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Soapbox Science 2020

November 18, 2020 - November 19, 2020
6:00 PM EST - 8:00 PM EST
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Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Using their virtual soapbox, our speakers will share cutting edge research with the general public and engage curious minds of all ages. This isn’t your average science talk - we’ve swapped powerpoints for fun props and panels for direct access to leading scientists. 

We’re bringing science out of the lab and into the virtual streets for two exciting nights! Find out how researchers study a baby’s pain, what a massive star combusting means for you or how machines can learn deeply! Our Speakers will answer your questions and chat on-on-one with the audience. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 & Thursday Nov. 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The virtual doors open at 6:00 pm. Participants can attend one or both nights!

This year our event will also celebrate the International LGBTQ2+ STEM Day (Nov. 18)! We are featuring two fabulous women in STEM who identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ community. For more information on this initiative please visit, external link, opens in new window.

Speaker Schedule - November 18th

6:30-6:45 pm

Opening - Main Stage

Session 1
Session 2
6:50-7:15 pm

Dr. Tammy Eger, Laurentian University

Despite what the Beach Boys say, not all vibrations are good!

#LGBTQinSTEM Speaker

Dr. Leanne De Souza-Kenny, University of Toronto

The Blind Side: How to cover what we can't see coming in the prevention of metabolic disease

7:20 - 7:45 pm

Shaina Raza, Ryerson University

Diversity-aware design for news media; Beyond the opaque algorithms

Dr. Jayne Danska, SickKids

Origins of autoimmune disease: genes, sex and microbes

#LGBTQinSTEM Speaker

Speaker Schedule - November 19th

6:30-6:45 pm

Opening - Main Stage

Session 1
Session 2
6:50-7:15 pm

Adaeze Ibik, University of Toronto

The Exploding Universe: Our Origin

Dr. Leena Thorat, York University

The Secret Life of Insects: Survival without water under the current scenario of global warming

7:20 - 7:45 pm

Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, York University

The Mystery of Pain: How Do You Know Another's Pain?

Dr. Brittany Burns Dennis, McMaster University

The Opioid Crisis: Where Science Falls Short

Meet the Speakers