Swansea Soapbox Science call on inspiring women scientists

Soapbox Science is returning to Swansea for a third year – and event organisers are appealing to all inspiring women scientists in Wales to take part.

Soapbox Science  aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and to challenge traditional science stereotypes. The grass-roots science outreach organisation brings cutting edge research onto the streets, by placing inspirational speakers on soapboxes and starting conversations with the public about their work.

The talks are designed to make science fun and accessible to all and feature a wide range of STEMM subjects and exciting props and to bring science to life for passers-by.

Now organisers are appealing to women who work, study and research in STEMM subjects to apply to take part in the event.

This year, Swansea Soapbox Sciencewill be on Saturday 10th September as part of the British Science Festival Family Weekend and, in a change of location, will be in the city centre’s Swansea Market and Quadrant Centre area between 12 noon and 4pm.

Organiser of Swansea’s Soapbox Science, Dr Geertje Van Keulan, of Swansea University said: “We are thrilled to be part of the prestigious British Science Festival Family Weekend and want lots of women who work in STEMM to be a part of it.  It will give them the chance to engage with people who might not otherwise encounter science, to help break down stereotypes of who is a scientist and become a role model to inspire the next generation of scientists.

“In doing so, speakers can raise awareness of their work and experience a new, different and fun way of science communication.  They also will meet other fantastic scientists and join the growing Soapbox Science community.”

Apply to become a speaker at Swansea’s Soapbox Science 

View images from Soapbox Science in Swansea from 2014 and 2015.

See the video from our 2015 Soapbox Science event.

Learn more about Soapbox Science

Story by Delyth Purchase d.purchase@swansea.ac.uk