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Alex M. Bonnici, B.A.

Alex Michael Bonnici is the European Union Liaison of the Atlantica Expeditions and was born in New York City and currently resides on the beautiful sunny island of Malta in the central Mediterranean. Since early childhood he has been fascinated in Astronomy, space travel, and undersea exploration. Alex has been an avid science fiction fan all his life. He obtained his bachelors degree in physics and education in 1995 from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). His teaching career began at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics (MCSM) in New York City where he taught physics, astronomy, and earth science.

While at MCSM, he was responsible for developing an elective Astronomy course. He was also involved in the development of an exciting interdisciplinary course entitled Planet Earth in association with the American Museum of Natural History and the New York City Board of Education. 

While living in New York Alex was very active in the local chapters of the National Space Society (NSS) and the Mars Society. In 1996 he gave a presentation and workshop with Robin Vernuccio entitled “Contact” at the Space Education Workshops held during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) held in New York City. This presentation explored the possibility of using a “First Contact” scenario between humans and extraterrestrials to enliven science classes at the middle and high school levels. The workshop explored the use of the first contact scenario as an instructional tool to develop a multidisciplinary curriculum to emphasize the integration of the physical, natural, and social sciences for Middle and High School students. This workshop was based on the Cultures of the Imagination (CONTI) program designed by Jim Funaro at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, back in 1979. 

Ever since he settled in Malta in 1999 he has given numerous public lectures on such diverse topics as the Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations, the history of space exploration, and the future settlement and colonization of space. He currently teaches Physics at Saint Edwards College, a Boys' College modeled on the lines of an English public school.