Since 2020, CRC has supported Soapbox Science in Berlin.
Soapbox Science was founded in 2011 in London by scientists Nathalie Pettorelli and Seirian Sumner, inspired by Speakers‘ Corner in London‘s Hyde Park. There, during victorian times, men and women spoke up about civil rights, o‑en by standing on a wooden crate originally used for the shipment of soap. Speakers‘ Corner was thus born out of struggle for civil liberties and was significant milestone in the development of British democratic institutions.
Soapbox Science mimics that tradition by inviting female* scientists to stand on a soapbox and present their work to the public. Speakers don‘t talk about being women* in STEM, they talk about their research; but by being visible, accessible and engaging, they have the opportunity to become role models.
The 2023 event took place on June 24th at Potsdamer Platz.