VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2022

Date 16 November 2022
Venue Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Location Parkville View Map
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The Young Investigator Symposium is back, face-to-face! 

In 2022, we’re delighted to by holding the YIS at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS).  We thank MIPS for their kind support in hosting us. 

The purpose of the Young Investigator Symposium Series this year is to provide students, RAs and postdocs a forum for networking, career development and scientific exchange. We hope it will provide you with an opportunity to keep in touch with colleagues, present your research, and develop your CVs.

Prizes will be awarded for best presentations.

All welcome - undergraduate and post-graduate students, research assistants, post-doctoral scientists from academic and industry.

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Keynote Speakers:   

Coming soon!

Registration (open Thursday 23 June to Friday 4 November 2022):


Lab heads and senior researchers - please attend and support your Young Investigators, even if you can only join for a session or two!

Submit an abstract (open Thursday 23 June to Friday 5 August 2022):

Consider registering to attend our Abstract-Writing Workshop on Wednesday 20 July, to aid in the preparation of your abstract:

Top tips for preparing your abstract >> Download here

(1) Submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by Friday 5 August 2022, 5pm.  No late submissions will be accepted.

(2) Download and complete your Abstract Submission template here.  Complete the Abstract Submission template using exactly the format provided.  Please do not change font size or style.  

(3) Save the Abstract Submission template in PDF.

(4) Name the Abstract Submission in the following format:  BEST-FIT-CATEGORY_FAMILY-NAME_FIRST-NAME.PDF  e.g. Adaptive Immunology_Nguyen_Bill.PDF.  See point 6 about Best Fit Category.

(5) Click here to register and submit your abstract and meta-data by Google Form. Please note that you need a Gmail account to access the abstract submission form.  Setting up a Gmail account is free and quick:   

(6) When submitting your Abstract, you will be required to select two Abstract submission categories under which your Abstract will be peer-reviewed by colleagues in the same field.  You need to select a Best Fit category and a Second Best Fit category, which must be different. To help you best answer this question before you come to submitting your abstract, this is the list to select from: 

  • Adaptive immunology
  • Bacteriology
  • Cancer immunology
  • Clinical and translational (Vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, public health)
  • COVID-19
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Inflammation
  • Innate immunology
  • Microbiota
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Other
  • Structural biology
  • Systems biology
  • Virology

Additional step for submitters who do not consent to having their abstracts published:

(7) If you DO NOT agree to have your abstract published in the electronic abstract booklet, please prepare and submit a second PDF.  Like the one prepared in steps (2) - (4), you should use the Abstract Submission template here. This must contain your Abstract Title, Author List, * = presenting author information, but then the words "PUBLISH CONSENT WITHHELD."  Name the Abstract Submission in the following format: BEST-FIT-CATEGORY_FAMILY-NAME_FIRST-NAME_WITHHELD.PDF  e.g. Adaptive Immunology_Nguyen_Bill_WITHHELD.PDF.  There will be a second upload option for this file.

Additional step for submitters who do science communicaiton on social media:

(8) Graphical abstracts may be submitted (optional).  If you elect to submit a graphical abstract, this may be used on @The_VIIN Twitter account to promote your talk. 

Accordingly, do not include any data or confidential information in your file.  You may like to consider using your title slide, a professional photograph of yourself, or the lab you belong to, or, where relevant, a lifecycle, cell diagram or signalling pathway that illustrates a key element of your work.


  • Submit a JPEG or PNG file.
  • Name the Graphical Abstract in the following format:  GRAPHICAL ABSTRACT_FAMILY-NAME_FIRST-NAME.PDF  e.g. GRAPHICAL ABSTRACT_Brown_Jane.JPG3. 

Following submission of your abstract, you will receive a confirmation as follows:

Thank you for submitting your abstract for the 2022 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium. We appreciate your interest.

If there are issues with the formatting or content of your form and abstract, we'll be in touch.

Otherwise, please be assured that we have received your submission and that it will be peer-reviewed for presentation at the YIS.

An announcement will be made on the 2022 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium event page on the VIIN website on Friday 23 September 2022 after 12pm about the type of presentation you have been allocated. Link:

Please check the site after this time and date to determine what sort of presentation to prepare. Further instructions about how to prepare your poster, Science Bite or oral presentation will be made available at the same time. ALL TALKS, whether oral presentations or Science Bites, will need to be sent through for compilation prior to the symposium: we would ask that you take particular note of these deadlines.

We will be unable to contact individual submitters to inform them of their presentation type and would ask you rely on the website for further information. If you have questions or concerns that aren't answered here, please contact


To sponsor a prize for the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium Series 2022, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at

Sponsors and exhibitors:

To exhibit or advertise at the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2022, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at for a sponsorship prospectus.

Thank you to the supporters of our 2022 event:







2022 Organising Committee:

Catarina Almeida, University of Melbourne (Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity)

Aaron Brice, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness CSIRO 

Carlo Giannangelo, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ella Johnston, La Trobe University (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology)

Gabriela Khoury Monash University (Department of Microbiology)

Kevin Lee University of Melbourne (Department of Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital)

San Lim, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Rhea Longley, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Christophe Macri, University of Melbourne (Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology)

Joyanta Modak, Deakin University

Melanie Neeland, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Ursula Norman, Monash University (School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health)

Jason Paxman, La Trobe University (La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences)

Linda Reiling, Burnet Institute

Stephen Scally, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Jinxin Zhao Monash University (Department of Microbiology)