Twelve women scientists will speak at Soapbox Science Dublin 2022

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Taking place on South King Street in Dublin from 11am to 2pm

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Following the success of virtual events in 2020 and 2021, Soapbox Science Dublin is back in Dublin city centre. On June 18, 12 female scientists are set to speak about their research in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) at Soapbox Science Dublin 2022. The speakers will address the public from their soapboxes.

Soapbox Science Dublin 2022 is taking place on South King Street in Dublin and will involve speakers from University College Dublin (UCD), University of Technology Dublin, Maynooth University and City University Dublin.

Founded in 2011, Soapbox Science is a global public outreach platform for the promotion of women and non-binary scientists and the science they do.

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“The vision of Women in Technology & Science Ireland (WITS) is to advocate, connect and take action for women in STEM,” said Dr Andrea Johnson, Chair of Women in Technology & Science (WITS) Ireland. “Soapbox Science creates an incredible opportunity to bring science into the public domain. It gives everyone the opportunity to learn about the amazing experiments and discoveries that are being made every day. WITS is delighted to sponsor this event which helps to stimulate the imagination of future generations of female scientists in this innovative and creative way.

One of the speakers at Soapbox Science Dublin 2022 is Dr Veronica Sofianos, Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow) at the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, who will deliver a talk titled “Size Doesn’t Always Matter “. How nanoparticles fight climate change! “.

Dr Sofianos said: “Soapbox Science 2022 is a great opportunity for me to share my journey on how I became an Assistant Professor at UCD in Chemical Engineering. All you need is passion and the rest will fall into place. My passion is researching how I can use water to produce clean, cheap fuels to help lighten our pockets and fight climate change.

Another of the Soapbox Science Dublin 2022 speakers is Eleni Zavrakli, PhD student in Machine Learning and Control Theory at Maynooth University, who will deliver a talk titled “A Journey from Mathematics to 3D Printing”.

Zavrakli said, “Mathematics has always fascinated me, it’s somehow beautifully abstract and incredibly specific at the same time. And while studying mathematics at a theoretical level is very interesting, its myriad applications to real-life problems can be even more intriguing.

“At Soapbox Science Dublin 2022, I will be talking about my work using mathematical methods and smart algorithms to improve the performance of 3D printers. My algorithms will allow machines to learn in a way similar to how humans learn, based on past experience, getting a reward for every right decision.

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