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Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Limited
2020 AAMRI Convention
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09 December 2020
Plenary Session - AAMRI - Room 1

  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM, AAMRI President

11:00 am


  • Presentation and Q&A: Dr Michael Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM

12:00 pm


  • Panel Discussion with audience Q&A
  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM

Medical research has been front and centre of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saving thousands of lives. But what role will medical research play in the nation’s recovery from the pandemic? 

In this session, the expert panel will explore the future of medical research as we emerge from the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are we investing in the right capabilities and the right health areas to prepare us for the next big, unexpected health challenge on the horizon? Can we better coordinate government funded research to ensure we are addressing the needs of the nation? What have we learned about the way we conduct research during the pandemic that will have long-lasting positive impacts?

Join the panel as they discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities for health and medical research in rebuilding post-pandemic Australia. They will also put forward suggestions for how we, as a sector, can ensure the nation is ready for any future health challenge that comes our way.

09 December 2020
12:45 pm - 1:14 pm - 09 December 2020

Day One – Lunch

Break - AAMRI - Room 1
09 December 2020
Plenary Session - AAMRI - Room 1

  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM, AAMRI President 

1:15 pm


  • Speaker: Professor Dame Sally Davies, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM

2:05 pm


Panel Chair - Professor Kathryn North AC

The future success of the Australian medical research sector is dependent on its highly skilled medical research workforce. In this session the Panel will discuss what needs to be done to ensure that medical research continues to attract and retain the best talent from both within Australia and overseas. Workforce sustainability issues, gender inequity, an absence of adequate sustainable career pathways, declining funding rates, and job insecurity have all been identified as chronic problems that make medical research a less desirable career. Over time this can lead to outstanding potential talent not pursuing a career in medical research as well as many highly skilled researchers leaving the medical research workforce. The Panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and will put forward suggestions on the changes needed to build a resilient and world-class medical research workforce.

Panel discussion and Q&A
09 December 2020
AAMRI - Room 1

  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM, AAMRI President

3:00 pm


  • Presentation and Q&A: Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO, NHMRC
  • Chair: Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM

3:50 pm


An address to the AAMRI Convention from the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.
09 December 2020
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - 09 December 2020

2020 CSL Florey Next Generation Awards

Award Ceremony - AAMRI - Awards Room