About us

Beaker Street is

not-for-profit Tasmanian a celebration of art and science a place for meaningful connections

Who We Are:
Beaker Street is a not-for-profit cultural organisation in lutruwita/Tasmania, with a core goal of making science accessible to all, and exploring the intersection of science and art. As well as our annual flagship Beaker Street Festival, we host engaging and interactive events, workshops, talks, discussions, and installations — facilitating collaborations and connections among scientists, artists, and the public. Our programming seeks to bring in diverse adult audiences, inviting those who don’t typically engage with the sciences — and those who do — to come together for shared cultural experiences, meaningful discussions, and opportunities to discover and create. 

What We Value:
We value community, collaboration, creativity, and curiosity. 

As members of Tasmania’s community, we aim to celebrate and protect the fragile beauty of this place and its natural assets. We are committed to supporting Tasmanian creatives — scientists, artists, makers, and producers — and contributing to shaping a vibrant and sustainable future for all who live and visit here. We aim to showcase the depth of knowledge and scientific, creative, and artistic contributions of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. 

We value working collaboratively with other organisations and events, sharing resources and expertise, promoting efficiency and boosting each other along the way. We also see huge potential in facilitating collaborations among scientists and artists who, as creators and experimenters, often have more in common than they might think. 

We support creativity in our organisation and in our programming. We value experimentation and innovation over perfection. We celebrate idiosyncrasy and encourage those we work with to take creative risks. 

We aim to promote curiosity, both as a way of bringing people together, as well as inviting them into scientific discovery — particularly those who may have had limited opportunity to do so previously. Through enabling meaningful interactions between scientists, artists, and the public, we hope to encourage people to experiment, ask questions, discover new ideas, and challenge their assumptions.

Our Team

Bio

Originally from New York City, Margo founded Beaker Street in Hobart in 2016. She holds a PhD in evolutionary biology from UNSW.

Dr Margo Adler

Founding Director

Bio

Rosie is a leading arts and event producer, with extensive experience coordinating festivals around Australia and internationally.

Rosie Pidd

Assistant Director

Bio

Georgia is a content writer and creative producer with professional experience in screen and sound media, communications, arts, and events.

Georgia Imfeld

Festival Administrator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr Varuni Kulasekera

Chairperson – Evolutionary Biologist & Science Communicator

Adam Morton

Environment Editor at Guardian Australia

Belinda Kelly

Executive Producer and CEO at Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Professor Anya Reading

Geophysicist at University of Tasmania

Tom Carr

Senior Legal Services Officer at the Environmental Protection Authority Tasmania

Michael Bugelli

Gallery Director at Michael Bugelli Gallery & Curator at Detached Cultural Organisation

Professor Maggie Walter

Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner and inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor – Aboriginal Research and Leadership at UTAS

Jen Murnaghan

Owner & Marketing/Creative Communications Consultant at Digital Dandy