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Life, Magnified: Using light microscopy to investigate biology and disease

16 August 2018 @ 9:30 am17 August 2018 @ 12:30 pm


A picture tells a thousand words! Come and learn about the smallest details of the human body and how it can all go wrong. Visit research labs, meet young researchers as they take you through their experiments and use our microscopes to make your own images to take home with you.

Join us to learn how researchers are using light microscopy to investigate the biology of the body and how diseases are caused. Light microscopy can produce some wonderful images, but they can also tell us a lot about what we are interested in. After all – A picture tells a thousand words!

This event, hosted by the at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne, follows a scientific experiment from start to finish through a series of hands-on workstations. These workstations include:

  • a visit to active research labs
  • students learn about the structures of the cell and how we can visualise them
  • students get to use a $1 million microscope
  • students take their own images and print them out to take home.
  • presentations from young researchers as they take students through the design, implementation and interpretation of their experiments.

This event is aimed at Year 9 & 10 students and is limited to groups of 10 students per teacher. Schools may arrange multiple groups, as long at the 10:1 ratio is maintained.


16 August 2018 @ 9:30 am
17 August 2018 @ 12:30 pm
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Bio21 Institute
30 Flemington Road
Parkville, VIC 3052 Australia
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Paul McMillan
03 9035 3021
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Suitable for:
Secondary students
Health and medical, Innovation and technology
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