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HMRI Open Day

October 7, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The 2016 HMRI Open Day was held on Friday the 7th of October 2016 with 4000 community members coming along to enjoy a fun-filled and informative day. The multi-level expo included a range of interactive activities for the young and young at heart with seminars, research booths, kids science activities and lab tours.

Interactive Health and Research Expo

The 2016 Open Day will host a multi-level research expo where the public will have a chance to  meet the Hunter's leading researchers and explore a wide range of research being undertaken right here in Newcastle. From cancer to asthma and stroke to healthy eating, ground breaking research from across the health spectrum will be right at your fingerstips at the HMRI Health and Research Expo in 2016.  The public will also have the opportunity to observe research being done first hand in each of the laboratories throughout the building.

A full list of the Health and Research booths and a floor plan will be available soon!
 Laboratory Tours

All 4 levels of the HMRI Building will be open to the public at the 2016 Open Day. The lab tours will begin from Level 2 & 3 East and West and will include Cancer/Genetics, Mother & Babies and VIVA laboratories.

During the lab tours you will be able to watch experiments taking place, learn about the latest research being conducted and experience a working laboratory. You will also have a chance to ask Hunter researchers about what's new in medical research and learn about the different research trials conducted. A friendly HMRI staff member will guide these tours along with a researcher.

Tours will go for 30 minutes with tours beginning every 10-15 minutes. There is no need to register, the tours will run for the entire length of the open day.

 Kids Science Activities

Come and explore the exciting world of health, science and medical research! There will be lots of fund and engaging things for kids and teenagers to do at the HMRI Open Day including:

  • Interactive Kids Science Sessions (Pre-school, Primary and High School kids)
  • Crazy Inventions Laboratory (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Making Neurons (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Bugs in your Body science exhibition (Primary and High School)
  • The Heart Chamber! Hands on kids workshop including: What's in our blood activity, the heart beat challenge and hands on cell making workshop (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Art and Science workshops (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Healthy Kids Football Clinic with Mark Hughes and friends (Pre-School, Primary and High School) – NB. sneakers required to participate
  • Science Fact Meets Science Fiction Talk Hosted by Dr Luke Hesson. (All ages, registrations essential)
  • ‘A Day in the Life of a Medical Researcher’: A special talk for kids who love science (Primary and High School)
  • Science Story Time with Susan Whelan (Pre-School and Primary)
  • The Human Body- Organ Challenge (Pre-School, Primary and High School)

Complete the science activities and collect a science token from each kids booth to graduate as an honorary 'Scientist'. 


Science Fact vs Science Fiction Talk (SEAT ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED)  

Ever wondered what science facts lie behind science fiction pop culure?  Hosted by Science Fiction Specialist Dr Luke Hesson from the Museum of Human Diseases, this talk is for the young and young at heart as he explains the facinating science behind some of the most famous Si Fi phenomenons.

This talk is now full. If you were lucky enough to secure registration for this event, please collect your tickets from HMRI Reception at the Open Day. 

Time: 3pm, Friday October 7th.
Location: Caves Lecture Theatre, HMRI Building 
Research and Discovery Public Seminars 

The Research and Discovery Seminars are a great way to find out from leading researchers about the latest exciting breakthroughs and what's next on the research agenda across a range of diseases and health areas. 

With a focus around a central disease, these seminars are structured as an interactive, mini Q & A style seminar. Each session will feature 2 researchers who will discuss current research, clinical practice and the future of diseases and health followed by questions from the public.

These sessions provide the opportunity for an insight into the new discoveries, new treatments and new hopes for the future. It also allows the for those attending to personally engage with researchers.

The research sessions will run for 1 hour in the Caves Lecture Theatre and will be held between 10am and 4pm on October 7th.

There is no reserved seating, please arrive early if you wish to secure a seat.


  • Healthy Ageing
  • Brain and Stroke
  • Cancer Research
  • Heart Health
  • Future of Medicine 
 Transport Information and HMRI Free Bus Service for Open Day


There is limited free parking onsite at HMRI. We encourage all visitors to utilise public transport or the free shuttle bus running all day from Hunter Stadium.

For mobility parking, please see security on entry to the HMRI carpark and we will do our best to accommodate by allocating close-by car spaces (subject to availability).


For your convenience, HMRI have arranged a free shuttle buses for transporting visitors to Open Day. A bus will leave ever 30 minutes for the entire day! Simply park at Hunter Stadium and catch the shuttle bus to and from the HMRI Building.

Download the bus timetable here!

Hunter Medical Research Institute
Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit
New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia, 2305