Hasselt University’s approach to education is unique. They encourage students to look beyond books and classrooms. They equip them with knowledge and skills. Action and interaction. Thinking and doing. Intensive guidance. That is what being a student at UHasselt is all about. Their alumni are critical, engaged, agile and versatile professionals.

Discover UHasselt at or watch Hasselt University: Facts & Figures 2021

Europlanet Benelux Hub

The Europlanet Benelux Hub aims to promote planetary sciences at a regional level considering its infrastructures, community, industry and research opportunities. It is part of the Europlanet Society, which promotes the advancement of European planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the community.

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