The Australian Society for Medical Research invites you to the 56th ASMR National Scientific Conference, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney

from November 14th-15th, 2017

“Science and Survival – Equipping you with the tools to further your research career”


Why should you attend?

This year’s cutting edge and interactive program will help you develop a professional persona to stand out in an increasingly competitive environment to gain the winning edge.

At this unique event, you will learn fundamental skills needed to advance your career and stand out from the crowd.


Featuring two specialist workshops  

Mock Grant Review Panel – Lifting the GRP Curtain” and “The Politics of Promotion”, attendees will learn:

  • The processes of peer review
  • The unique art of panellist communication
  • How to become a constructive peer reviewer, not a destructive peer assessor
  • Political acumen
  • Strategic networking
  • Strategic communication skills
  • Selfless self-promotion


Led by the distinguished Edwards and Firkin orations and the plenary session, the outstanding scientific program will showcase exciting new developments in multi-disciplinary science and how it is underpinning translational health outcomes

Edwards Oration by Professor Chennupati Jagadish , one of the world’s pre-eminent physicists, he was awarded companion of the order of Australia (AC) in 2016. He will talk about his cutting edge work in nanotechnology and why it is considered as the technology of the future with enormous implication for health and medical research. Over his career, he has been recognised as an extraordinary mentor to new generations of scientists. He will share some of his personal experiences and how he managed his challenges to achieve his career goals

Firkin Oration by Dr Bon-Kyoung Koo , first came to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute in 2013 as one of the youngest principal investigators in this world-renowned Institute. Within one year, his new lab became one of the leaders in the field of intestinal stem cell life and death using a new technique to grow mini guts in a petri dish. He will talk about the revolution he has started about how we understand our body. He will share also his journey and speak about the important mentors for a successful career.

Plenary session by Professor Elizabeth Elliott Professor Elizabeth Elliott is a pediatrician and public health leader who will be sharing her work on improving health and quality of life for children in Australia. She worked extensively on improving health outcomes for indigenous children and children housed in detention on Christmas Island.


Opportunities are also available for abstract and poster presentations . Showcase your latest research findings in a relaxed and friendly environment, identify new collaborative opportunities and build your professional networks.


Inside the Scientists Studio – An intimate interview with Peter Doherty 

For the first time, the ASMR will host “Inside the Scientist’s Studio”. Hosted by Australian award winning journalist and broadcaster, Dr Norman Swan, attendees will be given a compelling insight into the mind of Australian Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty.

Over the course of a one hour conversation, Peter Doherty will discuss his personal and professional journey, describing how he commenced and developed his career in science, the challenges he overcame along the way and life after the Nobel Prize.


 Join the NSC this year, survive, thrive and be inspired!


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