HMRI Open Day 2017

October 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
HMRI Open Day 2017

The much anticipated annual HMRI Open Day will be held again on Friday 6th October 2017. Over 4000 community members enjoyed a fun-filled and informative day in 2016 and this year is set to be even better! Experience a range of interactive activities and events including:

  • Research Booths 
  • Kids Science Sessions 
  • Research and Discovery Seminars
  • Laboratory Tours
  • Zombie talk hosted by Dr. Luke Hesson from The Museum of Human Disease


Interactive Health and Research Expo
The 2017 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 fingertips at the HMRI Health and Research Expo in 2017.  The public will also have the opportunity to observe research being done first hand in each of the laboratories throughout the building.

Laboratory Tours

All 4 levels of the HMRI Building will be open to the public at the 2017 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 15 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 fun and engaging activities for kids and teenagers to do at the HMRI Open Day including:

  • Interactive Kids Science Sessions (Pre-school, Primary and High School kids)
  • Crazy Invention Labs (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Art and Science workshops (Pre-School, Primary and High School)
  • Zombie Talk Hosted by Dr Luke Hesson. (All ages)
  • PLUS many, many more!! Stay tuned for more exciting activities to come. 

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

Zombie Talk with Dr. Luke Hesson
Ever wondered if Zombies could be possible? Would you like some training to defeat possible Zombie diseases? Perhaps you’d like some tips on preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse?  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 presents on the science behind Zombies. This event aims to take Zombie references back to their scientific basis in a fun and informative format. 

TIME: 10am, Friday 6th October
LOCATION: Caves Lecture Theatre, HMRI Building 
Research and Discovery 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 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.

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

10am - Zombie Talk with Dr. Luke Hesson
11am - Kids Health
12pm - Mental Health
1pm - Gut Health & The Microbiome
2pm - Cancer
3pm - Stroke
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 McDonald Jones 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 BUS for transporting visitors to Open Day. A bus will leave every 30 minutes for the entire day! Simply park at McDonald Jones Stadium and catch the shuttle bus to and from the HMRI Building.


Open Day is HMRI’s largest and most important community engagement event, showcasing to the community the difference medical research makes to the lives of people in Newcastle and around the world. We need the help of some amazing volunteers to lend a hand on the day to help make Open Day a success.

Click here to find out more.


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