Swansea Soapbox Science 2020 appeals for speakers

Female speakers at Soapbox Science

Swansea University is appealing for female scientists and engineers to take part in this year’s Soapbox Science by hitting the streets of Swansea to share their passion and inspire the next generation of scientists.

The aim of this annual event, which takes place on Saturday 11 July is to raise the profile and challenge the public’s view of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in the hope of influencing girls and their families to follow a career in science, whatever their background.

Soapbox Science is an international initiative which aims to bring science to the people and challenge gender stereotypes in science careers, and 2020 promises to be its biggest year yet with 56 events taking place across 15 countries.

Organiser Dr Geertje van Keulen, of Swansea University, said: “Swansea’s Soapbox Science will feature women at the forefront of science and technology from all over Wales and we hope they will stop people in their tracks with fascinating talks on their research.

“In the past we have heard talks on a diverse range of subjects from upcycling of plastic waste, volcanoes, smart materials of the future, to antimatter physics and antimicrobial resistance and we look forward to hearing more exciting science and engineering talks this year!”

Anyone keen to speak at the event should apply online by 10am on Monday 2 March.

For any queries, email the Swansea Soapbox Science team. Training on how to engage with the true general public will be offered. 

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