10th Annual
EMBL Australia
Postgraduate Symposium

Moving forward through collaboratioN

1-3rd November 2023 | Sydney

Registration has ended.
We look forward to meeting you at the symposium!

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia Postgraduate Symposium (EAPS) is EMBL Australia’s student-developed symposium, held annually over two-to-three days catering to Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

This year, EAPS 2023 is ‘moving forward through collaboration’! EAPS 2023 is all about highlighting (and facilitating) projects that celebrate and demonstrate collaboration in science. Our exciting interdisciplinary sessions such as ‘where science meets art’ and ‘solving the problems of tomorrow’ will bring together research and scientists from a variety of fields within molecular biology. Who knows – maybe you’ll even meet your next collaborator!

Symposium Themes

Forward through collaboration

Blue sky thinking

Solving problems of tomorrow

where science meets art

when inspiration strikes

learning from experience

thinking outside the box

Our Plenary Speakers

Prof Benjamin Kile

Director of Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Prof Andrew Pask 

Thylacine Integrated Genomic Restoration Research Laboratory at the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.

Prof Mark Blaskovich

Director of Translation at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland.

Prof Brian Abbey

Deputy Director, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science at La Trobe University

A/Prof Cecile King

Cellular Immunity Lab, The University of New South Wales






 Prof Belinda Ferrari

Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales


Dr Kate Patterson

Director and Founder of MediPics and Prose

Dr Marilisa Cortesi

Post-doctoral researcher, Gynaecological Cancer Research Group, University of New South Wales

Prof Neena Mitter

Director of the Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, the University of Queensland

Dr Nicole Jones

Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UNSW

Dr Julie Ince-Demetriou

Director of Oncology Research and Development, AstraZeneca Australia and New Zealand


The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2010

Getting there

B 389 from town hall to Burton St opposite St Vincent's Hospital around 20 minutes 

30 minute Walk from Mid city

Sydney airport catch the T8 train to Museum station, then take B 311/333/440 from Central Station, Eddy Ave, Stand C to Darlinghurst Rd opp Green Park.

Taxi will cost around $60-70. 

Uber or other ride share app around $40-50

Mad Monkey Downtown: 2★

Sydney Boutique Hotel: 3★

Ibis Budget Sydney East: 3★

Medusa Hotel: 3★

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore: 4★

Holiday Inn Potts Point: 4★

Kirketon Hotel: 4★


Once registration is open, you can click the Registration button on the homepage and complete the registration form.

The registration fee covers attendance to lectures and presentations, conference materials, lunch on all three days, refreshments during breaks, and social events. It does not include accommodation.

After you pay the registration amount, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you provided.

Cancellation should be advised via email to the EAPS 2023 team (committee@eaps.org.au). If you decide to cancel your registration, the following refunds will apply:

 ·       If you have submitted an abstract and it is rejected, you may apply for a full refund any time prior to the starting day of the conference, otherwise:

·       Before October 1st: full refund

·       After October 1st: No refund is available, although registration can be transferred to someone else

 In cases of special circumstances, refund outside of the accepted dates may be considered by the EAPS 2023 team.

Travel or housing reservation cancellations are the responsibility of the attendee.

If your abstract is not selected for an oral presentation or a flash talk, we might suggest you present your data in the form of a poster. However, even if your abstract is not selected, we strongly encourage you to attend the symposium and get the opportunity to participate in our workshops specifically targeting early career researchers and network with peers from all over Australia while discussing science.

No, abstract submission is not obligatory.

Follow this link to complete the abstract submission form.

Travel grants up to $330 will be awarded to 10 student delegates in conjunction with abstract submissions. Travel grants will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit.

You may attend any part of the conference that you are available for. However, the registration fee remains the same.

A digital certificate of attendance will be sent to you by e-mail after the symposium.

Please see section Venue on the top menu for more details.

Suggestions for accommodation options will be listed in section Venue on the top menu, some of which might offer a discount for symposium attendees (updates coming soon).

There is no dress code for the meeting.

Email us at committee@eaps.org.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

The EAPS Organising Committee is committed to taking all reasonable steps to provide the safest possible environment for delegates, speakers, exhibitors, guests and suppliers. All participants are required to be aware of and comply with any relevant COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols in place at the time of the meeting and these will be communicated in advance.

Importantly, at the time of the EAPS 2023 symposium, if you are not feeling well and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you do not attend the event. We request you test accordingly for COVID-19 and notify us at committee@eaps.org.au

Contact us

Email us at committee@eaps.org.au and we will get back to you as soon as possible!