Monash BDI welcomes visitors back to campus for Monash Open Day 2022

Crowds of prospective students at Monash Open Day, Clayton campus
Crowds of prospective students at Monash Open Day, Clayton campus

A sunny day at Monash University’s Clayton campus set the perfect scene for Monash BDI’s School of Biomedical Sciences to welcome a large cohort of prospective students, along with their family and friends, back to a face-to-face Open Day in 2022.

On Sunday 7 August, the Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building (BLTB) was buzzing with visitors where they had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with current students and staff at dedicated course information booths, hear about life on campus and immerse themselves in a range of interactive activities across biomedicine’s major discipline areas.

Professor John Carroll, Director of Monash BDI, acknowledged the incredible efforts of staff and student volunteers in welcoming thousands of visitors to Open Day on-campus for the first time since 2019.

“Open Day at Monash BDI was a huge success made possible by our staff and student’s passion and dedication. It was wonderful to see prospective students and their families show great interest and excitement to the world of biomedical sciences,” Professor Carroll said.

Visitors were also able to try their hands at correctly placing an organ in anatomical position, attempt to distinguish between pharmaceutical drug names and Pokémon characters, explore the world of florescent proteins and how they’re used in research and create their own version of a streak plate with puffy paint.

Associate Professor Priscilla Johanesen, the Associate Dean of Research Training and former Acting Director of Education, Biomedical Sciences, Monash BDI said “it was fantastic to have prospective students and their families back on-campus for Open Day this year.”

“It was a great opportunity for them to explore the campus and learn more about our Biomedical Science programs and the world-leading research of the BDI,” Associate Professor Johanesen said.

Dr Jason Massey, Head of Morphology, Ontogeny and Evolution organised activities for the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

“Our department's hands-on activities were a big hit with everyone. Families really enjoyed testing their knowledge of human anatomy by matching an organ's structure with its function, pinning anatomical structures on the human body and looking at tissues under microscopes. Families could even compete for a real 3D print by playing our Kahoot 'pub' quiz. And for the first time this year, families were able to take a tour of our newly designed Centre for Human Anatomy Education teaching spaces,” said Dr Massey.

Prospective students take part in activities on offer in the BLTB and speak with Monash BDI staff and students.

The Monash BDI was well represented with more than 100 staff and students available to speak with visitors on the day and provide tours of the BLTB - Monash’s world-class hub for undergraduate biomedical sciences students. Visitors explored all three levels of the state-of-the-art laboratories and breakout rooms.

Oliver Ward, a second-year student of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science Scholar Program, gave visitors a tour of the BLTB on Open Day. Oliver said "it was fabulous to see the BLTB come alive with the bustle of intrigue as queues of people lined up to experience the tours and the interactive activities.”

“It was exciting to see people so interested in the building and activities that I'm involved with every day at Monash," said Oliver

Monash Open Day was held across Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses, with an estimated 64,000 guests in attendance. Parkville campus, home to Monash’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold their Open Day on Sunday 21 August.

About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University
Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally renowned research teams. Spanning seven discovery programs across Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Development and Stem Cells, Infection, Immunity, Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity, and Neuroscience, Monash BDI is one of the largest biomedical research institutes in Australia.  Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.