As part of the 2021 Midsumma Festival, QueersInScience presented a two-part lecture series displaying the amazing work of queer scientists in Australia. This year’s series was being held in partnership with Melbourne Museum and the Royal Society of Victoria, supported by the Inspiring Victoria program.

Watch the lectures here and scroll down for speaker bios.


Professor Michael J Toole

Pronouns: he/him

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

Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Talk 1: “A Retirement Postponed by a Virus”

Professor Deborah Williamson

Pronouns: she/her

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

Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Talk 2

Guy Ritani

Pronouns: they/them

Creative Director of PermaQueer, Queensland, Australia

Ecology Now – Talk 1:  “Ancestral biology and designing a connection to your traditional ecological knowledge”

Professor Bob Wong

Pronouns: he/him

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

Ecology Now – Talk 1: “Sex in a changing world”