Female scientists make your voice heard

Soapbox science

Are you a female scientist who is passionate about your work, and eager to explore your topic in creative ways? If so, then Soapbox Art & Science needs you.

Soapbox Scientists stand on busy urban streets and talk to the passersby about their work. They share their knowledge, answer the public’s questions, and above all they share their passion and thirst for the advancement of science.  It's a fresh, no-frills, grass-roots approach to bringing science to people on the streets, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise come across science in their daily lives.

Now's the time to apply to take part in next year's Soapbox Science events, including those scheduled for Leeds in October 2017.

As well as the familiar Soapbox Scientist opportunities, 2017 will also see an alternative new approach: scientists can be joined up with artists who'll work with them to produce innovative new ways to communicate their science.  If you'd like to go down this route, you can apply with an artist, or the Soapbox Science organisers will match you up with someone with similar interests.

You'll receive some training at a Soapbox Art & Science workshop in January and have a fantastic chance to meet other women in science from around the country.

Dr_Rebecca_ThompsonDr Rebecca Thompson, an Astbury Centre researcher, took part last year, explaining to the crowds in Newcastle her research on powerful electron microscopes. Read more about her experience on this website

Dr Thompson is happy to answer questions by email or on 0113 3434370.

If you'd like to apply, the deadline for applications is Friday 18 November 2016. Apply here.

Dr Rebecca Thompson, an Astbury Centre researcher, took part last year, explaining to the crowds in Newcastle her research on powerful electron microscopes. Read more about her experience on this website

What is Soapbox Science?

Soapbox Science is a grass-roots science event that brings science to the masses, and tackles inequality issues in science. Female scientists stand on soapboxes on busy urban streets and chat with the public about their work. Our Art & Science events will match scientists with an artist (from a variety of disciplines), who will work with them in the run up to the event to produce a new, innovative and engaging way to help communicate their science.

Why should you apply to be a Soapbox Art & Science scientist?

  • Help us improve the visibility of women in science
  • Develop engaging and innovative ways to communicate your science
  • Make valuable connections with artists and other scientists
  • Engage with people who might not otherwise encounter science

What other benefits will you gain from taking part?

  • Training at one of the bespoke Soapbox Art & Science workshops
  • Chances to meet other fantastic women in science from around the country and join our growing Soapbox Science Alumni community of over 350 inspirational speakers
  • Join the conversation about equality in science and highlight your ideas of how best to increase the visibility of women in science