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Connecting Women Lunch

May 19, 2023 @ 11:45 am - 4:00 pm AEST

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We’re looking forward to an afternoon filled with inspiration, connection and celebration.

Event details

Date: Friday 19 May 2023
11:45am: Registration opens
12:00pm: Pre-lunch drinks and networking
12:30pm to 3:00pm: Three-course lunch and program
3:00pm to 4:00pm:
Post-lunch networking function
Format: In-person only
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom, 25 Collins St, Melbourne
Keynote speaker:
Associate Professor Misty Jenkins, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Host: Jeff Malone, CEO, BioMelbourne Network
In-person: Members $200; Non-Members $320
All CSL, Seqirus and CSL Behring registrations must go through their office for bookings

Seating arrangements

Upholding the traditional values of the lunch, we will be carefully curating an allocated seating plan for all guests who purchase general release tickets. Whether you have bought a ticket independently or purchased collectively as part of a group, all guests will be spread out throughout the room and we cannot guarantee that you will be seated with friends.This provides a powerful platform for networking, diversity, fostering new connections, and exploring opportunities for growth and collaboration.We trust you will enjoy the experience of engaging with like-minded individuals who you may not ordinarily have the opportunity to connect with. There will also be ample opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues during the networking functions before and after the lunch.

Dietary requirements

When booking general release tickets, please ensure you specify relevant dietary requirements for yourself and/or those you are booking for (please state dietary needs as simply as possible). Given the large number of guests expected at this lunch, we kindly ask that dietary requests are reserved for those with specific food needs or restrictions.Specific food needs may include: vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, no red meat, no seafood, low FODMAP, Halal (please contact us directly should you require Kosher).Food restrictions (allergies or intolerances): if applicable, please ensure you specify ‘allergy to [food type]’ or ‘intolerance to [food type]’ when booking.Any queries, please contact Nicole Pitcher on npitcher@biomelbourne.org or 03 9667 8181.

Cancellation Policy

General release tickets:
Full refund can be given up to 4 weeks prior to the event.
No refunds will be made within 4 weeks of the event.

Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors


BioMelbourne Network is delighted to announce our support for Dreams2Live4 through our 2023 Connecting Women Lunch

Dreams2Live4 is the only charity in Australia that grants life changing dreams for adults 17 years and over who are living with cancer that has spread, relapsed blood cancer and high-grade brain tumours.You can make a difference by filling out our donation slip or by making a cash donation during our Connecting Women Lunch. If you prefer to donate online, just click here.

Associate Professor Misty Jenkins - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 

Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. Misty leads the immunotherapy program within the Brain Cancer Centre and is dedicated to discovering novel immunotherapy targets for high grade gliomas in adults and children. Her research also focusses on understanding T cell activation and uses cutting edge two-photon microscopy combined with mouse models of brain cancer to investigate the tumour microenvironment and uncover unique biology of brain tumours.

Misty has a PhD in Immunology from The University of Melbourne, followed by postdoctoral positions at The Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

A/Prof Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015), was awarded the Top100 Women of Influence award (2016) and was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2020.

In addition to her research career, A/Prof Jenkins is experienced in governance and strategy as a company Director, co-chairs a Federal Health Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and is a passionate advocate for gender equity and Indigenous Health and education.



May 19, 2023
11:45 am - 4:00 pm
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BioMelbourne Network
+61 3 9667 8181


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