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31 July, 2017 - 22:32 By Kate Sweeney

Top female scientists share cutting-edge research

Sabrina Cipullo Cranfield University

Cranfield University scientists joined an all-female speaker line-up at Soapbox Science in Middleton Hall, centre:mk shopping centre last weekend.

Hoping to change the face of science and empower women in the industry, speakers shared their knowledge and passion about the cutting-edge scientific research they are involved in. 

The event took place on Saturday 29 July to promote female scientists by engaging with the public through interactive talks and engaging demonstrations. Speakers covered topics from autism to food waste and soil science.

Coordinating the event in Milton Keynes for the second year running was Dr Jacqueline Hannam, a soil scientist from Cranfield University. She said: “Having five speakers from Cranfield is an excellent example of the diverse workforce at the university and the passion for promoting the work that we do.”

Soapbox Science provides a unique platform encouraging female scientists to exhibit their research and generate debate in public arenas, with many events being held across the UK and Ireland. 

Each speaker is given one hour to amaze audiences, answer questions and spark discussions about their chosen area of work.

The Milton Keynes event showcased 12 speakers who shared research in technology, science and engineering. Institutions represented included Bournemouth University, Cranfield University, University of Buckingham, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, The Open University and University of Warwick.

Speakers and topics covered at Soapbox Science Milton Keynes 2017

  • Dr Rachel Moseley (@neuronnerd_rach), Bournemouth University “Amazing brains and the autism spectrum” 
  • Miss Sabrina Cipullo (@cipullo_s), Cranfield University “Soil Science, Contaminated land, and The Chuck Norris Effect” 
  • Dr Dani Barrington (@dani_barrington), Cranfield University “It’s complicated: my relationship with my toilet” 
  • Mrs Kirsty Lowe-Brown (@klowebrown), University of Buckingham “Socks again?! Children’s responses to disappointing gifts and other everyday emotional situations” 
  • Dr Carol Verheecke-Vaessen (@CaVaessenVe), Cranfield University “Food spoilage or not, that is the question…” 
  • Dr Nicola Smyllie (@NicolaSmyllie), Cambridge University “What makes you tick? The clock inside your brain” 
  • Miss Marion Roullet (@LabSquishyStuff), Unilever / University of Edinburgh“Why did you put that colloid in my ice cream”
  • Stacy Phillips (@shtacy_phillips), The Open University “How to make a mountain: Find out how mountains are built, how they get to be so tall, and why there are fossils at the top of Mt Everest” 
  • Dr. Pallavi Anand (@anandpallavijha), The Open University “Sea shells as a unique recorder of Earth’s climate” 
  • Dr Bridget Penman (@BSPenman), University of Warwick “Understanding the secrets of malaria hidden in human genes” 
  • Ms Emily Dowdeswell (@EDowdeswell), Cranfield University “Could Climate Change influence how easily our soils are eroded?”
  • Ms Sara Sánchez López (@sasisoy_world), Cranfield University “Fatberg: what happens when things don’t dissolve in water”

PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Miss Sabrina Cipullo, Cranfield University

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