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Sorcha's soapbox for science

Research postgraduate Sorcha Gilroy will speak at Edinburgh’s first Soapbox Science event.

Sorcha Gilroy

Sorcha is one of 12 women chosen from the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Dundee and St Andrews to “bring science to the people,” 12-3pm, Sunday 24 July 2016, in the Galleries precinct on The Mound.

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Their events transform public areas into places for scientific learning and debate, following the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner.

Sorcha’s topic will be:  “How do we teach computers to understand and translate languages?”

Sorcha says:

“I decided to take part because I believe that science can be for anyone. I see Soapbox Science as a way of sharing small bits of scientific knowledge with people carrying out their daily activities. The location of it means that people can stumble upon it and not have to sign up.

“I also think it's massively important to show the public how many female scientists we have, and particularly to show girls considering science degrees that there are others who have gone before them.”

Sorcha is a member of our Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science.

It's massively important to show the public how many female scientists we have, and particularly to show girls considering science degrees that there are others who have gone before them.”

Sorcha Gilroy

Useful links

Soapbox Science

Edinburgh’s Soapbox Science event

Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science

University Soapbox Scientists