Soapbox Art & Science

Sonia Contera, University of Oxford & Ellen McAleavey, Oxford Brookes University, Liz Tunbridge, University of Oxford & Eleanor
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12:00 - 15:00
Magdalen College School
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Are you curious about Nanotechnology? Feeling mystified about sea ice? Want to find out how art and science can work together? Or simply want to know what makes scientists tick? Then Soapbox Art & Science is the must-attend event for you this summer.

Across the UK and beyond, the world’s finest female scientists will be taking to their soapboxes to share their passion for science and answer some of its most mysterious questions at a series of events. On Saturday 1st July at Oxford Festival of the Arts, the first of the year’s Soapbox Art & Science events will see scientists and artists paired together to explore a range of scientific topics in exciting new ways.

Back for the seventh year running, Soapbox Science 2017 will be taking place in 15 cities across the UK, as well as in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and the Republic of Ireland making it the biggest event to date. The new Soapbox Art & Science events are part of this varied programme and are bringing the science and art communities together.

Soapbox Art & Science kicks off on the Magdalene College School Terrace, Oxford on Saturday 1st July, scientists will move out of the lab and take to the streets to discuss everything from dazzling natural pigments to how your brains remember, all while artists offer their own insights into what inspires them.

Inspired by Hyde Park’s famous Speakers’ Corner, Soapbox Art & Science transforms public areas into arenas for learning and debate, as some of the world’s brightest female scientists share their passion for a dizzying array of topics, from the intergalactic to the nanoscale, alongside experimental and engaging pieces of art.

The Oxford event, facilitated by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes and supported by the Science and Technology facilities Council, will feature 12 scientific speakers from institutions across the UK and 12 artists from a variety of disciplines. With a huge diversity of topics discussed, there’s sure to be something to intrigue every kind of enquiring mind.

For more information on the Oxford Soapbox Art & Science event, and to find a full list of speakers, visit: