Cutting-edge science and inspiring research at UROP Conference Day 2019

This year’s UROP Conference Day took place on the 26th of July to celebrate student research talent in Victoria. Former and current UROP Scholars and Supervisors, together with program supporters and future participants full of potential, attended the event at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and shared their experiences, career plans and research questions during the premier event of the UROP calendar.

Over a 100 people participated in the UROP Conference Day, an event structured around presentations from UROP Scholars sharing their research results obtained during their placements.

BioMedVic’s Engagement Manager, Núria Saladié, welcomed the audience and presented the day, judges and chairs. She also expressed BioMedVic’s gratitude to CSL for their continued support as Principal Sponsor of UROP.

To inspire all attendees and set the tone for the event, the Keynote Speaker, Catriona Nguyen-Robertson, came on stage and spoke on ‘A World of Opportunities”. Her presentation reflected on the many career options offered by science, gave some tips and tricks for effective networking, and inspired all by defending the benefits of having a ‘balanced’ research life. She successfully juggles her PhD on Immunology with science communication hobbies and her passion for singing.

Dr Mike Wilson, Vice President of Research at CSL, warmly welcomed the most recent UROP cohort. After an encouraging speech sharing his journey in science and congratulating all Scholars, Mike awarded the certificates to the new cohort of 20 driven students.

The UROP Conference Day offered the opportunity to 17 Scholars to present their research in front of a supportive audience. For many, it was their first time presenting to such a large group! They strategically used their presentation skills to engagingly communicate their work. The topics ranged broadly, including regenerative medicine, computer aided visualisations and immunity comparisons.

CSL generously provided three Presentation Awards, which were decided by a remarkable panel of judges: Pierre Scotney, Associate Director, Research, CSL Limited; Jessica Holien, Lab Head at St Vincent’s Institute; and Jane McCausland, Student Programs Manager at ARMI. After some tough deliberation, Pierre Scotney presented the winners of the 2019 UROP Conference Day Presentation Awards: Olivia D’Rozario (ARMI), Jett Osborne (Bio21 Institute) and Kathleen Zeglinski (CSL).

BioMedVic is very proud of all UROP Scholars and wants to thank all Judges, Presenters, Chairs and program supporters for their ongoing involvement. The UROP Community gets bigger every day!


If you would like to employ a UROP scholar, please see more information for supervisors here and email urop@biomedvic.org.au.


Are you a student interested in research? Applications for UROP have kicked off! See information about applying for UROP here.