High School Lecture Series

QIMR Berghofer runs a free annual high school lecture series where students can hear about the latest medical research discoveries, tour state-of-the-art laboratories and investigate careers in science.

Lectures are held in the auditorium at QIMR Berghofer and are attended by up to 600 senior science students from south-east Queensland and their teachers. As part of the program, students:

  • listen to leading scientists talk about their research (presentations run for approximately 15-20 minutes each, with 10 minutes for interactive questions)
  • tour a QIMR Berghofer laboratory with a science ambassador
  • be able to ask questions about careers in science and medical research.

School students are typically on site from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm. Certificates of participation are available for teachers.


Bookings have been cancelled in 2020, however we hope to return with a full program in 2021. The High School Lecture Series will be targeted at topics to align with the senior biology curriculum.

If booking numbers exceed capacity, an additional day will be added to each of the lectures to cater for additional schools.


8:45 am Arrival
9:15 am Director’s welcome address
9:30 am Speaker 1
10:00 am Speaker 2
10:30 am Morning tea (b.y.o.)
10:50 am QIMR Berghofer education program overview
11:00 am Speaker 3
11:30 am Speaker 4
12:00 pm Tour of QIMR Berghofer laboratories
12:30 pm Program concludes


Unable to make it to our regular lecture series? For regional schools, QIMR Berghofer offer an online series of high school lectures covering the subjects of Genetics, Psychology and Infectious Disease as aligned with the QLD school syllabus. These can be viewed at any time via the link here.


If your school is located in a regional area, QIMR Berghofer offer a number of opportunities with their regional high school lecture series.  These include presentations on the ground-breaking work underway at QIMR Berghofer, along with discussions around career opportunities in health science and medical research. The regional high school lecture series travels to Central QLD, South West QLD, Far North QLD and North QLD annually. Find out more here.


Schools Education Coordinators
Dr Liam St Pierre
(Mon-Wed) T (07) 3362 0307
Dr Rowena Long (Thu-Fri) T (07) 3362 0453