BioEYES Australia program a finalist in 2023 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards

L-R: Ms Laura Reid, Associate Professor Sharon Flecknoe and Dr Renee Rogers, BioEYES Australia team at the Engagement Australia 2023 finals.
L-R: Ms Laura Reid, Associate Professor Sharon Flecknoe and Dr Renee Rogers, BioEYES Australia team at the Engagement Australia 2023 finals.

The 2023 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards identify and celebrate engagement activities undertaken by universities that demonstrate far-reaching impact and innovation in the Australian and New Zealand economy and community.

Finalist in the Excellence in Community Engagement category, BioEYES Australia, a collaborative initiative between the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), is an innovative, exciting, hands-on science experience for primary and secondary school students, covering diverse topics including life cycles, genetics, physiology and ethics.

The BioEYES team is based at the Monash BDI and is led by Associate Professor Sharon Flecknoe, Ms Laura Reid and Dr Renee Rogers and supported by a team of educators.

Comprising both PhD trained research scientists and VIT-registered educators, the program captures students’ inherent enthusiasm and excitement for science while opening their minds to future careers in STEM.

“We were delighted that our program was nominated as a finalist in these prestigious awards. To have such recognition helps us to have greater reach and awareness in the educational community about the program’s benefits,” said Associate Professor Flecknoe.

Aligned to the Australian and Victorian school curricula, BioEYES partners with schools in an easily accessible incursion, with all equipment provided. BioEYES is regularly booked 12 months in advance, servicing approximately 33 schools and 1500-2000 students annually and has been shown to have numerous benefits including upskilling teachers and inspiring students to pursue science careers.

Due to its Australian success, the team has also recently launched the program at Monash University's Malaysia campus.

In the video below, hear from Associate Professor Flecknoe, Ms Reid and Dr Rogers as they explain what the program is and how well it works to increase student interest in studying human biosciences.

See more about Monash University’s Engagement Australia finalists.

About Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) 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.