Alanta has a Masters in International Public Health and has worked on health programs in Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia and East Timor, around HIV, Malaria, and nutrition.
She now works for Engineers Without Borders, taking engineering students to India, Samoa and Cambodia to learn in partnership with rural communities about Human Centred Design.
She is also a comedian, delivering her sell out show ‘Parasites Lost’ and ‘Days of our Hives’ at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She hates puns and the entire thing was excruciating.
She’s a mediocre urban farmer, growing mainly organic kale-fed caterpillars. She keeps bees, though admittedly they mainly keep themselves.
“Existing at a point where science meets storytelling, Laborastory is a night of five scientists telling stories about personal heroes from their field.
Sometimes serious but often funny, this different take on storytelling will switch on your scientific brain and you might even learn something!"
”The Laborastory is great for two main reasons. Firstly, there's nothing quite like listening to someone talk about something they deeply understand - and who understands science better than scientists? Secondly, most of history's greatest scientists were batshit insane, so the stories about them are always top-notch."
”So much fun! It should be required post-grad/doc/prof experience!"
— Dr Colin Hales
“As for the storytelling itself, for the most part it was roll-on-the-floor funny. These guys and gals were naturals. Or, perhaps, they have inhaled, imbibed or injected so many weird chemicals that they are actually cracked. Either way, it was a great night."
— Bait for Bookworms