HMRI Open Day 2018

October 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
HMRI Open Day 2018

The much anticipated annual HMRI Open Day will be held again on Friday 12th October 2018.  This year is set to be bigger and better than ever!  Experience a range of interactive activities and events including:

  • Health and Medical Research Expo 
  • Kids Interactive Science Activities 
  • Research Seminars
  • Laboratory Tours
  • Science Fact Meets Fiction Zombie Talk hosted by Dr. Luke Hesson from The Museum of Human Disease

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Interactive Health and Research Expo
The 2018 Open Day will host a multi-level interactive 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 wellbeing, ground breaking research from across the health spectrum will be right at your fingertips at the HMRI Health and Research Expo in 2018.  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 2018 Open Day. The lab tours will include Cancer/Genetics, Mother & Babies Laboratories as well as HMRI's world class Clinical Trials Centre. 

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 about 15 minutes and will begin approximately every 30 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:

  • Join in the Interactive Kids Science Sessions (all ages)
  • Journey through the amazing Poo Palace and Lung Loft (ages 3 and up) 
  • Take part in science experiments and challenges (all ages)
  • Become a HMRI Scientist for the Day (primary and high school) 
  • Play in the Crazy Inventions Laboratory (all ages)
  • Come along to the Science Fact Meets Science Fiction Zombie Talk (ages 5 and up recommended) 
  • Plus lots, lots, LOTS more.

Complete a series of fun science challenges on the day and kids will be awarded a real researcher lanyard and get a photo with our mad scientist in the photo booth.  

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 12th October
Location: Caves Lecture Theatre - Level 4

NB. There might be some gory images. Recommended for ages 5+ at parent's discretion.​

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 2pm.

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

10am - Science Fact Meets Fiction Talk for Kids
11am - Stroke Research
12pm - Respiratory Research
1pm - Health and Physical Activity Research
Super Science Girls

For the very first time HMRI is offering a special super science girls program at the 2018 Open Day.

Hosted by some seriously awesome female science superheroes, girls will get an insight into the exciting world of STEM and science. Our Super Science Girls will:

  • Embark on a private all access backstage tour of a working cancer laboratory
  • Complete a series of science challenges with a medical researcher
  • Discover a range of exciting careers for girls in science
  • Listen to a range of wonderful doctors, researchers and scientists talk about their journey into science.
  • Graduate as the honorary first class of ‘Super Science Girls’ and have a photo with our mad scientist.

Recommended for any girl aged 10-15 who has an interest in science, medicine or STEM subjects at school.

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Redhead Room, Level 3

Places are limited and registrations are essential.

Applications closed 28 September 2018 - click here for more info 

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 20-30 minutes for the entire day! Simply park at McDonald Jones Stadium and catch the shuttle bus to and from the HMRI Building.

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