ECN supports Soapbox Science 2017 Berlin

Soapbox Science Speaker


On Sunday 4th June 2017 between 2 and 5 pm, Berlin will host its very first soapbox science event at Tempelhofer Feld. Female scientists will step on their soapboxes and tell you about the fascinating work they do, so come join us and add a little extra excitement to your Sunday stroll!

The local organisers in Berlin (pictured on the right) are a team of scientists from different nationalities living in Berlin, where they study a range of topics within the life sciences. They have decided to organise this event to fulfil the goal they share with the Soapbox Science initiative: make science available to people of all backgrounds and ages, and empower future female scientists. The event is free. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, have a look at the Soapbox Science 2015 video


Selected from a competitive pool of researchers from Berlin and around, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering. The winners and their discussion topics included:

Dr Maud Bernard-Verdier (@mbernardverdier), Freie Universität Berlin “Aliens in the urban jungle: who are the plants we live with in Berlin and where do they come from?” 

Dr Lysanne Snijders (@LysanneSnijders) , IGB-Berlin/Wageningen University & Research “Do animals have social lives, and does it matter?”

Ms Constance Holman, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin “Our mental map: How we use the brain to navigate” 

Ms Mariana Cerdeira (@mari_cerdeira), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin “Treating brain diseases from the inside out”

Dr Kate Laskowski (@KateLaskowski), Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries “Animal personalities: to boldly go where no fish has gone before”

Dr Tanja Gabriele Baudson (@TGBaudson), TU Dortmund University “What do you think you know about the gifted?”

Dr Maria Piquer-Rodriguez (@BiogeoBerlin), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin “Deforestation in South America: Choice for dinner?”

Ms Clara Romero, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries “Urban waters matter” 

Ms Alicia Correa (@alycorreab585), Justus Liebig University “Water in mountain streams, where does it come from?” 

Dr Wing Ying Chow (@wingyingchow), Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology “Collagen holds your cells together — but what else does it do?”

Ms Sophie Dithmer, Leibniz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology “The brain: also a brave warrior needs a helping hand”

Dr Lysann Zander, Freie Universität Berlin “Extend Yourself: The Power of Social Networks in School and University Settings”


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