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Soapbox Science Sydney

Presented by Soapbox Science
Free - No Ticket Required

Soapbox Science Sydney is a free, interactive, public event showcasing the cutting edge Australian research carried out by aspiring and established female researchers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine disciplines.

Picture the iconic backdrop of Circular Quay and 12 enthusiastic women researchers standing on soapboxes wearing lab coats! With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading researchers.

No PowerPoint slides, no amphitheatre, just remarkable women doing research who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the questions you have been burning to ask. Or simply hear them talk about what fascinates them, and why they have the most fantastic job in the world!

Soapbox Science Sydney engages all facets of society in STEMM – especially those who wouldn’t otherwise come across science in their daily lives – and to promote a public dialogue around important scientific issues. Soapbox Science Sydney also promotes women in STEMM and inspires younger generations to engage with STEMM subjects and explore them as career options.

The 12 speakers and their exciting talks include:

12:00-1:00 pm session

Dr Gal Winter (@GalWinter2), University of New England
 “The gut microbiome: Ask not what you can do for your microbes but what they can do for YOU”

Dr Paola A. Magni (@doc_magni), Murdoch University
 “Crimes, Critters & Clues”

Dr Jessica Borger (@jessborger), Monash University
Designing superior killers of cancers”

Dr Dominique Tanner (@DrDomTanner), University of Wollongong
“Where do precious metals come from? The story of how magmas and volcanoes can make a gold mine… and more!”

1:00-2:00 pm session

Riddhi Gupta (@riddhisw), The University of Sydney
“Machine Learning and Quantum Control Using our engineering past to navigate a quantum future”

Hasti Hayati, University of Technology Sydney
Dynamics of running dogs.”

Dr Emi Tanaka (@statsgen), The University of Sydney
“Is diversity important? What we can learn from plant breeding.”

Dr Emma Camp (@emmafcamp), University of Technology Sydney
“Can Super Corals really be Super Heroes for the Great Barrier Reef?”

2:00-3:00 pm session

Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann (@AnneTiedemann1), The University of Sydney
“Physical activity: the elixir of health and wellbeing”

Dr Yee Lian Chew (@WormyChew), University of Wollongong
“What can worms teach us about the brain?”

Associate Professor Arti Agarwal, University of Technology Sydney
“Optics in life: internet and other things…”

Dr Lisa A. Williams (@williamslisaphd), University of New South Wales
“Is the pursuit of happiness shortsighted?”