The Victorian Infection and Immunity Network (VIIN) came to life in 2004, when the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University established the successful Monash Infection and Immunity Network (MIIN) at Monash University. In 2009, the MIIN evolved into the present day VIIN.
VIIN has operated for over 12 years and has grown to include 15+ Contributing Organisations and 1600+ individual members. Contributing Organisations are the departments, faculties, research institutes and other organisations that provide a financial contribution to VIIN’s annual budget. Individual members come from VIIN’s Contributing Organisations, as well as other Victorian, Australian and international organisations, or may be unaffiliated to any organisation.
Between 2012 and 2014, the VIIN Industry Alliance was funded by the Victorian Government to foster, manage and fund bilateral exchange between VIIN researchers and industry. More information about our Industry Engagement activities can be found here.
Today, VIIN provides networking and development opportunities to Victorian infection and immunity researchers through free annual events and the annual Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference. VIIN communicates to its members through its website, email list and social media accounts to promote the activities of its Contributing Organisations and to advertise events and employment vacancies of relevance to VIIN members.
The VIIN's mission is to promote and grow an inspiring, inclusive network that champions infection and immunity research and education for impactful discoveries and practical health outcomes.