QIMR Berghofer is committed to inspiring the next generation of medical researchers.
The Day in the life of a scientist program is for Year 11 and Year 12 students considering science as a career path. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a working laboratory and interact with scientists working in the world of medical research. The program has been designed to meet teacher, school and student needs, and is aligned to the Queensland senior biology curriculum.
During the program, students will:
- complete a hands-on experimental activity in our state-of-the-art education laboratory
- hear a talk from researchers working at the forefront of discovery (optional)
- tour the Institute’s world-class medical research facilities (optional).
The program typically runs for a half-day (with breaks) from our purpose-built education laboratory, which can accommodate up to 24 students.
Three half-day experimental activities are available to choose from:
- Anti-microbials and disease: The drug discovery process (3 hours)
- Immunity and vaccines: Tracking the army within (3 hours)
- Genetics: Evolution and inherited disease (3 hours), OR Genetics + Hair PCR (3.5 hours).
The half-day experimental activity typically runs from either 9.00 am-12.00 pm or 12.00 pm-3.00 pm, although timing is flexible. Our full-day experiment includes a scientist talk, tour of the Institute and lunch break and runs from 9.00 am-1.30 pm.
Bookings and payment
To arrange a visit for your class, check available dates in our booking calendar and submit a booking enquiry. The fee for Day in the life of a scientist is $270 (ex GST). The Hair PCR activity is an extra $30 per class.
Once we confirm your booking date, we’ll send you a link to our online registration and payment system, along with a Teacher Safety Form, Risk Assessment Form, Arrival Information Document and Laboratory Workbook. Your booking will be finalised upon receipt of your payment.
Coordinating two class groups
The Day in the life of a scientist program can support up to two class sessions of 24 students per day (48 students in total). To manage two class groups, we run two shortened experimental sessions of 2.5 hours per class, with a break in between to set up the laboratory.
As we can only accommodate one class at the Institute at a time, your second class will need to be off-site while the first class is attending the program.
A popular option for schools with two class groups is to book concurrent student sessions at The University of Queensland’s Integrated Pathology Learning Centre (UQ IPLC), which is located on the Herston campus near QIMR Berghofer. Class groups can swap between the two programs halfway through the day. To coordinate your booking, we suggest you confirm your IPLC booking first (as their program availability is limited), and ask that we hold a booking date for you. Make sure you also let UQ IPLC know of your planned trip to QIMR Berghofer.
- No genetically modified or pathogenic organisms are used in our experiments.
- All experiments comply with PC1 guidelines and are no more dangerous than a high school laboratory.
- We provide students and teachers with all necessary protective equipment.
A unique opportunity for students to experience the work of scientists, and further their understanding of scientific research and its importance to society.
Teacher, St John Fisher College
Find out more
To find out more about this program, contact the Schools Education Coordinator.
Schools Education Coordinator
Dr Liam St Pierre
T +61 (0)7 3362 0307