Soapbox Science Brussels 2022

On June 25, 2022, women researchers from across Belgium will take to the streets of Brussels to share their passion for their work with the public. From mechanobiology to sea stars, passing by futuristic materials, chemistry and health in space, each of them will bring their own flavour to the mix!

Details of the event

Date: Saturday, 25th of June 2022
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Place de la Bourse / Beursplein, Brussels

Speakers and programme

Selected from a competitive pool of no less than 40 researchers, our 12 speakers will be sharing their work in technology, science, medicine and engineering.

Picture representing the twelve Soapbox Science Brussels 2022 speakers

14:00 – 15:00

Dr. Maria De La Fuente Ruiz (Twitter, Instagram, Researchgate), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
English: ‘Climate change is not just CO2

Dr. Margot Michaud (Twitter), Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale (AfricaMuseum)
Français : « Dans la tête du loup du renard et de la belette : l’évolution du cerveau chez les mammifères carnivores » (‘Inside the heads of the wolf, the fox and the weasel: the brain evolution in carnivorous mammals’)

Sarah Ahannach (Twitter, LinkedIn), Universiteit Antwerpen (Uantwerp)
Nederlands: “Schrijf geschiedenis met je vagina” (‘Write history with your vaginal microbiome’)

Dr Buddhamas Pralle Kriengwatana (Twitter), KU Leuven
English: ‘Stressfully Transmitted Diseases: How stress in one individual affects others’

15:00 – 16:00

Silvana Miranda (Twitter), Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK-CEN
English: ‘Space but make it safe! —Our health in space: what happens?’

Amandine Deridoux (LinkedIn), Université de Mons (Umons)
Français : La marche des étoiles de mer (‘The sea star walk’)

Ir. Lise Vermeersch (LinkedIn), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Nederlands: “De materialen van de toekomst: van zelfhelende robots tot recycleerbare schoenen” (‘A new generation of materials: from self-healing robots to recyclable plastics’)

Vivian Gerretsen (LinkedIn), VIB Inflammation Research Center
Nederlands: “Lymfeklieren bij kanker: prime time! ” (‘Lymph nodes & cancer: prime time!’)

16:00 – 17:00

Pr Karine Van Doninck (Twitter), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
English: ‘Bdelloid rotifers: a fascinating microscopic world’ (“Bdelloïde rotiferen: een fascinerende microscopische wereld”/« Les rotifères bdelloïdes : un monde microscopique fascinant »)

Dr. Delphine Misao Lebrun (Instagram, LinkedIn, Personal website), Universiteit Gent (Ugent)
Français : « Pourquoi si petit ? Quand les chercheurs rétrécissent les choses. » (‘Why so small? When scientists shrink things’)

Dr. Annelies Van Dyck (Twitter), Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
Nederlands: “The right way to g(r)o(w): zebravissen voor zenuwherstel” (‘The right way to g(r)o(w): zebra fish for nerve restoration’)

Yohalie Kalukula (Twitter), Université de Mons (UMons)
Français : « Un sens cellulaire de l’espace : sur la route du cancer » (‘A cellular sense of space: on the road to cancer’)

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