Astrid Alben (neé van Baalen) is a poet and editor. Together with Hester Aardse, she founded the arts and science initiative PARS at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten from 2006-2008. PARS invites artists and scientists to share their most beautiful and mind-boggling thoughts and research around particular topics. These got published in the "Findings on.." publication series and were shared at events that are a mixture of art, theatre and scientific experiments. Astrid Alben's publications include Ai! Ai! Pianissimo (2011), Plainspeak (2019), Klein dood konijn (2021), Dead Little Rabbit (forthcoming 2022) and the Atlas of Creative Thinking (Findings on Ice, Findings on Elasticity, Findings on Light).