Lauren Samet to present in Soapbox Science Milton Keynes on Saturday 9th July
From Exeter to Edinburgh, Manchester to Milton Keynes, women scientists will be taking to their soapboxes in popular public spaces such as parks, high streets and beaches to share their passion for science with the public.
University of Northampton research student, Lauren Samet, is taking part in Soapbox Science 2016 in Milton Keynes on Saturday. Soapbox Science is a series of events, organised by Bristol University, where female scientists talk about their research to the general public to get them interested in science and try to break some of the stereotypes that science is a male dominated industry.
It’s a free event and open to all. Lauren’s talk will be on Nutraceutical Use in Animal Welfare.
The festival has two aims: to bring the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists to unexpected places, and to increase the visibility of women in science.
In the UK, women account for 35 per cent of PhD science graduates, but only 11 per cent of senior lecturers and less than 8 per cent of professors. The UK has an annual shortfall in domestic supply of around 40,000 new STEM skilled workers. One solution is to retain the women currently being lost from science.
Soapbox Science co-founder, Dr Seirian Sumner of the University of Bristol said: “This year, we are delighted to be able to showcase women from a huge range of backgrounds. These women show that there is no one ‘type’ of person who is a scientist. Soapbox Science aims to break down pre-conceptions of who a scientist is, and inspire a new generation of girls into science irrespective of their background.”
With speakers ranging from PhD students to professors, Soapbox Science represents the full spectrum of the academic career path, and gives speakers themselves the chance to meet and network with other women in science.
Events are open to the public, free of charge, and great fun. Expect hands-on props, experiments and specimens, not to mention bags of passion and enthusiasm.