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Dr Margo Adler

Margo Adler is the Founder and Executive Director of Beaker Street, a not-for-profit organisation in lutruwita/Tasmania that aims to connect the public with science and scientists. Margo completed her PhD in evolutionary biology at UNSW Sydney in 2013. Her research focused mainly on effects of diet on lifespan and ageing, and she continued to develop this work during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Margo has published her research in top evolution journals, and is the lead author of numerous well-cited papers. In 2016, Margo moved to Tasmania and founded Beaker Street, drawing on her passion for science communication and her diverse work experience as a writer and event organiser in her hometown of New York City. Margo has received numerous awards for her work to make science accessible to a public audience, including being named Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year in 2018 and winning the Crispin Rice Prize for Outreach and Communication in Evolution and Ecology during her PhD.

Since founding Beaker Street, Margo's focus is now solidly on connecting Australia's public with our vibrant STEM research and community. Beaker Street facilitates connections and collaborations amongst scientists, artists, and the public. The organisation's flagship event, Beaker Street Festival, has become a cornerstone of National Science Week and brings in a public audience of more than 5,000 people annually to connect with workers across STEM fields.