Soapbox Science is a nationwide initiative created by research biologists Drs Seirian Sumner and Nathalie Pettorelli, designed to address the misconceptions of women in science by communicating cutting-edge scientific ideas directly to the general public. Four speakers at a time take to the streets armed only with a soapbox on which to stand and present their work for an hour, before handing over to the next speaker.
Catalina Taltavull, a Clare Hall Research Fellow organised one of these events earlier in the month, where the finest female minds in science took to the streets of Cambridge to tell the masses about their research. Sponsored by Clare Hall and a completely free event, speakers represented a wide range of topics and participants ranged from PhD students to professors. Clare Hall’s Maria Grazia Spillantini (pictured right), talked about ‘untangling the role of protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease’. The event was a great success and generated lots of media interest from across Cambridge.