“The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Dramatic advances in materials science and cell biology have led to the development of new and increasingly complex experimental platforms for disease modelling. This cutting edge symposium will showcase recent developments in 3D tissue culture, stem cell technology, automation, micro and nano fabrication. This timely forum will also address key challenges for developing these technologies to replicate important aspects of disease progression and pathogenesis.

Key Dates

  • August 2019 Open for Registration Applications and Abstract Submissions
  • 1st Nov 2019 Abstracts Submissions close
  • 1st December Oral and poster presentations confirmed

Please note: Abstracts and Registration Applications will be reviewed by the committee and confirmed by email. Please register your interest using the link below and submit 300 word abstracts to nathan.godde@csiro.au.

  • $300

    Registration (from 1 Dec 2019)

  • $150

    Registration - Student (from 1 Dec 2019)

Event date: 26Feb 2020

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 Feb 2020

“The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

51 Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC

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 “The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

This Cutting Edge Symposium will be held in the regional port city of Geelong. Geelong is home to large Deakin University campuses, several hospitals and other research institutes including Australia’s biocontainment facility, The CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).

This meeting will be held in "the High Ground - Wurdi Youang" room under Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centres distinctive "Dome". The High Ground is a unique, 250 capacity under-the-dome space with inspiring architecture, intuitive technology and a north-facing balcony with scene-stealing views over Geelong, Corio Bay and the You Yangs. Located in the heart of Geelong’s cultural precinct, the High Ground is adjacent to historic Johnstone Park, the CBD and the waterfront. This venue is also adjacent to the Geelong railway station and therefore provides an easy daily commute for attendees from the heart of Melbourne.

Convening Committee:


Nathan Gödde (co-chair)
Megan Dearnley (co-chair)
Vinod Sundaramoorthy
Ryan Farr
John Bingham
Sally McArthur
Carmel O'Brien
Michelle Baker
Leah Cosgrove
Elizabeth Pharo
Sinead Williams

This Symposium is supported by funding received from the CSIRO Research Office, Cutting Edge Science Symposium program.


Time Activity
DAY 1: Disease modelling: Relevance, advantages & limitations
Session 1: Challenges in modelling host-pathogen biology of human and animal disease
Session 2: Engineering representative animal models, current advances, challenges and limitations
Session 3: Application of Stem Cell Technology for Disease Modelling, filling the gaps of in vivo modelling
Session 4: ECR mini oral session
DAY 2: Fabricated microenvironments and automation
Session 5: Developing organoid and 3D culture models towards personalised treatment strategies
Session 6: Next-generation fabrication for researchers
Session 7: Model systems "wish list" workshop
Session 8: Automated Technologies
DAY 3: AAHL showcase and career opportunities for ECRs
Morning sessions at Australia’s biocontainment facility, The Australian Animal Health Laboratories (AAHL).
ECR career discussion and networking workshop at Little Creature Brewery Geelong.

Science areas: Biological sciences and Health

Event type: Conference or seminar