Women in Science take to their Soapboxes

Soap Box Science on the South Bank

Soapbox Science, the initiative championing women in science, returns this summer to present the wonder of science to the masses.

The event brings cutting-edge scientific learning straight to London’s Southbank, showcasing the UK’s leading female scientists. Each speaker takes to their soapbox to champion science to the general public.

The event is co-organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Dr Nathalie Pettorelli and the Dr Seirian Sumner from the University of Bristol. Both women are previous Fellows of The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme. The event is proudly sponsored by the ZSL and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme for the fifth year running.

Since its inception in 2011, over 85 women have presented at Soapbox Science events around the UK and Ireland. This year’s inspirational line up of speakers include doctors, professors and students; all raring to champion their specialist subject.

Spectators will be able to engage in a wide-range of scientific discussions including the use of atoms to study space, testing innovative technology to tackle illness, and assessing the risk of extinction of a species.

Speaker Dr Monika Böhm from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), said: “Soapbox Science is a great way to dispel the myth that science is just about sitting behind a microscope all day.

“My work assessing species at risk of extinction has taken me to some amazing places, and allowed me to highlight the plight of some of the most amazing animals – great and small – as well as build up friendships with amazing scientists from around the world. I can’t wait to get on my soapbox and showcase how incredible science can be.”

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Fellowships Programme is now in its 8th year with the five latest Fellows due to be announced by an expert judging panel at the Royal Society on 23 June.