VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2024

Date 8 November 2024
Venue Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University
Location 399 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052 View Map
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On Friday 8 November 2024, the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium is back, face-to-face!

In 2024, 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.

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Registration (open Tuesday 2 July - Friday 25 October 2024):


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

Keynote Speakers:   

  • Dr Danika Hill, Head, Precision Vaccinology Laboratory, Department of Immunology, School of Translational Medicine, Monash University
  • Prof Stephanie Gras, Head, Viral and Structural Immunology Laboratory, NHMRC Investigator Fellow Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Deputy Director LIMS (La Trobe Institute For Molecular Science), School of Agriculture, Biomedicine and Environment, La Trobe University 

Sponsors and Prizes:

To sponsor a prize, exhibit or advertise at the VIIN Young Investigator Symposium 2024, please contact the VIIN Program Manager at

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Submit an abstract (open Tuesday 2 July to Thursday 15 August 2024):

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: FAMILY-NAME_FIRST-NAME_BEST-FIT-CATEGORY.PDF  e.g. Nguyen_Bill_Adaptive Immunology.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: FAMILY-NAME_FIRST-NAME_BEST-FIT-CATEGORY.PDF  e.g. Nguyen_Bill_Adaptive Immunology.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 2024 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 2024 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium event page on the VIIN website on Friday 20 September 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

2024 Organising Committee:

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

Jeremy Anderson, Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute

Thomas Angelovich, RMIT University

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

Aaron Brice, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness CSIRO 

Dimitra Chatzileontiadou, La Trobe University

Michelle Chonwerawong, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Samantha Davies, CSIRO

Ruby Dawson, University of Adelaide (but formerly Hudson Institute of Medical Research) 

Emily Erikkson, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Paul Gill, Monash University (Department of Immunology)

Gabriela Khoury, Burnet Institute 

Robson Kriiger Loterio, Burnet Institute

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

Stella Liong, RMIT University

Rhea Longley, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

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

Meg Manohar, CSIRO

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)

Natalia Sampaio, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

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) and CSL Ltd

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

Ryan Toh, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Jinxin Zhao, Monash University (Department of Microbiology)