Soapbox Science London 2024

On the 25th of May 2024, 1-4pm, London’s Southbank will transform again into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of London’s leading scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the general public. The event’s mission remains the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and non-binary people in science. The event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2015 video


We couldn’t run this London event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Our London event is supported by the L’Oreal UNESCO For Women In Science Scheme and the Zoological Society of London.

Details of the location and timing of the event

Date:  Saturday 25th May 2024

Address: Queen’s Stone, Riverside walkway (by Gabriel’s Wharf), South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

Time: 1pm – 4pm


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 Eleonora D’Elia (@elekottero), Imperial College London, “Materials at the nano scale: Can we get inspired by nature to create cool stuff?”

Rebecca Hartley (@RS_Hartley), Royal Holloway, University of London, “Technology and Digital Security in Public Spaces

Max M Fisher (@OuchTheMouse), ViaNautis, “It’s OK to be different”

Dr Caroline Pollard (@Caroline_Poll), National Physical Laboratory, “Zooming in on cancer”

Peggy Bevan (PeggyBevan2), University College London & ZSL, “Decoding Biodiversity: Harnessing AI for Ecology

Leah Wolf, Royal Holloway, University of London, “Teaching machines to see in the dark (matter)”

Dr Anjali Chander, King’s College London/Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, “The impact of oral bacteria on mouth cancer development and treatment outcomes

Dr Anna Olerinyova, Francis Crick Institute, “Shining Light on Alzheimer’s: The Protein Puzzle”

Dr Gitanjali Poddar, Queen Mary University of London, “Large Hadron Collider: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sophie Ledger, ZSL, “What’s in a name? Impacts of ‘Red Listing’ species”

Prof Claudia AM Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, University College London, “What is in our brain? A journey through life and discovery

Dr Heidi Ma, ZSL, “A tale of two giants – the messy conservation challenge of Japanese and Chinese salamanders”