WELCOME – 57th ASMR National Scientific Conference 2018

An invitation from the Australian Society for Medical Research 

To be held in Adelaide, at the beautiful and historic Elder Hall Music Conservatorium, from November 21st to 23rd, 2018, the 57th NSC has an innovative and creative theme and a program packed full of scientific sessions and professional development workshops.

‘Inspired Creativity: When Art Meets Science’

Exploring the intersection between art & science

 NSC 2018 is an inviting space for early-career, mid-career and senior researchers to take a fresh approach to discovery and communication.

Our program is designed to excite, to inspire, to generate new and innovative exchanges and collaborations.
Investigate for yourself how art can unlock your scientific creativity!

We are seeking abstracts from all fields of health and medical research with NSC 2018 continuing the tradition of multi and trans-disciplinary research in tandem with visionary professional development workshops,  all taking place within the architectural elegance which is the Elder Hall Conservatorium of Music

Conference highlights include:

Inside the scientist studio:  The Playground of Science: Imagination, ideas generation, exploration, and dissemination
Graeme Cornes, of Conversations with Cornesy on radio FIVEaa, interviews Professor Josef Penninger, Scientific Director Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria. Professor Penninger is a man with an with an almost unique view of science as an heroic, spiritual, cultural and adventurous endeavour.  He has achieved enormous success and once  said   “All great discoveries occur when scientists wander off the beaten track, pursuing unpopular, unknown ideas or merge knowledge from disparate fields”.   Branded a chronic underachiever by his teachers as a youngster, he learned quickly to believe in himself and not to live down to the expectations of others. Professor Penninger will share with us advice for growing as a well-rounded researcher, and how to draw inspiration from other academic disciplines to make an impact professionally and on a societal level.  Any members of the general public who may wish to attend this event should follow this link to a separate registration process.

AWT Edwards Orator: Dr. Paul Torzillo, Medical Director Nganampa Health Council & Clinical Director Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
HealthHabitat: Using architecture to promote better Indigenous health outcomes – a collaboration with the late Paul Pholeros will be an exploration of how art, including architecture, can be utilised to improve health outcomes through addressing the conditions required for health and wellness to flourish. The focus will be on making systematic change, with attention to non-medical determinants of health, to create a space in which disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations can reclaim dignity and self-determination to pursue wellness.

Firkin Oration: Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of the Singapore ArtScience Museum.
Curating Science: The mutual symbiosis of art and scientific exploration will draw on Ms Harger’s experience as a world-renowned curator and artist, Ms. Harger will discuss how she uses art to communicate abstract concepts in science. She will speak about her own experience as an artist and how she translates interesting scientific ideas into tangible art pieces that engage with audiences on a spectrum of science literacy and her work as a the curator of ArtScience Museum, using thought provoking museum displays to brings science to life and dissect its function in contemporary society.

ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Lights Award:  recognises the outstanding contributions of Australian mid-career researchers.

ASMR Synapse Award:  This year ASMR will launch a new award aimed at recognising talent in scientific communication. Artistic submissions are sought that address the researcher’s work/relationship with science. Entries to the Synapse Award are open to all art forms; it can be a poem, song, 2D visual art, 3D visual art, or dance.  The Synapse Award entries will be displayed in an exhibition that will showcase and celebrate the artworks alongside the posters at the 2018 ASMR National Scientific Conference.

The Networking and Mentoring Breakfast.  A unique opportunity for students in particular to share their concerns and ask questions of experienced mentors.


Platinum  Sponsor of the 57th ASMR National Scientific Conference

Sponsoring the Firkin Oration Sponsoring the AWT Edwards Oration


Sponsoring the Networking Poster Session