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Our alumni program is aimed at building professional and social networks between former staff and students and the Institute.

Alumni network registration

Benefits to joining

  • Reconnect with old colleagues
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest Institute news and activities
  • Be notified of social and professional networking events tailored to alumni

Each year, the alumni program runs a variety of activities, including:

  • reunions at our Parkville campus
  • interstate and overseas reunions
  • other reunions for research specialties and era cohorts
  • clinical and industry events
  • a career speed dating event.

Alumni are also invited to key Institute activities, including the AGM, Art of Science and Open House Melbourne.

Alumni also receive a bonus edition of the Institute's newsletter, Illuminate.

Who can join?

The alumni program is open to former staff and students from all areas of the Institute, including scientific divisions, bioservices and professional services teams.

Upcoming alumni activities

Due to the novel COVID-19 situation, we will not be hosting onsite alumni events or activities until furthernotice. This is a precautionary measure to support the health and safety of visitors, staff, students and tenants. We appreciate your understanding with this difficult decision.

Online events

Honours alumni networking reunion: An evening of networking with other Honours alumni, students and graduates, with speeches from Professor Doug Hilton and Dr Joanna Groom. Register here

Keep in touch

Find us on Facebook to follow the latest alumni news and flashback photos from the Institute archives.

To share photos or memories of your time at the Institute, or updates on your post-Institute achievements, email

Other ways to connect

For more information contact Belinda Zipper at or call +61 3 9345 2928.

Alumni Recollections, coverAlumni profiles

Catch up with alums and find out what they are now working on and their time at the Institute.

You can also buy a copy of Alumni Recollections. Compiled and edited by alums Dr Emanuela Handman and Professor Jim Goding, this book is a wonderful collection of insights into past Institute life. Copies are available for purchase ($45) by emailing reception.

Previous alumni events





Photo of large group of alumni members

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2019 Beijing alumni reunion

In October 2019, some 30 alumni gathered in a restaurant in Beijing to dine and reconnect with each other and Institute staff.

Alumni reunion

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