VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2023

Date 9 November 2023
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On Thursday 9 November 2023, the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium is back, face-to-face!

In 2023, we are again delighted to be 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 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.

Register now (Wednesday 11 July 2023 - Wednesday 1 November 2023)


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

Allocations and instructions for presenters (28 September 2023)


Keynote Speakers   

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers for the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium in 2023 are:

Prof Ben Cowie, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Royal Melbourne Hospital.  More information:
Dr Kim O'Sullivan, Monash University. More information:

To learn from these excellent scientists, hear presentations from early-career researchers from VIIN, and enjoy a day of networking, refreshments and science, please REGISTER NOW


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To sponsor a prize for the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2023, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at


To exhibit or advertise at the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2023, please contact VIIN Program Manager, Dr Rebecca Smith at


Thank you to this year's sponsors



Submit an abstract - CLOSED

Open Wednesday 11 July 2023 - Thursday 17 August 2023:

Top tips for preparing your abstract >> Download here

(1) Submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by Thursday 17 August 2023, 11.59pm.  No late submissions will be accepted.

(2) Download and complete your Abstract Submission template here.  Complete the Abstract Submission template using the instructions contained within.  

(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
  • Clinical (including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics)
  • COVID-19, emerging infections or global health
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Innate immunology or inflammation
  • Microbiota or host-microbiota interactions
  • Pathogens (including bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi)
  • Public health
  • Other
  • Systems or structural biology
  • Tissue-specific or cancer immunology

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 communication 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 2023 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 2023 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium event page on the VIIN website on Friday 6 October 2023 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

2023 Organising Committee

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

Josh Bourne, Monash University (School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health)

Aaron Brice, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness CSIRO 

Ruby Dawon, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

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

Gabriela Khoury, Burnet Institute 

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

San Lim, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Stella Liong, RMIT University

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

Linda Reiling, Burnet Institute

Stephany Sanchez, University of Melbourne (WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza)

Stephen Scally, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Ghizal Siddiqui, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Caroline Soliman, University of Melbourne (Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity)

Praveena Thirunavukkarasu, Monash University (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Ryan Toh, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Jinxin Zhao, Monash University (Department of Microbiology)