Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Soapbox Science!

22 June 2015

On 20th June Dr Lorna Dougan joined 11 other scientists to take part in ‘Soapbox Science’ in Belfast. Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. These events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; following the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by leading scientists.

At the event, which attracted ~2000 people, Lorna presented her research on ‘Using physics to explore life in extreme environments’. This included an introduction to the world of extremophiles, single molecule force spectroscopy and demonstrations of polymer collapse and protein folding. To find out more about Soapbox Science please visit:

Dr Lorna Dougan would like to thank the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who sponsored her attendance at Soapbox Science, as well as the European Research Council (ERC) who fund her research on ‘Extreme Biophysics’