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Bionics Institute 2023 Open House

Showcasing our research and providing hands-on activities in a world-class laboratory

The Bionics Institute Open House on 16 August 2023 provided opportunity for the community to learn more about how our researchers are solving medical challenges with technology.

Our research leaders guided guests through our world-class laboratory and shared details of the innovative devices and therapies they’re developing.

Visitors also had an opportunity to ask questions about their research projects and the impact of their work.

Tours lasted approximately 1.5 hours, starting at the Bionics Institute (384-388 Albert Street East Melbourne) and visiting our laboratory at St Vincent’s Hospital.


About the Open House tours

Tour location

Start: Bionics Institute, Mollison House – 384-388 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC.

Finish: Daly Wing, St Vincent’s Hospital campus – 35 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC.


Tour times and duration

11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 3.30pm.

Each tour lasted approximately 1.5 hours


Tour content

Activities and information on each tour varied. See below for further information.


COVID requirements

As tours will be conducted within the St Vincent’s Hospital premises, visitors were required to follow any COVID protocols in place by the hospital.


National Science Week

The Bionics Institute Open House was held during National Science Week (12-20 August). We are proud to have been awarded a National Science Week grant from the Australian Government to support our event.

Tours covered research and initiatives such as:

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Using magnetic stimulation to fight memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease

A test for tinnitus that lays the groundwork for new treatments

A new hearing test that will give babies the best chance of hearing clearly and learning to speak

Using nanotechnology to restore age-related hearing loss.

Our Girls in STEM Mentoring Program, encouraging grade 10/11 students to pursue STEM subjects at university.

Our track record of fast research translation from concept into clinical reality.

Who attended

All members of the public were welcome to register for our Open House event, including:

– Students interested in completing a PhD
– Supporters of medical research interested in learning from our engineers and scientists
– High school students wanting to hear about STEM career opportunities
– Healthcare and tertiary education leaders
– Med tech and biotech industry members.

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