Bio21 Methods Symposium: Emerging Technologies for New Challenges - 24 October 2019

Thursday, 24 October, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:30

Learn about the latest methods and technologies being used to address today’s fundamental biological questions.

The theme of the 2019 symposium is Emerging Technologies for New Challenges and will feature presentations by keynote speakers and postdoctoral fellows highlighting a range of interdisciplinary methods. The symposium is open to all researchers including postdoctoral fellows, students and lab heads from universities and other research organisations.

Symposium details:

When: Thursday, 24th October 2019, 9:00am - 5:20pm followed by platform technology mixer. Registration opens at 8:30am.

Where: Bio21 Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, 30 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052.

Registration: $35 inc. GST (includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and networking drinks). Please follow the link for the Eventbrite Registration.


To support attendance by researchers with carer responsibilities on-site child-minding facilities will be provided. Please email your requirements to Catherine Palmer (catherine.palmer [at] by 31st August 2019.


The program features leading academic and platform technology speakers who will share their latest research and innovative approaches to fundamental biological problems. 

A key focus of the symposium is to promote the careers of early-career postdoctoral researchers. Postdoctoral scientists can submit an abstract for selection by the committee for either a 15-min oral presentation or 3-min flash talk with accompanying poster. Abstracts should be 250 words or less, excluding title, authors and affiliations. All selected abstracts will be eligible for presentation prizes to be awarded during the closing networking event.

The symposium will conclude with the Platform Technologies Mixer where researchers can network with other scientists and obtain information on the capabilities of a variety of core facilities from across Melbourne. The following facilities will be in attendance to give advice as to how they may help with your research: Bio21 Advanced Microscopy Facility, Bio21 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility, Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG), Melbourne Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Platform (MMMPP), WEHI Antibody Facility, WEHI National Drug Discovery Centre, WEHI Single Cell Open Research Endeavour (SCORE), Metabolomics Australia (MA), University of Melbourne core facilities – Biological and Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP), Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform, Melbourne TrACEES Platform, Biosciences Electron Microscopy Unit.



Registration is $35 inc. GST and covers admission to all sessions, tea breaks, lunch and networking drinks.

elected talks

2019 Organising Committee Members:

Bio21 - Katrina Binger, Michelle Christie, Catherine Palmer, Boris Reljic, Joanna Sarcharz, Ashish Sethi; Baker Institute - Kevin Huynh; CSL - Kerstin Emmrich; The Florey Institute - Martina Kocan; WEHI - Richard Birkinshaw, Nima Etemade; Monash University - Luke Formosa, Stephen Rawlinson; La Trobe University - Laura Osellame; Metabolomics Australia - Brunda Nijagal; MIPS - David Thal; Peter MacCallulm Cancer Institute (VCCC) - Lorey Smith; St. Vincent’s Institute - Christopher Langendorf; UoM - Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta, Dhana Gorasia, Jacqueline Heath, Yee Foong Mok, Marc Antoine Sani, Ajith Vasanthakumar.           

With thanks to our sponsors: Bio21 Institute, CSL, The University of Melbourne Research Infrastructure Division, Melbourne Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Platform (MMMPP), WEHI Antibody Facility, WEHI National Drug Discovery Centre, WEHI Single Cell Open Research Endeavour (SCORE), La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS), UoM School of Biomedical Sciences Early-Mid Career Research Association (EMCRA), WEHI Postdoctoral Association, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG).

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Boris Reljic (boris.reljic [at]