SoapboxScience 2014 Ireland


On the 26th of April 2014, Soapbox Science joined efforts with Trinity College Dublin’s Equality Fund and WiSER to transform Trinity’s Front Square into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of Ireland’s leading female scientists took to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public. The event’s mission remained the same as the original London event: to help eliminate gender inequality in science by raising the profile, and challenging the public’s view, of women and science.

Speakers took to their soapboxes in Front Square (whatever the weather!) from 12-3pm. Each speaker presented every hour for 15 minutes. The audience could look out for exploding Martians, very long rubber gloves, witches capes and misbehaving brains! The speakers and their discussion topics included:


Prof Aoife McLysaght, School of Genetics and Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin  “Evolutionary insights into how genes work”

Prof Emma Teeling, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin “Batty ideas?”  Watch her performance here

Dr. Erin Williams, School of Veterinary Medicine,  University College Dublin “Healthy milk from happy cows”

Dr. Fiona Walsh, Department of Biology, NUI Maynooth  “Antibiotic resistance hunting in the bacteria jungle”

Dr Geetha Srinivasan, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queens University Belfast “Ionic liquid – liquid salts”

Dr Helen Sheridan, School of Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences,  Trinity College Dublin “Nature’s pharmacy: therapeutic gifts from flowers, fungi, frogs and fernsWatch her performance here

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, CRANN, Trinity College Dublin “The little things matter”

Dr Kim Roberts, School of Genetics and Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin “What’s the big deal about bird flu?

Dr Lorna Lopez, Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland “Clues to understanding your brain

Dr Mary Bourke, School of Natural Sciences (Geography), Trinity College Dublin “Snows and flows on Mars”

Karen McCarthy, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork “Microcompartments – Mini Factories for us!”

Prof Yvonne Buckley, School of Natural Sciences and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, Trinity College Dublin “Lights, fertiliser, herbivores, action!


Discover our 2014 speakers:

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