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2021 Midsumma Lecture Series – Queers in Science

21 April 2021 @ 6:30 pm7:30 pm


As part of the Midsumma Festival, QueersInScience is presenting a two-part lecture series displaying the amazing work of queer scientists in Australia. This year’s Series is being held in partnership with Melbourne Museum and the Royal Society of Victoria, supported by the Inspiring Victoria program. LGBTQIA+ experts will present four talks on timely scientific topics across two events.

Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 21 April, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Talk 1: “A Retirement Postponed by a Virus”

Professor Michael J Toole


Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Talk 2: “Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”

Professor Deborah Williamson

Pronouns: she/her

Doherty Institute / Royal Melbourne Hospital / Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Director of Microbiology, Lab Head, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow

Lecture 2: Ecology now

Wednesday 5 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Talk 1: “Sex in a changing world”

Professor Bob Wong

Pronouns: he/him

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Head, Behavioural Ecology Research Group

Talk 2:  “Ancestral biology and designing a connection to your traditional ecological knowledge”

Guy Ritani

Pronouns: they/them

Creative Director of PermaQueer, Queensland, Australia

There is the choice between an in-person experience attending the lectures at Melbourne Museum and afterwards have the opportunity to mingle with the speakers and audience members over some nibbles and drinks, or alternatively to enjoy our lecture from the comfort of your home using our online streaming option.

Prices: Museums Victoria Member $8 | Adult $12 | Concession $10 | Online webinar $5
If you require financial assistance to attend this event please contact QueersInScience via email.



21 April 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
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