This year’s QueersInScience Midsumma Lecture Series is being held in partnership with Melbourne Museum and the Royal Society of Victoria. LGBTQIA+ experts will present four talks on timely scientific topics across two lecture events.

Lecture 1: Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Wednesday 21 April, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Lecture 2: Ecology now
Wednesday 5 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm

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.

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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

Professor Bob Wong

Pronouns: he/him

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

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

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”