Soapbox Science Oxford – 2018

Soapbox Science is coming to Oxford for the third year running thanks to a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.


Our previous two events transformed Cornmarket Street and Magdalen College School into an arena for science communication and public interaction; they follow the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate.

​With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no powerpoint slides, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women in science who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask.

Look out for bat simulators, tea bags or giant pictures of volcanoes. Or simply hear them talk about what fascinates them, and why they think they have the most fantastic job in the world!

Our speakers

Dr Roslin Adamson: One mutant protein, two devastating diseases. Can we cure them both? University of Oxford. Read her blog here

Dr Nicola Bailey: Dr Robot; the future of surgery? Lecturer, University of Bath. Read her blog here

Ms Jacqueline Gill: The Antibiotic Apocalypse: How Bacteria Become Antibiotic Resistant and Why We Aren’t Finding New Antibiotics. DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford. Read her blog here

Prof E.J. Milner-Gulland: Busting the myths of the illegal wildlife trade Read her blog here

Prof Anna Nekaris: How social media is killing the world’s only venomous primates? Oxford Brookes University

Dr Hayley Mountford: The Science of Superpowers. Oxford Brookes University. Listen to her radio interview here (From 1:08)

Miss Alexandra Pike: Are eating disorders like compulsive disorders? Why should we care? DPhil Student, University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry

Miss Rebecca Raper: Robots with Conscience. PhD student, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Anna Veprik: Keeping the balance – how our body maintains levels of blood glucose. Postdoctoral research scientist, University of Oxford. Read her blog here


Soapbox Science Oxford is organised by Carlyn Samuel (Interdisciplinary centre of of Conservation Science at the University of Oxford) Ravinder Kander (department of Biological and Medicinal Sciences, Oxford Brookes University) and dong Liu Department of Materials, University of Oxford)

Watch a film about our 2017 event