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Female scientists get on their soapbox in Cardiff to showcase science



University scientists are stepping on to a soapbox in Cardiff City centre to enthuse the passing public about their research.

The streets of Cardiff will be transformed into a public arena this Saturday, 4 June, as Cardiff School of Health Sciences lecturer Dr Rachel Adams, joins a group of female scientists and steps on to a soapbox to tell passers-by about the fascinating research she is involved in.

From 1-4pm outside the St David's 2 Shopping Centre (Hills Street), members of the public will be able to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of the leading scientists in Wales.

Soapbox Science, which travels around the UK, showcases role models of successful women in science at all stages of their careers and from various backgrounds. The scientists are given an upturned crate in a busy urban street and told to get their message across to passers-by.

Rachel studies the way in which blood flows around the body and investigates the effect of changes in cellular biochemistry on the physical properties of blood and blood cells.  She investigates how this changes the flow of blood in diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Ahead of the event, Dr Adams said: "I'm really excited to be part Soapbox Science this year. I'm looking forward to the challenge of talking about my research and making it accessible and engaging to anyone who wants to listen, as well as the added challenge of having to draw people in.

"It's really important that we use this event to encourage females to start thinking about science. I had fabulous female mentors from an early stage in my career, and their advice and support was invaluable. Having an independent mentor help gives perspective on where you are now, and where you want to be in the future."

A total of 16 scientists from Cardiff Metropolitan , Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth University will take part in the event.

For further information visit: Soapbox Science http://soapboxscience.org/