Scientist at confocal scope

Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Clayton

At the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, scientists in the Infection and Immunity Program are investigating questions such as: What is our immune system made of? How does it work to protect us from disease? How our daily habits can make it stronger or weaker? We inestigate these and other questions to better understand our immune system and to develop better medicines and vaccines to keep our bodies strong and healthy.

You are invited to a Discovery Tour at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute to celebrate the Day of Immunology. You will be able to listen to our scientists talk about their research, visit some of our cutting-edge technologies, see our scientists in action, and even get some hands-on lab experience.

When: 29 April 2016 at 1:45pm (for 2:00pm start) to 4:00pm

Where: Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash University, Clayton

Special requirements: Guests must be aged 15 years and older. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes.

Bookings are essential via Eventbrite.

RSVP: 25 April 2016. For more information, contact Dr Claudia Del Campo.


Institute discovery tour

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Parkville

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia’s oldest medical research institute, having celebrated our centenary in 2015. We have a long history of significant medical discoveries, including the 1960 Nobel Prize winning “discovery of acquired immunological tolerance” by former director Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet.

The institute is home to around 750 scientists who are working to understand, treat and prevent diseases, such as cancers of the blood, breast, ovary and lung; chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes; and infectious diseases such as malaria, hepatitis and HIV. Members of the general public are invited to learn about immunology, see lab demonstrations, and talk with scientists about how immunological research is tackling infectious and autoimmune disease.

Please note this event is wheelchair accessible.

When: 27 April 2016 at 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Where: The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Parade Parkville, Victoria, 3052

Special requirements: Guests must be at least 12 years old. Must wear closed-toe shoes.

Bookings are essential via Eventbrite.

RSVP: 25 April 2016

For more information, contact Ms Jessica Tempany.


High containment facility

Peter Doherty Institute, Parkville

Here is your chance to visit and go ‘behind the scenes’ of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. The Doherty Institute is a world-class institute combining research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services, diagnostic services and clinical care in infectious diseases and immunity. We are offering you the opportunity to come and interact with scientists in their natural habitat. See where the science is done, whom it is done by and ask the question of why we are doing it. You will be taken on a tour through the many facets that make up the collaborative heart of this institute and be able to see what a laboratory really is.

Have you ever wondered where your samples go after you have been to the doctor or how to identify the bug that has caused an outbreak? Well, this is your chance. As part of the tour you will get firsthand laboratory experience to identify the cause of an outbreak and find out how well you wash your hands. Not to forget the Australian and international scientists that you will meet and that take you on the tour itself. Finally we will have a photo booth setup so you can show others the day you were a scientist.

When: 29 April 2016 at 4.00pm for a 4.15pm start

Where: 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Special requirements: Importantly, guests must wear closed-toe shoes.

If you do not want photos of you taken from the tour and used for the Day of immunology or by the Peter Doherty Institute, please inform us at the start of the tour.

Bookings are essential via Eventbrite.

RSVP: 24 April 2016

For more information, contact Dr Paul Whitney.


Scientist holding a pipette in the lab.

Burnet Institute, Prahran

Meet our inspiring immunologists, hear about their important discoveries, and go ‘behind the scenes’ on a lab tour. 

Join our scientists for an informative 30-minute discussion about their latest work to develop new treatments and vaccines, and to understand the development of immunity for diseases of global significance.

Our young scientists will talk about Burnet’s research into new vaccines and treatments against infectious diseases, and understanding the role played by the immune system.

When: 29 April 2016 at 12.00 noon for a 12.15pm start

Where: Burnet Institute Level 7, Long Room, Burnet Institute, Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne

Special requirements: Importantly, guests must wear closed-toe shoes and adult supervision is required for guests under 15 years of age.

Bookings are essential via the institute's events webpage.

RSVP: 24 April 2016


Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Scientist looking down into a petri dish

Go ‘behind the scenes’ with a discovery tour at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, one of Australia’s leading centres for research into infectious diseases and innate immunity.

The International Day of Immunology offers local secondary school students the opportunity to interact with scientists in the lab first-hand to see where science is done, who does it and why.

Hudson Institute researchers are looking into areas including: how our immune system controls our body’s response to cancer, how our bodies react to ‘intruders’ like stomach bugs, and why immune responses, like inflammation, can actually be beneficial in fighting some kinds of infection.

We are one of Australia’s top medical research institutes specialising in driving innovative, cutting-edge research towards improved prevention, diagnosis and treatments for our greatest health challenges. The Institute’s innovative research program is focused on six specialised research centres, each responding to Australia’s key health priorities.

  • Cancer
  • Genetic Diseases
  • Immunity, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases
  • Reproductive Health
  • Children’s and Women’s Health
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism 

Participants will go into the lab to identify the cause of an outbreak and find out how well they REALLY wash their hands, and participate in an interactive quiz.

When: Friday 29 April

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

For more information, contact Jennifer Dowling, PhD



Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Clayton

Scientist pipetting

The Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases at Monash Health is opening its doors for International Day of Immunology. Go behind the scenes and meet the researchers!

Event overview:
12:00pm: Public Lecture. Hear about the latest developments in how the immune systems work, autoimmune disease and stroke
1:00pm: Meet the researchers over a light lunch and find out about the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases research programs
2:15pm: Visit the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases laboratories and meet the research scientists and doctors. 

When: Wednesday 18 May 2016, 12:00 - 3:30


Public lecture and lunch
Translational Research Facility
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road

Laboratory Discovery Tours
CID laboratories
Block 5, Level 5
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road
(meet in ground floor foyer area if only attending the Discovery Tours)

Special requirements: Attendees under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees must wear closed footwear for Laboratory Discovery tours

Bookings are via an online RSVP form

RSVP is Monday 2 May 2016

For more information please contact Andrea Johannessen