Pop the corks – the School of Biological Sciences turns 21!

26 February 2014
SBS turns 21 - pic of Gillian LEWIS

When the School of Biological Sciences was born in the early 90s –a marriage of the departments of biochemistry, botany, zoology, and cellular and molecular biology – it housed a modest 41 academic staff and 27 postgraduate students. At the time, the internet was barely known outside universities and DNA profiling was in its infancy.   

Both science and SBS have come a long way. We can’t imagine life now without the internet or DNA forensics. The school is now home to more than 200 staff and 1100 students and various  commercial research bodies that work in partnership with it.   

To celebrate its 21st birthday, SBS is preparing an alumni gala on March 18 in the gardens of Old Government House.

SBS Director Professor Gillian Lewis, pictured, says ‘SBS turns 21’ will be a celebration of SBS’ contribution to society and science, its diversity, and its vast and varied collaborations. 

“We are looking forward to having our alumni join us to celebrate everything that SBS and its people have achieved over the years,” she says.

Keynote speakers are Professor Rod Dunbar, Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, which targets serious human disease, and whale and dolphin researcher Dr Rochelle Constantine.  Various stands will showcase the work of SBS’ researchers.


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