Who we are

QueersInScience is an initiative aiming to build community and improve support for LGBTQIA+ people working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.

QueersInScience is proudly hosted by the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research.  

Our vision

The vision of QueersInScience is to foster and champion inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people within STEMM organisations. QueersInScience recognises that welcoming and valuing LGBTQIA+ professionals and students is beneficial to both individuals and the organisation.

The QueersInScience vision is supported and driven by four cornerstones:

  • Visibility to empower emerging and established LGBTQIA+ professionals working in STEMM, and to showcase the important contributions that members of the LGBTQIA+ community make to the field of science in Australia. 

  • Advocacy within STEMM organisations to implement best practice policies that promote safe and inclusive workplaces for all individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.

  • Networking to provide a safe and inclusive nexus for LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEMM to engage in social and professional networking, with mentoring opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students and Early Career Researchers to meet with leaders in their field.

  • Education to raise awareness of the roles that STEMM organisations and colleagues play in creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals, by debunking stereotypes and providing resources that help implement inclusive policies, language, terminology, and pronouns.



An Evening with 500 Queer Scientists
Wed, Feb 19
The Calyx
Feb 19, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT+11
The Calyx, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Part of the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, this event will share stories of LGBTQI scientists in Sydney who have successfully followed a career path in academia while being out in the lab and to their peers. Over a glass of wine, you'll hear from a broad-spectrum of scientists.
Climate Change in Australia & Demystifying the IPCC with Dr James Driscoll and Dr Chloe Mackallah
Thu, Feb 06
The Royal Society of Victoria
Feb 06, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The third event in the Midsumma Science Lecture Series, presented by QueersInScience and The Royal Society of Victoria.
2020 Midsumma Pride March
Sun, Feb 02
Ian Johnson Oval
Feb 02, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Ian Johnson Oval, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Join QueersInScience at the 2020 Midsumma Pride March!
The Biology of Sexuality and Gender with Professor Andrew Barron and Dr Riki Lane
Thu, Jan 30
The Royal Society of Victoria
Jan 30, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The second event in the Midsumma Science Lecture Series, presented by QueersInScience and The Royal Society of Victoria.
2020 Midsumma Carnival Stall (supported by the Burnet Institute)
Sun, Jan 19
Alexandra Gardens
Jan 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Alexandra Gardens, 3 Boathouse Dr, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Come visit our stall (#189) at the Midsumma Carnival, supported by the Burnet Institute.
Exploding Binaries: Stars and Gender with A/Professor Jan J Eldrige
Thu, Jan 16
The Royal Society of Victoria
Jan 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The first event in the Midsumma Science Lecture Series, presented by QueersInScience and The Royal Society of Victoria.


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The organising committee for QueersInScience represents a range of research institutes and Universities across the Victorian STEMM sector.  



Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Dr Stephenson is pioneering the use of high throughput single-cell technologies to determine the molecular mechanism within brain malformations that cause epilepsy. She is the co-founder and co-chair of QueersInScience. 

Pronouns: She/Her



PhD Candidate, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Robbie analyses the genome and the metabolism of patients suffering from a rare eye disease to find a cure.  He is the co-founder and co-chair of QueersInScience.

Pronouns: He/Him



Laboratory Head, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Dr Gordon is untangling the molecular machinery that governs communication between brain cells to reveal the underlying causes of brain disorders.

Pronouns: She/Her



Senior Lecturer/ARC Future Fellow, Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing

Associate Professor Fisher researches star formation and how it relates to the evolution of galaxies across the history of the Universe. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since held fellowships at the University of Maryland and Swinburne before becoming a faculty member in 2017.

Pronouns: She/Her


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Research Assistant, Epilepsy Research Centre, The University of Melbourne

Matt researches the genetic causes of epilepsy and speech disorders in humans, and is the secretary of QueersInScience. 

Pronouns: He/Him



Senior Project Lead (Knowledge Translation), Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Ken helps scientists and organisations develop processes and activities that get research findings into policy and practice.  

Pronouns: He/Him



Enterprise Fellow, School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne

Michelle teaches the Master of Biotechnology at The University of Melbourne, helping to train biotechnology leaders of the future.  

Pronouns: She/Her



Postdoctoral Fellow, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne

Dr Warren is using brain imaging techniques to find novel therapies for people living with epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disabilities.  

Pronouns: He/Him 



Postdoctoral Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Dr Yang is a postdoctoral researcher that uses robots to screen for small molecules against a repertoire of biological targets. Dr Yang is currently the events manager for QueersInScience.

Pronouns: She/They



PhD Candidate, Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University

Mary investigates how the overproduction of a placenta-specific factor may impair proper placental development and inflict widespread damage to during pregnancy. Mary is one of the two Victorian state representatives for the QueersInScience National Network.

Pronouns: She/Her



PhD Candidate, La Trobe University

Haylo's research encompasses genomic, etymological and microbiological techniques to further understanding pathogenesis of neglected tropical diseases caused by filarial nematodes. Haylo is transgender and one of two QueersInScience state representatives for Victoria.

Pronouns: He/Him



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