Soapbox Art & Science


Building on the success of Soapbox Science Oxford 2016, the 2017 event takes on a new and exciting element!

Who is a scientist and who is an artist? Can the work someone in a lab coat is doing relate to a painting, or a dancer, or be understood through music?

The new project aims to bring science to arts fans and art to scientists. By challenging artists and scientists to work together, Soapbox Art & Science will bring difficult science concepts to the public in exciting, innovative and engaging ways.

12 of the UK’s leading women in science will take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the general public, alongside some amazing local artists. The new Soapbox Art & Science 2017 event will capitalize on Soapbox Science’s current strengths to widen the audiences exposed to science carried out by women and will facilitate communication and collaboration between the arts and science communities. Soapbox Art & Science will be presented at Oxford Festival of the Arts on Saturday 1st July.


Our Scientists, Artists and their Discussion Topics

Kate Davis, Oxford Brookes University will work with Dr Ayoe Buus HansenMetOffice Their topic: “Dispersing knowledge – how I model atmospheric dispersion”

Tess Pierce (@tessy_tallula), Oxford Brookes University will work with Lucy Mapp (@mapp135)University of Southampton Their topic:  “Co-crystals as new and improved drug products: modifying properties for better medicines”

Eleanor Monk, Oxford Brookes University will work with Sarah Gore (Sarahgore_ocean), Cardiff University Their topic:  “Saving the ocean via artificial ocean alkalinisation”

Eleanor Minney, University of Oxford will work with Dr Liz TunbridgeUniversity of Oxford. Their topic:  “How do our genes influence our brains? Why is this relevant for mental health?”

Suzanne Vanezis, University of Oxford will work with Rebecca Short (@BeccaEShort), University of Oxford / Imperial College London / Zoological Society of London Their topic:  “Got bigger fish to fry?: why should we care about fish even in the fight against malaria?”

Ellen McAleavey, Oxford Brookes University will work with Prof Sonia Contera, University of Oxford Their topic:  “Nanotechnology and the Future of Biology : the converging technologies that will shape the future of Medicine.”

Nora Qamar, University of Oxford will work with Dr Sarah HollingsheadUniversity of Oxford. Their topic:  “The power of pigments! How pigments colour the natural world”

Julia Mallaby, Oxford Brookes University will work with Cristiana Vagnoni (@Neuronal_K), University of Oxford Their topic:  “Neuronal Battleship : Mapping connectivity in the developing brain”

Natasha Zielazinski, Composer will work with Dr Helen Barron (@HelenCBarron), University of Oxford Their topic:  “Your story: how does your brain remember?”  

Oriane Pierrepoint, Oxford Brookes University will work with Dr Jyoti Patel, University of Oxford Their topic:  “Putting a brake on cell trafficking” 

Clair Chinnery, Oxford Brookes University will work with Dr Jennifer Pike, Cardiff University Their topic:  “Tiny fossils answering big questions: how Antarctic ice evolves in response to changing climate”

Molly Foulkes, University of Oxford will work with Dr Ros Adamson, University of Oxford Their topic:  “Structural biology: how we see single molecules”





We couldn’t run this event without the generous logistical and financial support of our sponsors. Since 2014, our overall whole initiative is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. 

For the second year running The University of Oxford and The Medical Sciences Division and Oxford Brookes University are proud to be supporting Soapbox Science Art & Science.