When: 19 September 2020
Where: Princesshay, Exeter
Soapbox Science at Exeter
Soapbox Science showcases the research of women who are making significant contributions to the scientific community.
The event, which takes place each summer, follows the format of London Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner, transforming Exeter’s Princesshay into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; creating a dynamic and bustling atmosphere and learning environment for all.
You can visit the Soapbox Science website for more information about Exeter’s and other events taking place across the globe. You can also keep up to date with our event on Twitter using @SoapboxExeter and #ExeterSoapbox
Soapbox science Exeter 2020 speakers
Fish on Painkillers: More Than a Headache
Rebekah Boreham is a third year PhD student who uses glow-in-the-dark fish to study drugs in the environment. She will be talking about how medicines we use everyday end up in rivers and how they can impact wildlife.
Dr Janire Escolar Ulibarri
New materials for nanoelectronics
Dr. Escolar Ulibarri is a physicist who has worked on the nanotechnology field. She will be talking about a new type of materials in devices which improve the performance of the devices.
Conquering the world by embracing diversity: no two bacteria cells are the same
Georgina is a final year PhD biomedical physics student. On the soapbox she will talk about how no two single bacteria cells are the same, how exactly they differ and how this allows them to 'conquer the world'.
Dr Yessenia Jauregui-Sánchez
Turn on the light and look!
Dr. Jauregui-Sánchez is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter. She works on optics and develops non-invasive techniques for imaging through scattering media. She will talk about some properties of light and its importance in our daily life.
How to build planets around far-off stars
Anna is an astrophysicist who studies how planets form around far-off stars. She will talk about the challenges of observing tiny specks of dust around young stars, and how that dust clumps together to create planets.
Pancreas development - it’s in your genes
The pancreas is an incredibly complex organ which is essential for the maintenance of blood glucose levels in the blood. Despite it’s important role, little is known about how the pancreas develops, my research explores genetic features require for development.
Dr Sophie Nedelec
Commotion in the ocean!
Traffic noise annoys coral reef fish!
Traffic noise annoys coral reef fish! Dr. Nedelec is a marine biologist who works on underwater sound. She will be talking about how coral reef fish use sound, how they are disturbed by underwater traffic noise, and what we can do about it
Dr Anna Ott
How can a material 100,000 times smaller than a hair protect our data?
Dr. Ott is a physicist who works on materials that are only one or a few atoms thick, one-hundred-thousand-times smaller than the thickness of a hair. She will be talking about their application in data storage devices for computers.
Rana Sabouni Tabari
Novel functional devices to enhance hearing
Rana is a PhD student in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Rana is going to be talking about her research regarding how the novel ear- chip on-a- device could restore hearing loss of damaged areas in the cochlea.
Dr Luciana Torquati
Bugs in your guts: understanding gatekeepers of our health
Dr. Torquati is lecturer in Nutrition researching on how diet and exercise affect health. Her talk will focus on how diet can modulate the bacteria that live in our gut, and how these interactions can prevent chronic disease.
Soapbox Science is not just about the speakers. Without a supportive team of committed, enthusiastic people, a Soapbox event simply cannot happen. Each event relies on an animated team of up to 20 volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial role in rounding up the public, chatting to them informally about science, supporting the speakers by managing props and helping to calm any pre-box nerves (even the most experienced speakers get a bit jittery!) as well as handing out Soapbox goodies to lucky audience members!
Another important role of the volunteers is gathering data so we can effectively monitor the success of the event: volunteers carry out the bulk of our streamlined evaluation process, through interviews, observations and counting footfall.
We ask you to commit to attending the event. You’ll need to turn up 1.5 hours before the event starts for a briefing and training. You’ll need to stay until up to an hour after the event ends, to help clear up. There will also be a post-event celebration with the speakers following the clear up! We’ll send you a volunteers information pack beforehand, with the contact details of your local organisers, and details on what role you’ve been allocated and at what time.