Dr Alexandra Thomson
Dr Alexandra ThomsonFaculty Research Engagement Manager
Faculty of Science, UTS
Dr Alexandra Thomson is the Faculty Research Engagement Manager for the Faculty of Science, at the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS). With a PhD in marine ecology and a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), both from UTS, she has produced research papers on marine ecology and the carbon capturing potential of coastal systems. She facilitates connections between researchers and industry to create new opportunities for science and innovation.
Deeply passionate about science education, Alex has taught in over 15 undergraduate subjects and co-authored several papers focusing on tertiary science education. She engages with local and regional schools to share her passion for science and biotechnology, and has led creative science engagement projects such as the “Living Lights” algae-filled installation for Vivid Sydney (2018) and Splendour in the Grass (2019) festivals. She was formally the manager of the Deep Green Biotech Hub, one of the few algae-based hubs in Australia. She spearheaded the world’s first dedicated algae accelerator program - joining biotechnology and entrepreneurship - creating opportunities for STEM-preneurs across NSW to accelerate algae innovation and engage with science.
Alex is a member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the World Seagrass Association, a mentor for undergraduate science students, and an advocate for developing the career paths of young scientists. She is a TedX speaker, science communicator, MC, and has received a number of awards for conference presentations, teaching, and public engagement programs.