SoapboxScience 2014 Bristol

Festival of Nature logoOn the 14th of June 2014, Soapbox Science joined efforts with the Bristol Festival of Nature to transform the city’s open spaces into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of the UK’s leading female scientists took to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. The event’s mission remained the same: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science. 2014 saw strong competition to appear at this Bristol’s event with over 20 applications received. The winners and their discussion topics included:


Prof Aniko Varadi, Professor in Biomedical Research, Department of Biological Biomedical and Analytical Sciences, University of the West of England Bristol “Keeping your blood sugar levels at bay”

Charlotte Watson, PhD student, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol “Escape from Flatland: adventures in asymmetric synthesis” 

Dr. Elaine Massung, Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol “There’s an (environmental) app for that: smartphones and sustainability”

Dr. Joanna Joy Bryson, Reader, University of Bath  “Cooperation Is Natural: can we make it artificial?”

Jenna Todd Jones, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol  “Optical illusions, tongue twisters, and the eyes in the back of your head: your brain is a magician!”

Dr Kate Hendry, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol “Glassy creatures – a silicon life on the ocean waves!

Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova, Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter “Through the looking-glass: a glimpse into the mathematics of living systems”

Dr Laura Evenstar, Research Associate, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol “The Atacama Desert: the oldest, driest desert in the world.

Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath “Bacteria transform waste into energy in microbial fuel cells

Michaela Musilova, PhD Candidate, Bristol Glaciology Centre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol “Studying aliens – from Bristol to Mars!”

Dr Heather Whitney, ERC Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol “The beautiful tricks of flowers”

Emily Bell, PhD Candidate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol “How to have a social life – lessons from the wasps!


Discover our 2014 speakers:

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