Soapbox Arts and Science 2017

Soapbox Art and Science 2017

The event took place in the beautiful grounds of Magdalen College School, Oxford on Saturday July 1st.


The Scientists, Their Topics and Their Artists:

SoniaProf Sonia Contera, Associate Professor, Physics Department/University of Oxford. “Nanotechnology and the Future of Biology: the converging technologies that will shape the future of Medicine.” Sonia teamed with Ellen McAleavey, an art student at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Ayoe Buus Hansen, MetOffice. “Dispersing knowledge - how I model atmospheric dispersion” Her artist was Kate Davis, art student at Oxford Brookes University. Read more about Kate and Alyoe here

Dr Helen Barron, Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford. “Your story: how does your brain remember?” Worked with Natasha Zielazinski, a composer. Read their blog here

Dr Jennifer Pike, Reader in Palaeoclimate and Climate Systems, Cardiff University. “Tiny fossils answering big questions: come and hear how Antarctic ice evolves in response to changing climate”. Jennifer teamed with Clair Chinnery, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Faculty of Technology Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University.

artDr Sarah Hollingshead, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford. “The power of pigments! How pigments colour the natural world.” Sarah workedg with Nora Qamar, a student at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Dr Jyoti Patel, British Heart Foundation Intermediate Transition Fellow, University of Oxford. “Putting a brake on cell trafficking”.

Dr Roslin Adamson, Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford. “Structural biology: how we see single molecules”, worked with Molly Foulkes, an art student at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Read more about Molly and Roslin here

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

Lucy Mapp, Ph.D. student, University of Southampton. “Co-crystals as new and improved drug products: modifying properties for better medicines”. Lucy paired with Tess Pierce, an art student from Oxford Brookes University.

beccaRebecca Short, PhD student, Imperial College London/ZSL. “Got bigger fish to fry?: why should we care about fish even in the fight against malaria?”. Becca enjoyed working with Suzanne Vanezis, an art student from The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Read Becca's blog here

Sarah Gore, PhD Researcher, Cardiff University. “Oceanography: Saving the Planet via Carbonate Engineering Strategies?”. Sarah partnered with Eleanor Monk, an arts student at Oxford Brookes University.

Soapbox Science Oxford is organised by Carlyn Samuel (Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at The University of Oxford), Dong Liu (dept. of Materials, The University of Oxford) and Ravinder Kanda (Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University).

logosSoapbox Science in it’s purely science format is now in its 8th year. It is a fresh, no-frills grass-roots approach to bringing science to all people on the streets, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have come across science in their daily lives. Our Soapbox Scientists are real-life scientists, who are at the cutting-edge of scientific research. They stand on busy urban streets and talk to the passersby about their science. They share their knowledge, answer the public’s questions, and above all they share their passion and thirst for the advancement of science. Soapbox Science is a well-cited source for comment and opinion on the issue of women in science and a model for revolutionizing equality in science.



Watch our 23017 video clip about the event here