Soapbox Science 2019 Cape Town

18 September 2019 | Story Supplied. Photo Mars P, Flickr. Read time 2 min.
Soapbox Science comes to Cape Town for the first time on 28 September at the V&A Waterfront.
Soapbox Science comes to Cape Town for the first time on 28 September at the V&A Waterfront.

Five University of Cape Town (UCT) female scientists are included in the local organising team that will bring Soapbox Science to Cape Town for the first time on 28 September, at the V&A Waterfront.

This novel public outreach platform for promoting female scientists and the work they do will follow the format of Speakersʼ Corner in Londonʼs Hyde Park, transforming the Waterfront venue into an arena for public learning and scientific debate.

“We have so many wonderful women in science in South Africa and it’s time for the public to meet them, and Soapbox Science is just the best format to make this happen,” said coordinator Dr Lucia Marchetti, who holds a joint position as South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astronomy at UCT and the University of the Western Cape.

The other UCT scientists on the organising committee are senior South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) researcher Dr Elisa Nemes, MeerKAT telescope astronomer Dr Jacinta Delhaize, Dr Sarah Blyth (Department of Astronomy) and the university’s Chair of Astronomy, Professor Renee Kraan-Korteweg.

“We hope that our speakers and their passion will be an inspiration for the future generations of scientists,” Marchetti said.


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