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Queers in Science Lecture Series

General information
Attend in person at Melbourne Museum or online via zoom.
See below for ticket details

As part of the Midsumma Festival, QueersInScience is presenting a lecture series displaying the amazing work of queer scientists in Australia.

This year’s lectures series will talk about timely topics such as Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of environmental pollution.

QueersInScience is an Australian initiative aiming to build community and improve support for LGBTQIA+ people working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.

There is the choice between an in-person experience attending the lectures at Melbourne Museum and afterwards have the opportunity to mingle with the speakers and audience members over some nibbles and drinks, or alternatively to enjoy our lecture from the comfort of your home using our online streaming option.

If you required financial assistance to attend this event please contact QueersInScience via email.

Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 21 April, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Talk 1: A Retirement Postponed by a Virus

Michael J Toole
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Talk 2

Professor Deborah Williamson
Doherty Institute / Royal Melbourne Hospital / Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Director of Microbiology, Lab Head, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow

Ecology now

Wednesday 5 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Talk 1: Sex in a changing world

Professor Bob Wong
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Head, Behavioural Ecology Research Group

Talk 2: Ancestral biology and designing a connection to your traditional ecological knowledge

Guy Ritani
Creative Director of PermaQueer, Queensland, Australia

Part of the Midsumma Festival Program

Presented by QueersInScience, Midsumma, Royal Society Victoria and Melbourne Museum



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