e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist

Connecting our Biomedical researchers with secondary schools nationwide.

From the lab to the classroom ... e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist is an annual event during National Science Week giving secondary school students the opportunity to connect with our Biomedical researchers – an opportunity to learn about ‘all things biomedical sciences.’

How does e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist work?

We are all experts at Zoom now and it makes the opportunity accessible to all! Through a 20-30 minute Zoom, e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist allows students to learn first-hand what life is like inside Melbourne’s world-class laboratories here at the School of Biomedical Sciences. In conversation with our experts, they will learn about what inspires our biomedical researchers, how their work is changing – and saving – lives, and what pathways they took to pursue their successful careers.

The School of Biomedical Sciences ‘matchmake’ our researchers with participating secondary schools introducing them to each-other. Our Biomedical researcher and teacher then liaise directly to organise a specific date and time for their session – a time that is best suited to both their schedules. This event is run during National Science Week in August.

Why participate?

As the largest School of Biomedical Sciences in Australia, we are at the forefront of teaching and research excellence, with the ultimate aim of advancing human health.

In recent years, particularly with the COVID-19 global pandemic, the field of Biomedical Sciences has been thrust into the spotlight. There has been an unprecedented expansion of knowledge, technology and, importantly, collaboration. Biomedical Scientists are at the heart of multi-disciplinary healthcare teams and their research drives the discovery of new medications vaccines, treatments and cures for life threatening diseases.

We enjoy this opportunity for our experts to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, and for schools to inspire and engage their students in a new way about Biomedicine.

Read more about why you’re living in the greatest era of scientific discovery here!

Hear from some of the 2022 matches ...


Ashleigh Hayes

Research Assistant
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

“I chose to take part in the program as I would have loved to have this opportunity when I was at school and wanted to provide this opportunity to current high school students. I thought it would be a great way to showcase biomedical science to budding young scientists looking at a possible career in biomedical science,” Ashleigh said. “I loved how excited the teachers and students were to be provided with the opportunity to speak to a Biomedical Scientist.”


Genazzano FJC College

Susan Whelan
Science Curriculum Leader

“Ashleigh’s work was amazingly well aligned with the Unit 3 and 4 Biology course. As teachers we find it so valuable to be able to use real life examples when we discuss concepts with students, and it allows us to perhaps question and clarify the research realities involved.”

Susan found Ashleigh’s presentation so valuable that she’s asked her to return to speak at the Biology Teacher’s Network VIC to share her insights.

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Rachel Ye
Masters Student
Department of Anatomy & Physiology

“I always hoped that I had gotten more information about what I will be doing in the future in my own high school years. It was great seeing the enthusiasm in the students, and knowing that what I did might help them with making decisions about their future is exciting!”

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Aquinas College
Lynda Schultz
Science Learning Area Leader

“It was great to get an insight into work within the lab. We felt that the session was very well placed in terms of students considering pathways for the years ahead and of course, a wonderful way to acknowledge the significance of Science with National Science Week underway.”

Carolien van der Sandt
Dr Carolien van der Sandt
Research Fellow
Department of Anatomy & Physiology

“The students had excellent questions about my career path, my research and immunology in general.”

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Sacred Heart Girls’College
Athena Bombas
Science Learning Leader

“It was a great opportunity! Carolien was so willing to share her experiences and her research. The students loved that they could ask a science question, and it could be answered.”

Explore past years of e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist

  • e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist 2022

    In 2022, we reinvigorated e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist for a fourth year, and successfully matched 27 secondary schools from across Australia with our leading SBS biomedical scientists – in addition the program was communicated to Schools across Australia via National Science Week, UOM STEM news and via our ongoing association with GTAC.

    Over 35 sessions took place during National Science Week (15 to 19 August 2022), where students in Years 9 to 12 had the opportunity to ask our experts about all things biomedical sciences. From career journeys, to tertiary studies, to scientific details about how the heart forms, the program facilitated an environment where students felt comfortable to ask questions, and researchers were able to share what they are passionate about.

    Read the recap from e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist 2022 here.

    Meet the Biomedical Scientists who were involved in 2022 here.

  • e-Meet a Biomedical Scientist 2020

    Meet the Biomedical Scientists who were involved in 2020 here.

  • Skype a Biomedical Scientist 2019

    Meet the Biomedical Scientists who were involved in 2019 here.

If you would like to register your interest, click below. Official registrations will open in the months prior to National Science Week.

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