Discovery Tours

New South Wales | Victoria | Western Australia | Queensland

Have you ever wanted to see how science is done in a REAL research lab?

Why not book into a Day of Immunology Discovery tour? As part of the International Day of Immunology celebrations, medical research institutes and universities around Australia and New Zealand will be opening their doors for public tours.

The tours are designed to give you a glimpse into the world of medical research, to find out what it’s really like to work in a lab and to hear about the cutting-edge immunology research being conducted in Australia and New Zealand. Tours will be run during April and May in a location near you.

New South Wales

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst

More information soon.


Burnet Institute, Prahran

Meet our inspiring immunologists, hear about their important discoveries, and go ‘behind the scenes’ on a lab tour. Join our scientists for an informative 30-minute discussion about their latest work to develop new treatments and vaccines, and to understand the development of immunity for diseases of global significance. Our young scientists will talk about Burnet’s research into new vaccines and treatments against infectious diseases, and understanding the role played by the immune system.

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When: 27 April 2017, 12:00PM

Where: Burnet Institute Level 7, Long Room, Burnet Institute, Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne.

Special requirements: Importantly, guests must wear closed-toe shoes and adult supervision is required for guests under 15 years of age.

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For more information visit the Burnet Institute or contact Stephanie Luketic (

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Parkville

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia’s oldest medical research institute, having celebrated our centenary in 2015. We have a long history of significant medical discoveries, including the 1960 Nobel Prize winning “discovery of acquired immunological tolerance” by former director Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet. The institute is home to around 750 scientists who are working to understand, treat and prevent diseases, such as cancers of the blood, breast, ovary and lung; chronic inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes; and infectious diseases such as malaria, hepatitis and HIV. Members of the general public are invited to learn about immunology, see lab demonstrations, and talk with scientists about how immunological research is tackling infectious and autoimmune disease.  wehi_doi_2016 (1)

Please note this event is wheelchair accessible.

When:  18 April 2018, 10:00 am – 11:30 am AEST and

3 May 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Where: The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Parade Parkville, Victoria, 3052

Special requirements: Guests must be at least 12 years old. Must wear closed-toe shoes. The minimum age for discovery tour attendees is 12 years old. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Register here for tours on the 18 April, 2018 and the 3 May, 2018.

For more information, contact Ms Jessica Tempany.

 Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Clatyon

The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) is opening its doors to the community to celebrate the Day of Immunology. BDI-DoImm-photo-

What’s on?
1. Research Talks: Delivered by some of our youngest immunology scientists, these talks will highlight the discoveries taking place in our laboratories and show how these lead to new vaccines, medicines and therapies to fight disease.
2. Discovery Tour: Our Early Career Researchers will guide you through an exploration of the Monash BDI and the facilities where immunology research happens. The tour includes a visit to our newly opened scientific exhibition, hands-on activities in the laboratories and visits to our cutting-edge technology platforms.
3. Meet & Greet: Over a light lunch you will meet and chat with our researchers, junior and senior. We look forward to answering any questions about immunology you may have.
4. Scientific Photography Exhibition “Snapshots of the Immune System”: When you register to our event you can also register to visit this wonderful exhibition on display at the Monash Immersive Visualisation Facility (The Cave), just a 5 min walk from the Monash BDI.

When: Thursday 27 April 2017
Tour: 9:45 am to 3:00 pm (includes lunch and art exhibition)

Where: Please arrive at room G19, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus.

Special requirements: Guests must be at least 15 years-old and wear closed-toe shoes.

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 Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne

Here is your chance to visit and go ‘behind the scenes’ of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. PDI_1_tours_2016The Doherty Institute is a world-class institute combining research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services, diagnostic services and clinical care in infectious diseases and immunity.

We are offering you the opportunity to come and interact with scientists in their natural habitat. See where the science is done, whom it is done by and ask the question of why we are doing it. You will be taken on a tour through the many facets that make up the collaborative heart of this institute and be able to see what a laboratory really is.

Have you ever wondered where your samples go after you have been to the doctor or how to identify the bug that has caused an outbreak? Well, this is your chance. As part of the tour you will get firsthand laboratory experience to identify the cause of an outbreak and find out how well you wash your hands. Not to forget the Australian and international scientists that you will meet and that take you on the tour itself. Finally we will have a photo booth setup so you can show others the day you were a scientist.

When: Friday 28 April 2017, 4.00-6.00pm

Where:  The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Special requirements: Importantly, guests must wear closed-toe shoes.

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Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Claytonhudson

When:  Friday 28 th April, 9am-12 noon

Where: Translational Research Facility and Hudson Institute Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases,

Special requirements:

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Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Clayton


When:  17th May 2017, 1pm

Where: MHTP Translational Research Facility, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, VIC,3168.

Special requirements:

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Western Australia

When:  17th May 2017, 1pm


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All members of the public are welcome to join us for building tours, vaccination cafe, art exhibition and presentations from our immunology researchers. Our early career researchers will be delivering 3 minute presentations, learning how to better communicate science to all audiences, and we're asking you to vote on the best.

When:  27 April 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Arrive at 4:45pm for 5:00pm start)

Where: Translational Research Institute, 37 Kent St, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102.

Special requirements:

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