Astrid Alben is a poet and translator who studied English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. Alben is the artistic director of PARS and a FRSA, Rijksakademie Fellow, and Wellcome Trust Fellow.

PARS is an arts and sciences organisation led by art historian Hester Aardse and poet Astrid Alben. It invites artists and scientists to share their most revealing, beautiful, funny, and mind-boggling research around particular topics. Additionally the organisation curates events that are a mixture of performing art and scientific experiments.