Find out about our latest seminars and symposiums such as

▹ SBS Consolidated Seminar Program - September 2017

▹ Alice Looking Through the Glass: Melbourne Fringe 2017

▹ ComBio Conference Adelaide 2017

▹ Georgina Sweet Awards Presentation

▹ Early-Mid Career Researchers Association (EMCRA) Symposium November 9th: Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Research

1st - 30th September

Please keep a look out for our monthly School Consolidated Department Seminar Program.

The September program is available on our website:

15th - 17th
21st - 24th
28th - 30th September

Alice Looking Through the Glass : Melbourne Fringe 2017

A short work performed live on a microscope

A new type of adventure for the curious and curiouser, University of Melbourne pathology lecturer Clare Hampson is performing her interpretation of the story of Alice in Wonderland live on a multi-header microscope, for an audience of two at a time.  Drop-in for this 5 minute show, running
from 6-10 PM, Sept 15-17, 21-24 and 28-30 at Arts House, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.  
Entry is free.

With a little help from her colleague, Laura Leone (SBS Histology Facility) who prepared the histological sections.

2nd - 5th October
This coming October, the annual ComBio conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (Oct 2–5). Within the exciting research program, a dedicated Education Symposium will consist of two streams, scheduled on Wednesday Oct 4. The first stream will feature current education research related to the theme of “Integrating skills into teaching to improve student job capability”; while the second stream session is titled “E-learning approaches to teaching”.

Dr Heather Verkade from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – the 2017 winner of the ASBMB Shimadzu Education Award – will present research on Active learning and Student misconceptions.  Ms Jo Russell (Department of Medical Education, formerly Department of Pathology) and Dr Amber Willems-Jones (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) will present and demonstrate the online adaptive e-learning modules recently developed from 2016 ‘Learning and Teaching Innovation’ grant funding on Scientific Communication and Inquiry-based Learning, respectively.

The Education Symposia at ComBio2017 will yet again provide high quality presentations showcasing educational approaches that are fostering excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology education, and student learning more broadly, at the University level.

-Symposia co-ordinators: Dr Maurizio Costabile (Uni of SA) and Dr Amber Willems-Jones (Uni of Melbourne)

23rd October Georgina Sweet Awards Presentation

Staff are invited to attend an event to celebrate the winners of the inaugural Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science on Monday 23 October from 2 - 6pm in the Auditorium, Ground Floor, Bio 21.  Speakers will include the three award winners and guest speaker Professor Anne Kelso AO, Chief Executive Officer of NHRMC.  Following an open discussion led by Professor Edwina Cornish AO, there will be an opportunity to network over drinks and nibbles.

RSVP: by 16/10/17

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9th November Early-Mid Career Researchers Association (EMCRA) Symposium November 9th: Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Research

It’s been another busy few months for EMCRA. We announced the call for applications for our inaugural ‘EMCRA Collaborative Award’ in April. Eight exemplary applications were received from postdocs in the School, and on June 30th we announced the four successful applications. Thanks to everyone who submitted an application for the Award!

EMCRA is also in the early stages of planning our first half-day research symposium, currently scheduled for the afternoon of November 9th. The symposium will be open to the whole School and will showcase the work of the winners of the EMCRA Collaborative Award, alongside other research presentations. More details to come soon- please save the date!

We still hold regular social events for the level A & B postdocs in the School. They’re a chance to catch-up with your peers and meet members of the EMCRA committee. To stay apprised of these events, and other local research activities/news, please follow our social media accounts: Facebook ( and Twitter (@sbsemcra)

If you have any queries (or suggestions) for the EMCRA committee, please contact us at

Susan Northfield, James Ryall & Nichollas Scott (co-chairs of the EMCRA steering committee) .