Magnificent microscopy: Life under a lens – News

GTAC is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a National Science Week grant, as part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, to host Magnificent Microscopy: Life under a Lens in 2018.

Ever wonder if microscopic creatures live in your local creek? What do beetles feet look like? How do plants release oxygen? Young people aged 7 – 14 will discover the answer to these and many other questions in Magnificent Microscopy. They will use GTAC’s research grade microscopes to view samples they collect from home. Scientist mentors will help them to discover and capture the intricate microscopic beauty found in nature and they will be able to take photos that they can keep and share.


Participants will have discussions with world leading scientists about problems they are trying to tackle and view authentic research specimens that have been used to make scientific breakthroughs. Topics may include climate change bionics, genetic manipulation, cancer, insecticide resistance, evolution and tropical parasites to name but a few!


Who - Young people aged 7 - 14 and their parents/guardians

When - Sunday 12th August, 2018

Where - The Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC), 77 Story Street, Parkville, 3052

Cost - This is a free event but registration prior to the day is required to attend.


  • Session A: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Session B: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Due to safety rules and regulations, young people will be required to be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times. For each parent/guardian registered, up to four young people aged 7 – 14 can be registered. A maximum of eight young people can be registered per registration.


Click here to register for this event


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