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Soapbox Science 2021

Date
May 31, 2021 - June 01, 2021
Time
2:00 PM EDT - 8:30 PM EDT
Location
online via Hopin
Open To
Public
Contact
SciXchange@ryerson.ca

Each year we bring together phenomenal female researchers from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. They share the science research that they do every day with the public in the most delightful way! No powerpoints or lectures - they use fun props, imaginative analogies and mind blowing demonstrations of the work that goes on inside and outside of their labs.

Two Days of Talks!

You can meet our amazing speakers at one or both of our Soapbox Toronto events! Register for free on the event platform, Hopin, using the button above.

Our speakers are all inspirations in their fields! They'll share research on bugs, batteries and radiation. From designing technology to analyzing the fate of plastics in our environment - these scientists will push your knowledge and delight your senses with their research!

Monday's Speakers include:

  • Ms. Ghada Aldosary, Carleton University | Medical Physics (specialized in radiation therapy)
  • Parvin (Parri) Adeli, Nickel Institute | Chemical Engineering
  • Sarah Anne Habibi, Ontario Tech University | Parasitology and Pharmacology
  • Dr. Roxana Suehring, Ryerson University | Environmental Chemistry
  • Lorena Lopez Dominguez, University of Toronto | Nutritional Sciences
  • Alexandra Malinowski, University of Toronto | Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Mental Health
  • Jessie MacAlpine, University of Toronto | Microbiology, Molecular Genetics
  • Farwa Sajadi, York University | Animal Physiology, Endocrinology, Neuropeptides
  • Laura Keane, York University | Industrial and Applied Mathematics
     

High School teachers are welcome to register their class(es) for our virtual Soapbox Science event! Students will be introduced to 9 amazing female researchers and have the chance to listen to one in-depth talk from 2:00 - 3:00 pm (with the option to stay for 2 additional talks until 4:00 pm).

Schedule:

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Introduction of our 9 speakers and an overview of their research. See all researchers on the May 31 schedule, above.

2:30 - 3:00 pm - Attend one of three talks which includes 10 minute talk and 15 minutes of questions and conversation. Choose from 3 concurrent speakers:

  • Ghada Aldosary, PhD Candidate at Carleton University | Medical Physics, radiation therapy, healthcare technology, cancer
  • Dr. Sarah Anne Habibi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ontario Tech University | Parasites, drug resistance, pharmacology
  • Dr. Roxana Suehring, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University | Plastics and microplastics, environmental contaminants, chemistry

The event continues until 4:00 pm with 2 additional talk time slots (30 minutes each). Students and teachers are welcome to stay until the end, however we understand that school timing may restrict participation until the end of the event.

If you have questions or require help registering for the event please contact SciXchange(at)Ryerson.ca

Worksheet Available

Looking to engage your students on a deeper level? Have them attend one of the above talks on May 31st, and compare that speaker with one of our speakers from the 2020 event. We've identified three distinct topics that students can explore.

Download the Google Document here, external link, opens in new window.

Topic 2021 Speaker 2020 Speaker
Health

Dr. Sarah Anne Habibi
The blood sucking world of parasites!

Talk: May 31, 2:30 pm

Dr. Leanne De Souza-Kenney
The blind side: How to cover what we can’t see coming in the prevention of metabolic disease


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Nature

Dr. Roxana Suehring
Forensic files: Plastic suspects

Talk: May 31, 2:30 pm

Dr. Leena Thorat
The Secret Life of Insects


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Technology

Ghada Aldosary
I’m a medical physicist and radiation is my superpower!

Talk: May 31, 2:30 pm

Dr. Tammy Eger
Despite what the beach boys say, not all vibrations are good!


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Tuesday Speakers include:

  • Dr. Roxana Suehring, Ryerson University | Environmental Chemistry
  • Simone Renwick, University of Guelph | Microbiology
  • Lorena Lopez Dominguez, University of Toronto | Nutritional Sciences
  • Alexandra Malinowski, University of Toronto | Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Mental Health
  • Jessie MacAlpine, University of Toronto | Microbiology, Molecular Genetics
  • Wai Ying Lam, University of Toronto Scarborough | Contaminant Hydrology
  • Laura Keane, York University | Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Soapbox Science Toronto 2021 Speakers

Wai Ying Lam
Wai Ying Lam

Talk Title: Invisible Impurity: Mercury hiding in Canadian forests

PhD student

University of Toronto Scarborough

Parvin (Parri) Adeli
Parvin (Parri) Adeli

Talk Title: How batteries help tackle climate change

Technical Specialist - Batteries

Nickel Institute

Alexandra Malinowski
Alexandra Malinowski

Talk Title: How the ground you stand on affects your mental health

PhD Student  

University of Toronto

Farwa Sajadi
Farwa Sajadi

Talk Title: To pee or not to pee: A closer look into mosquitoes!

PhD Candidate

York University

Dr. Roxana Suehring
Dr. Roxana Suehring

Talk Title: Forensic files: Plastic suspects

Assistant Professor

Ryerson University

Lorena Lopez Dominguez
Lorena Lopez Dominguez

Talk Title: What do you mean we have bugs in our gut?

PhD researcher

University of Toronto

Sarah Anne Habibi
Sarah Anne Habibi

Talk Title: The blood sucking world of parasites!

Research Associate

Ontario Tech University

Jessie MacAlpine
Jessie MacAlpine

Talk Title: Bacteria will save us: New drugs to fight bad bugs

PhD Student

University of Toronto

Ms. Ghada Aldosary
Ms. Ghada Aldosary

Talk Title: I'm a medical physicist, and radiation is my superpower!

PhD Candidate in Medical Physics

Carleton University

Simone Renwick
Simone Renwick

Talk Title: How Mom's milk feeds a baby's bacteria

PhD Candidate

University of Guelph

Laura Keane
Laura Keane

Talk Title: What do the flu, batteries and groundwater all have in common?

PhD Student

York University