Soapbox Science on the streets of Manchester

PhD student Chloë Oakland taught the public about innovative disease detection methods in novel outreach programme

Chloë Oakland demonstrates how luminescent nanoparticles can adhere to diseased tissues.

Chloë Oakland, a PhD student working with Dr Louise Natrajan in The School of Chemistry, took to the streets of Manchester to promote women in science as part of the Soapbox Science Festival. Over 5,000 people attended the event on the 23rd July to hear 12 female scientists talk about their research and listen to Chloë’s work on improving disease detection using luminescent nanoparticles. Soapbox Science is a novel outreach platform that gives the public the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists in unexpected places, and to increase the visibility of women in science.  More than 50,000 people have attended Soapbox Science events since it began in 2011 and this year saw the first international event in Brisbane. Find out more here:

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