The 5th Soapbox Science in Nigeria, 2023

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Soapbox Science public engagement event is a great time for female scientists and professionals in the STEMM discipline to showcase their research in the simplest possible way. Women come out publicly to enlighten, inform and relate in exciting ways with people on their works. Soapbox Science started in the United Kingdom over ten years ago and it has spread to various countries of the world.

 

Dr. Esther O. Makinde, who is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Lagos had the privilege of being a Soapbox Science Speaker in 2018 at the University of York, York, United Kingdom while on her Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Afterwards, she pioneered the same event (Local Organizer) in Nigeria. This event was held for the FIRST TIME in Lagos, on the 22nd of August, 2019 at the UBA Park, University of Lagos. And since then, it has been held yearly.

 

Seasoned female scholars as well as rising female scholars in the STEMM discipline have had the privilege of being a soapbox science speaker in Nigeria. They have been selected from a competitive pool of researchers from the following Universities: University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ibadan, University of Benin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Lagos state University, Akwa Ibom State University, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Elizade University, Bowen University, Baze University and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.

 

This year, on the 24th of August, seven female scholars were speakers and they had the privilege of sharing their research to the audience. They are: Dr. Francisca O. Nwaokorie, Dr. Adeola A. Bada, Dr. Joy Odimegwu, Dr. Comfort O. Folorunso, Dr. Patricia Ogbo, Dr. Omotola E. Dada, and Dr. Chartlotte Ndiribe; while Mrs. Esther Akinyemi anchored the event this year.

 

Going forward, the Soapbox Science Team in Nigeria, is looking at the possibility of having both the virtual and physical events on two consecutive days in 2024. Individuals and corporate organizations who are willing to sponsor this event, as well as showcase their products during this event are highly welcome. It is our vision that more female scholars and professionals from across the Country, showcase their research/works in the simplest way publicly and get the recognition they deserve.

 

The convener, Dr. Esther O. Makinde sincerely appreciate the Soapbox Science Team for their support and for buying into this vision in Nigeria, as well as several Professors and Drs. Deep appreciation geos to the sponsors of this event and family for supporting women in STEMM wholeheartedly and today, we are counting five years and still counting by GOD’S GRACE. Finally, thank you to everyone who joined in to listen to the amazing Soapbox Science Speakers this year. The next Soapbox Science public engagement in Nigeria will take place on the 22nd of August 2024.

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