Soapbox Science returns to Canterbury after a successful 2018 event.

Soapbox Science returns to Canterbury on 15 June in Westgate Gardens

The School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC) has organised another Soapbox Science Canterbury event to promote women’s research to the public.

Women scientists from SAC alongside colleagues from the Schools of Biosciences and the School of Physical Sciences at Kent, as well as Birkbeck and NIAB EMR, will talk about their exciting research on Saturday 15 June between 13.00 and 16.00 in Westgate Gardens in the centre of Canterbury.

In total twelve women will speak about their scientific work on a broad range of topics including forensic anthropology, planetary science, molecular biology, illegal wildlife trade, biological anthropology and conservation science. Visitors will have the chance to learn about everything from capuchins and elephants, your brain and your teeth, and many more interesting topics in the lush surrounds of Westgate Gardens.

The event is free and open to all ages. whether you choose to drop by for ten minutes or stay the full three hours.

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the research they do. The events transform civic areas into an arena for public engagement and scientific debate. The event on Saturday is the second Soapbox Science event in Canterbury after the first event in 2018.

The full list of Soapbox speakers taking part on Saturday is listed below:

  • Dr Emmy Bocaege (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Toothy tales from an archaeologist
  • Dr Gillian Forrester (Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck University of London) – Your 500 million year-old brain
  • Dr Julieta G. Garcia-Donas (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Dem bones, dem bones!: What forensic anthropology tells us about the dead
  • Dr Ana Loureiro (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Kent – From 1 to infinity
  • Dr Emma McCabe (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Superconductors and levitating magnets!
  • Ms Louisse Paola Mirabueno, (NIAB EMR and University of Reading) – Xylella fastidiosa: a fussy bacterium
  • Dr Marie-Jeanne Royer (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Climate change and cities, how green can help
  • Dr Agata Rożek (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Space potatoes and rubber ducks: shapes of asteroids and comets
  • Dr Helena J. Shepherd (School of Physical Sciences, Kent) – Shapeshifting Molecules in the Spotlight
  • Dr Jill Shepherd (School of Biosciences, Kent) – Where are my stem cells?
  • Dr Barbara Tiddi (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Female (monkey) power: how black capuchin females choose their mates
  • Ms Laura Thomas-Walters (School of Anthropology and Conservation, Kent) – Saving rhinos and elephants from the illegal wildlife trade