Biomed Link

A conference for students, by students!

Organised by the St Vincent's Student Society, Biomed Link is an annual one-day conference aimed at providing biomedical students with an opportunity to present their research, and  to participate in academic discussions in a less intimidating environment. 

Biomed Link will allow attendees to:

  • Present their research for peer review,
  • Practice answering questions about their research,
  • Ask questions and learn about research undertaken outside their field, and
  • Interact and network with fellow students from all over Australia.

Registration is FREE and only open to students (Undergraduates, Honours, Masters, PhD) that are enrolled under a biomedical-related course and/ or undertaking a research project in a field of biomedical research.


Speakers for the 2016 conference are Professor Fabienne Mackay and Professor Sue Stocklmayer AO.

Professor Fabienne Mackay obtained her PhD from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. In 1994, she joined BiogenIdec Inc in Boston where she developed inhibitors of TNF ligands and characterised the factor BAFF.  In 2000, Fabienne joined the Garvan Institute, Sydney as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow with a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant and as Director of the Autoimmunity Research Unit. In 2009, Fabienne was appointed Chair and Head, Department of Immunology, Monash University and awarded a NHMRC Research Fellowship in 2014. In 2015, she joined the University of Melbourne as inaugural Head, School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Head, BAFF laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Professor Sue Stocklmayer was the Director of the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science from 1998 to 2015. As part of the University's outreach programs, she has presented festival science shows, lectures and workshops on all five continents. Sue grew up in Zambia, graduated in physics and chemistry from the University of London and worked on the Zambian copper mines as a chemist. She emigrated to Australia with her family in 1982 after co-directing an extensive hands-on science program for rural village students in Zimbabwe. She returned to postgraduate study at Curtin University in Perth, where she gained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and an M.Phil. Her early experiences in physics laid the foundation for a deep and abiding interest in gender issues in science. In 1994, she completed her doctorate as a very mature-aged student and was awarded the University's graduate medal. In 1996, Sue moved to The Australian National University. She was awarded an AM in 2004 for science communication initiatives, and an AO for science communication and science education in 2016. Sue thinks that science communication is the best possible mixture, combining science, theatre (a lifelong interest), multicultural and gender issues and a host of other things at the interface between science and the public.


The 2016 programme will be announced shortly.