One month to go until Swansea welcomes Soapbox Science

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How can micro-algae be turned into food and other consumer products? How do we stay alive in a world of poisons, toxins and danger? Are snails intelligent?

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It’s just one month to go before these and many more questions are answered as female scientists from around Wales will dust down their sandy soapboxes and welcome Soapbox Science back to Swansea.

After last year’s successful inaugural event at the 360 Beach and Watersports Cafe, organisers are returning to the venue for the 2015 Soapbox Science Swansea on Saturday 6th June between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and families visiting Swansea Bay will be stopped in their tracks by women at the forefront of science and technology talking about their research.  The event’s mission is to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and to challenge traditional science stereotypes. The talks are set to make science fun and accessible to all and will feature a wide range of STEMM subjects and exciting props, bringing science to life for passers-by.

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The event will feature keynote speaker, Professor Karen Holford, leading engineer and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University’s College of Physical Sciences, who will be talking about engineering for the future needs of society. Of the 16 speakers taking part that day, 8 are from Swansea University and all represent a range of disciplines including physics, mathematics, medicine, bioscience and engineering.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott a microbiologist and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Swansea University said: “It is fitting that Swansea plays host to an event like Soapbox Science as it builds on the city’s long history of industry, engineering and science which will continue with the opening of Swansea University’s new Bay Campus later this year. Last year’s Soapbox Science was a roaring success and the presenters and audiences all had a great time discovering science together in the beautiful setting of sunny Swansea Bay.  We hope this year’s event will be even more successful and that the weather is equally as kind!”

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The Swansea event has been supported by Swansea University, the Impact Accelaration Account,  Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS),  Society of Biology, the British Society of Soil Science and PHYCONET .