VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2021

Date 15 November - 17 November 2021
Venue Online
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*** Update 12 November 2021: final program now available below ***

*** Update 3 November 2021: a preliminary program is now available below ***

*** Update 20 October 2021: allocations for presentations and instructions to presenters now available below ***

The Young Investigator Symposium is open for registration!  In 2021, we’re again bringing together two key events from the VIIN calendar – our Careers Evening and the YIS – in a 3-day festival of infection and immunity: the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium Series 2021! 

Join us between Monday 15 November and Wednesday 17 November for a program of online activities that will include:

  • Scientific presentations selected from your abstracts
  • Keynote speakers
  • A careers panel
  • Workshops

The purpose of the Young Investigator Symposium Series this year is to provide students, RAs and postdocs an online forum for networking, career development and scientific exchange. We hope it will provide you with an opportunity to keep in touch with colleagues, present your research, and develop your CVs – while we all continue to live with the challenges presented by COVID-19.  We hope you can join us for a session, or the whole program.

Prizes will be awarded for best presentations.

All welcome - undergraduate and post-graduate students, research assistants, post-doctoral scientists from academic and industry.

Download a flyer >>>

20 October 2021: Download allocations for presentations and instructions to presenters for the 2021 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium Series >>>

3 November 2021: Download the preliminary program

12 November 2021:  The final program is now available in 1 large file, or 3 smaller files:

Download the complete program (large file) 

Download the Program and front material of the Abstract booklet

Download the Abstracts for Monday

Download the Abstracts for Tuesday and Wednesday

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Keynote Speakers:   

Professor Colin Pouton, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Michelle Boyle, QIMR-Berghofer


Communications workshop speakers:

Dr Shane Huntington, CEO, Little Big Steps

Ms Catherine Somerville, Senior Media Advisor, University of Melbourne


Careers panellists:

Dr Anubhav Srivastava, Project Manager Dimerix Bioscience

Dr Hayley Joseph, Project Manager Australian Red Cross LifeBlood

Dr Emma Petrie, Program Manager, Translational Research VCCC Alliance

Dr Jesse Toe, Investment Analyst, Life Sciences IP Group plc

Dr Yu-Wei Lin,  Associate Director and Pharmacometrician, Certara


Submit an abstract (open Wednesday 1 September - Friday 1 October):

Submissions are now closed, but please register below.


Registration (open Wednesday 1 September - Monday 8 November):


Lab heads and senior researchers - please attend and support your Young Investigators, even if you can only join for a session or two!



To sponsor a prize for the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium Series 2021, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at


To exhibit or advertise at the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium Series 2021, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:







































2021 Organising Committee:

Catarina Almeida, University of Melbourne

Aaron Brice, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, CSIRO

Laura Cook, University of Melbourne

Andrew Fleetwood, Baker Institute

Carlo Giannangelo, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

San Lim, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Rhea Longley, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Nicole Messina, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Joyanta Modak, Deakin University

Ursula Norman, Monash University

Jason Paxman, La Trobe University

Linda Reiling, Burnet Institute

Patrick Schriek, University of Melbourne

Yanie Tayipto, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Ryan Tseng, University of Melbourne

Jinxin Zhao, Monash University