ATOM is managed by a team of volunteers drawn from the science, education and business community in and around Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Mark Thornton is one of the founders of Mostly Books independent bookshop, on Stert Street in Abingdon. Originally a computer scientist, Mark’s journey to bookselling was via a PhD in passive solar building design, a web design company and trips to Borneo and Congo to track timber out of forests. As a result of a shared passion for books and storytelling with his wife, they founded Mostly Books and ran it for over ten years before moving on to work in consultancy. Mostly Books continues to be closely associated with ATOM Festival under its new owners and offers science and technology titles at many ATOM events.
Dr. Jennifer Turner
Jen is the founder of Bright Sparks Science, a Community Interest Company based in Abingdon, with an objective to make science fun, inspiring, and accessible to all. After completing a PhD in Biomedical Science, she discovered her passion for science outreach and is determined to inspire the next generation of scientists to get hands-on, through school workshops and festivals like ATOM. Jen has been involved with ATOM since 2017 and along with Megan and Jeremy she organises the Family Science Fair.
Jeremy Thomas is Co-ordinator of the Abingdon Science Partnership and a Physics teacher at Abingdon School with over twenty years experience in science education in various types of schools. He has a keen interest in promoting STEM subjects to young people as well as having been involved in organising events such as Portsmouth's Star City Festival and BBC South's local Stargazing Live activities.
Megan Milarski works as the Graduate Assistant for the Abingdon Science Partnership, alongside Jeremy Thpmas. Having completed a degreee in Biomedical Sciences and worked in science publishing, Megan is now having a brilliant time pursuing her interest in widening participation in science and education. She joined the ATOM Festival committee in 2018 and heps to organise the ATOM Student Ambassador team and various school events for the festival.
Iain Littlejohn is one of the founder members of the ATOM Festival of Science & Technology in 2014. He has run his own management consultancy business for the last ten years. Alongside this, Iain is engaged with various community activities. He is currently Chair of Governors at Larkmead School and a Director of the Oxfordshire Science Festival and HESA (Higher Educational Statistical Agency). He has lived in Abingdon for 20 years and is married with three children.
Kasia Lewis is Director of Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC) - a charity that organises Scientists in Schools - educational events aimed at enthusing more young people about science and encouraging them to choose further education in science subjects. Kasia has been a member of ATOM committee since 2014.
ATOM Festival Co-Ordinator
Heather Brown was Partnership Manager during the period when the ATOM Festival was first conceived and developed by the Choose Abingdon Partnership, subsequently working as Community Services Officer in Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council. In 2016 she established Mushroom Communications as a locally-rooted marketing and business services agency specialising in helping community projects, and is now associated with the ATOM Festival once again, providing co-ordination, administration and marketing services.