2nd Annual EMBL Australia PhD Symposium
Completing the Pipeline:
From Biology to Bioinformatics and Back Again
25th – 27th November 2015; Bio21 Institute, Melbourne


Travel Grants

For the symposium our sponsors have enabled several general $300 travel grants. We'll also have a travel grant sponsored by the Harry Perkins institute to support a student attending from Western Australia. These are great to subsidise your travels to the symposium, but also look great on your resume! If you wish to apply for any of the travel grants, please submit an abstract and include a 100-word motivation in your conference registration. The motivation should contain why you need and deserve the travel grant.


Travelling to Bio21. From the CBD, take the 59 tram (along Elizabeth St) or take the 55 tram (along William St) to Park Dve. Tram Stop 15 is closest to Bio21.

How to travel within Melbourne

Melbourne public transport uses the myki card for its ticketing system. The myki card is a rechargeable smart card that can be purchased and topped up at all 7-Eleven stores, ticket office window at most train stations and convenience stores. Visitors may like to purchase a Myki Visitors pack. This card is required for any travel on metropolitan trains, trams and buses. You are required to ‘touch on’ your myki card at the Myki readers either on the vehicle or at the train stop. For more information about pricing and travel zones please see the Victorian Public transport website. Unfortunately, concession fares are only available to students with a verified Victorian student’s concession card and thus unavailable for interstate students. A full fare Myki card will cost $6 not including travel fare.

Melbourne is divided into 2 public transport zones, Zone 1 and 2. There is also the Free Tram Zone in Melbourne CBD. Travel on trams within this zone is free, and you don’t need a myki, however, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket. The Free Tram Zone signs at tram stops will identify the boundaries of the zone. Unfortunately, Bio21 is outside the Free Tram Zone and myki will be required if you intend to travel to Bio21 by tram.

Documents and Visas

Applicants from certain countries may need to acquire special travel documents (such as visas) to visit to Australia. Applicants are strongly encouraged to check with the local Australian Authorities (Embassies or Consulates) about the need of special travelling documents. Visa and document processing can be time consuming so applicants are advised to make such arrangements as soon as possible. Participants unable to obtain a visa following Symposium registration will not be granted a refund. Applicants are required to independently supply the correct documents for visa applications, however, upon request, the Organising Committee can issue a formal letter of acceptance to the symposium for the purposes of obtaining a visa. Please be aware that no visa letters will be issued before payment of the registration fee. The organising committee cannot be held responsible for any refusal, on behalf of Australian authorities, to enter Australian territory.
As a starting guide, symposium participants are encouraged to visit the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for information on visa requirements as well as contact their local Australian Authorities.


The EMBL Australia PhD Symposium 2015 will be held at Bio21, located close the the University of Melbourne main campus.



Accommodation will be available at the University of Melbourne colleges. More information coming soon.