Manchester scientists get on their soapboxes

Soapbox Science Manchester 2016

Soapbox Science is back in Manchester!

Manchester celebrates its designation as European City of Science with the EuroScience Open Forum (23-27 July). Alongside these celebrations, on 23 July 2016, 12 female scientists will take to their soapboxes in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, to demonstrate and discuss their research.

There will be something for everyone; clouds to cancer, protons to parasites, neuropsychology to nanoscience. Think you won’t understand it? Think again. Come and find out how scientific research informs everyday life.

Event organiser Dr Joanne Pennock of The University of Manchester said: “'Soapbox Science is great fun! If you ever wanted a chance to ask a scientist directly about their research then this is it. I'm so pleased that we have this opportunity to give female scientists a platform to share their science right in the middle of the busiest part of the city centre.''


  • Dr Megan Argo, University of Manchester
    When Gallaxies Collide!
  • Ms Chloe Oakland, University of Manchester
    Let’s glow detect: Fluorescent nanoparticles for early disease diagnosis
  • Dr Alinda Fernandes, Kings College, London
    Making minibrains in a dish – laboratory models for testing therapies
  • Ms Katie Walwyn-Brown, University of Manchester
    A sense of self: when danger is all around how does your immune system know what to trust?
  • Dr Wiebke Frey, University of Manchester
    How Clouds Form
  • Dr Zahraa Al-Ahmady, University of Manchester
    Crafting Heat-Triggered Grenades to Blast Cancer
  • Ms Laura Sinclair, University of York
    Proton rich nuclei, in the mass 70 and 90 region, on the effect on the astrophysical rp-process
  • Professor Kathryn Else, University of Manchester
    Parasitic worms: life stories
  • Ms Alba Maiques-diaz, CRUK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester
    Want to know how your blood is produced?
  • Dr Caroline Howe, University of Sheffield
    Our natural safety net: understanding the importance of our complex relationship with the natural world and how it provides for our well-being
  • Dr Marina Parry, University of Manchester
    By understanding the genetics of prostate cancer, we can treat patients with more personalised care
  • Ms Monique Henson, astrophysicist, University of Manchester.
    How to Build a Universe!

Event details

Date: Saturday 23rd July, 2016
Address: Piccadilly Gardens,City Centre, Manchester
Time: 1pm – 4pm



Soapbox Science is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council

For more information on the event visit Soapbox Science and for more on the EuroScience Open Forum, visit the University’s ESOF pages.