Cranfield University scientists will join an all-female speaker line-up at Soapbox Science in Middleton Hall, centre:mk shopping centre this weekend.

The innovative event, taking place on Saturday 29 July between 12 – 3pm, promotes female scientists by engaging with the public through interactive talks and lively demonstrations.

Hoping to change the face of science and empower women in the industry, speakers will share their knowledge and passion about the cutting-edge scientific research they are involved in. The quirky, no-frills format will enable speakers to cover topics including autism, food waste and soil science.

Coordinating the event in Milton Keynes for the second year running is Dr Jacqueline Hannam, a soil scientist from Cranfield University. She said: “We are thrilled that Soapbox Science is returning to Milton Keynes and that we can once again promote the work of the talented female scientists from the region. Having five speakers from Cranfield is an excellent example of the diverse workforce at the University, and the passion for promoting the work that we do.”

It is anticipated that the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Martin Petchey will show his support at the event.

The event is free to attend and will take place on the indoor beach that will be in Middleton Hall for the summer, so sit back and relax in your deck chair and prepare to be wowed by amazing science!

Soapbox Science provides a unique platform that encourages female scientists to exhibit their research and generate debate in public arenas, with many events being held across the UK and Ireland. Each speaker is given one hour to amaze audiences, answer questions and spark discussions about their chosen area of work.

This weekend’s event will showcase 12 speakers in total, sharing research in technology, science and engineering. Institutions represented include Bournemouth University, Cranfield University, University of Buckingham, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, The Open University and University of Warwick.

People viewing a speaker at Soapbox Science MK 2016
Presenter at Soapbox Science

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Speakers and topics covered at Soapbox Science Milton Keynes 2017

Dr Rachel Moseley (@neuronnerd_rach), Bournemouth University “Amazing brains and the autism spectrum” 

Miss Sabrina Cipullo (@cipullo_s), Cranfield University “Soil Science, Contaminated land, and The Chuck Norris Effect” 

Dr Dani Barrington (@dani_barrington), Cranfield University “It’s complicated: my relationship with my toilet” 

Mrs Kirsty Lowe-Brown (@klowebrown), University of Buckingham “Socks again?! Children’s responses to disappointing gifts and other everyday emotional situations” 

Dr Carol Verheecke-Vaessen (@CaVaessenVe), Cranfield University “Food spoilage or not, that is the question…” 

Dr Nicola Smyllie (@NicolaSmyllie), Cambridge University “What makes you tick? The clock inside your brain” 

Miss Marion Roullet (@LabSquishyStuff ), Unilever / University of Edinburgh“Why did you put that colloid in my ice cream”

Stacy Phillips (@shtacy_phillips), The Open University “How to make a mountain: Find out how mountains are built, how they get to be so tall, and why there are fossils at the top of Mt Everest” 

Dr. Pallavi Anand (@anandpallavijha), The Open University “Sea shells as a unique recorder of Earth’s climate” 

Dr Bridget Penman (@BSPenman), University of Warwick “Understanding the secrets of malaria hidden in human genes” 

Ms Emily Dowdeswell (@EDowdeswell), Cranfield University “Could Climate Change influence how easily our soils are eroded?”

Ms Sara Sánchez López (@sasisoy_world), Cranfield University “Fatberg: what happens when things don’t dissolve in water”


About Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. 

Visit Soapbox Science and follow @soapboxscience on Twitter.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.