Yesterday I participated in the SoapBox Science NL event in St. John’s 🙂
(To learn about SoapBox Science program and SoapBox Science NL event held in Newfoundland and Labrador, please see this previous post.)
It was so much fun! This was my second time participating in this program.
The organizers have done an excellent job promoting and organizing this event. We have had dedicated volunteers from MUN who have helped. So many young people have made a difference in public – scientist interactions.
This requires a lot of appreciation 🙂
All speakers – and I think we had 8 speakers – from MUN. Many of them graduate students – way to go folks!
I enjoyed talking to kids, parents, and adults about why we were doing this and increasing awareness about cancer. It was great. It is worth everything.
Did you know that in most of the cases, there is limited funding for this kind of public outreach activities and it mostly falls on the organizers and volunteers’ shoulders?
It breaks my heart to see that financial weight placed on young individuals, like those who have organized this event.
I wish there were more support. One more good cause to advocate for. I would like to think the leaders / funders would like to know this.
Thank you Sarah Sauve and Yellow Martin, two trainees from Memorial University, organizing this successful event and all the volunteers, speakers, and public participants exchanging knowledge during the event.
For tweeter feed of the SoapBox Science NL event, see https://twitter.com/SoapboxSciNL
For further info, speakers, and event pictures: see here: https://sites.google.com/view/soapboxsciencestjohns2022/home
It was fun.
It was important.
I would do it again.
Until next time, please stay safe and well.
Sevtap Savas, PhD. September 4, 2022, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador