Young Investigator Symposium 2017

1 February 2018

 

The 2017 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium was again at capacity, with 250+ registrants, 120+ abstract submissions, two Science Bite sessions, two poster sessions and two keynote speakers at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute on Monday 16 October.

Professor Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza began our program with the first keynote presentation, Building blocks of a research career: opportunities, initiative and ... luck!  

The second keynote was given by Dr Maria Liaskos, veski Inspiring Women Fellow and Senior Lecturer from La Trobe University.  Maria's presentation was titled From bacteria, to blebs and beyond.  
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Prof Kanta Subbarao (left) and Dr Maria Liaskos (right).  Photo credit: Daniel Dlugolenski (CSIRO-AAHL and VIIN Young Investigator Symposium organising committee).

VIIN warmly thanks both keynote speakers for attending the Young Investigator Symposium to deliver their excellent presentations and network with ECRs and students.

This year there were also more prizes than ever before awarded to presenters and audience members:

VIIN Young Investigator Awards – Registration and an invitation to speak at the 8th Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference, February 2017:

Postdoc Awardee: Angela Pizzolla, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne.  Angela will deliver the inaugural Hartland Oration of the Lorne conference.
Student Awardee: Michael Stutz, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

$300 Science Bite Prizes:
Provided by Crux Biolab: Helen Cumming, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Provided by Micromon: Kirstie Mangas, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne.

$300 Poster Prizes:
Provided by Abcam: Sacha Pidot, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne
Provided by BMG Labtech and VIIN: A three-way tie resulted between:
Miku Kuba, Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Georgina Pollock, Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Alyce Mayfosh, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science

$50 Best Question Prizes (winners pictured below, left to right):
  • Ruby Kochappan, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Xiao Xiao Jia, Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Max Chao Yang, Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
  • James Ong, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
  • Sacha Pidot, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne

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Best Question prize winners were awarded one years' complimentary membership to the American Society for Microbiology, thanks to Elena Schneider, ASM Young Ambassador to Australia (pictured above, second from left) and $50 from VIIN. Photo credit: Daniel Dlugolenski.

Thank you to the presenters, chairs, prize judges and organising committee for making the day such a success. Thank you also to VIIN's Contributors for their ongoing support which allows the VIIN to put on this day at no cost to individual attendees, and to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for hosting the event.

Visit the Event Page (includes the program) >

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Photo credit: Daniel Dlugolenski.

 

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