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Dr Alan Wong BSc (Imperial College London), EngD (University of Southampton), MBCS, MIC, FHEA, FRSA MIC, FHE

Research Scientist and Principal Public Engagement Associate

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I genuinely seek to make the world a better place, especially for the people in Southampton and the surrounding areas, through inspiring as well as engaging our local communities (and councils) to work with the two universities and other arts, science and community champions (such as WeMakeSouthampton and the Southampton Collective), to foster more vibrant and people-oriented city neighbourhoods, that promote healthy and sustainable living. The universities, especially Southampton (given its diverse cultural offerings, as well as major student population), have a big part to play in this, and it is important that we create genuine impact together, and collectively with our communities, through our work, as well as in our social interactions.


2012-present: University of Southampton, as the Lead Researcher for Southampton Sustainable City, the EU Metamorphosis (Horizon 2020) project and the monitoring and evaluation of the Solent Future Transport Zone programme. Major supporter (and a big fan!) of the University’s Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) and the wider PE Network.

Also Final-year Projects Supervisor for undergraduate students in e-commerce, telecoms and internet engineering for BUPT/QMUL Joint Programme in Beijing, China, 2016 to present.

Previously, held various roles in the information technology/data science industry and for central government, including Global Head of Project Management, and the Information Services Director for a FTSE100 company.

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Public engagement with research highlights include:

  • TEDx Southampton co-organiser, 2015-2018 and for TEDx Southampton University 2022.
  • Part of the Coordinating Team for the annual Southampton Science and Engineering Festival.
  • Activity Host and sub-organiser for the University’s ‘Bringing Research to Life’ Roadshow.
  • Activity Host for the Human Worlds Festival, Southampton.
  • Cultural Events Organiser for Let’s Ride Southampton 2018 and 2019.
  • Organiser of the inaugural Southampton Lantern Festival 2019.
  • Speaker and sub-organiser for the University’s Researchers’ Cafés, 2014-2019.
  • Organiser for Creative Reactions, Integrating Art into Science and Public Health at the Pint of Science Festival Southampton 2019.
  • Activity Host for the Roadshow at Cheltenham Science Festival, 2015-2016, Bristol Festival of Nature 2017, Bitterne Riverside Festival 2017, South Downs Green Fair 2018 and National Clean Air Days in Southampton 2017-2018.
  • Champion for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition in Engineering, 2013-2018.
  • Venue organiser for Bright Club Southampton, 2014-2017.
  • Activity Host for the Roadshow at BBC’s Countryfile at Blenheim Palace, 2015.
  • Science ‘busking’ on the Wightlink ferries between Portsmouth and Isle of Wight, 2013.
  • Activity Host for Art and the Internet of Cars Symposium at Bridport Arts Centre and the Winchester Science Centre.
  • Contributor to the BBC’s One Show on reducing carbon emissions from road transport.
  • Science performing ‘artist’ at the 2013-2015 Bestival and 2016 Glastonbury music festivals.
  • Member of the University Arts Strategy Board, 2017-2019.
  • Speaker (including keynote speaker) at various art and science cross-over events, including SAHW into STEAM for the Arts Award Leadership Network, the Leonardo 500 Festival and for British Art Show 8.

Impact highlights include:

  • University’s Best Science Communicator Award for public engagement 2014.
  • Champion and supporter for ‘Dangerous Ideas’ in Southampton, 2014-2018.
  • Adviser for the Connecting Culture Project, to see how Southampton’s thriving Cultural Quarter can enrich the lives of children and young people as a creative hub.
  • Adviser to Southampton City Council for gaining UNICEF Accreditation as a Child-friendly City.
  • Active contributor to Southampton’s City of Culture bid 2025.


Founder of the University’s Future Cities Hub in 2018, to improve the quality of life for people in Southampton, by connecting people and communities through sustainable and active travel (instead of the focus on cars), and their engagement with the City (and the two Universities) through science, art, music and culture.

Promoter of events for International Women’s Week and for Women in Science and Engineering.

Contributor to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Faraday Series of Educational Videos, including Intelligent Transport Systems, Improving Road Safety, and Futures in Transport.

Dr Alan Wong
Public Engagement with Research Unit
Building 23, Rooms 1055/1057
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number NNN: 176/4003

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