School of BioSciences orientation information

Are you starting BSc Honours, Master of Biotechnology or Master of Science (BioSciences) in 2020? Read on to learn what orientation events we have on offer for you.

Download the Orientation schedule for BSc Honours, Master of Biotechnology and Master of Science (BioSciences) students. The information below will explain which events are recommended for you.

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Faculty of Science Graduate Welcome

We highly recommend that all masters students attend the Graduate Welcome session. (BSc Honours students do not need to attend.)

Wednesday, 26 February, 10am–1pm, Glyn Davis Building – Basement Theatre [map]

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Master of Biotechnology

Master of Biotechnology orientation session

Wednesday 26 February, 1–3pm, Lowe Theatre (Room 103) Level 1, Redmond Barry Building [map]
At this welcome session you will meet your course and subject coordinators and learn useful academic skills, support and resources to help you throughout your degree.

Monday 2 March, 5–7pm, G26/27, Biosciences 1 [map]
This is an additional session for those who can't attend the first session. You only need to attend one session.

Master of Biotechnology postgraduate welcome lunch

Wednesday 4 March, 12–2pm, G26, Biosciences 1 [map]
Come along to meet key academic staff and current students in the Master of Biotechnology.

BSc Honours and Master of Science (BioSciences)

Master of Science (Biosciences) and Honours Orientation session

Wednesday 26 February, 1–3pm, G26/27, Biosciences 1 [map]
At this welcome session you will meet your course and subject coordinators, chat with current students and learn about the key information, resources and support available to help you throughout your degree. Register here

School of Biosciences postgraduate welcome lunch BBQ

Friday 28 February, 12–2 pm, Biosciences 4, G19 (Drummond Room) [map]
Join the School of Biosciences academic staff, professional staff and current students at the annual welcome BBQ lunch.

School of Biosciences training

Monday 24 February – Friday 28 February

Attending Orientation training sessions will give you a great head start with the School of BioSciences.

As safety protocols will depend on the work you are conducting, please review the Safety Training Courses Checklist in your BioSciences Induction document (PDF 2.3 MB) with your supervisor to determine which training sessions are relevant to you. The information below will also help determine what training you should complete.

Research Skills and Information

Monday 24 February, MM Room, 2–3.15pm
Presented by Peta Humphreys, Liaison Librarian

Fire Extinguisher Training

Monday 24 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 3.15–4.15pm [map]
Presented by Wendy Chadwick, Darren Rowe, Emergency Management Coordinator & School of Chemistry

Ergonomics

Tuesday 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 9–9.45am [map]
Presented by Rosie O'Halloran & Elise Meier, Health and Safety Services

Glass Safety

Tuesday 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 9.45–10.15am [map]
Presented by Les Gamel, Faculty of Science

Practical Aspects of Chemical Safety

Tuesday 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 10.15–11.15am [map]
Presented by Mark Rizzacasa, School of Chemistry

Intellectual Property Issues

Thursday 27 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 9.15–10am [map]
Presented by Fabian Lim, Research, Innovation & Commercialisation

Maintaining your Mental Health & Wellbeing

Thursday 27 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 10–10.30am [map]
Presented by Orania Tokatlidis Counselling & Psychological Service

Research Integrity

Thursday 27 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 10.45–11.15am [map]
Presented by Catherine Nie, Office for Research Ethics & Integrity.

Dealing with Postgraduate Life – Student Perspectives

Thursday 27 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 11.15am–12pm [map]
Presented by Jonathan White and Andrea Oliver, School of Chemistry

BioSciences School Safety Induction

Thursday 27 February, BioSciences 4, Rm G06, 1–3pm [map]

Fieldwork Information Session

Friday, 28 February, BioSciences 4, Agar Theatre, 11–12pm[map]
This course covers fieldwork safety rules and requirements for anyone who will be undertaking research off campus.

Biorisk Management Program

Friday 28 February, Biosciences 4, Agar Theatre, 1.30–2pm [map]
You must complete this session if working in a lab containing infectious agents or biological material likely to cause infection. The Biorisk Management Program is designed to reduce the risk of unintentional infection to laboratory personnel or the release of harmful infectious microorganisms into the environment.

Complying with Gene Technology Requirements (OGTR)

Friday 28 February, Biosciences 4, Agar Theatre, 2–3pm [map]
This course is compulsory for personnel working in Physical Containment Facilities certified by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and/or with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Autoclave training

TBD
If your work requires using the BioSciences autoclaves, you must be trained as a registered user. To book training, please contact Kimberley Meyers (EHS Training Officer) at ehs-biosciences@unimelb.edu.au.

Assessment required

For the following courses, you must complete a competency quiz to gain credit. After completion of the below face-to-face training sessions, you will be required to complete the equivalent courses online through TrainME. After completing any online training, please save the certificate and send a copy to ehs-biosciences@unimelb.edu.au.

Laser, X-Ray and Radiation Safety

Monday 24 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 1–2pm [map]
If working with radioactive material, lasers or X-ray you are required to complete this training.
Presented by Steve Guggenheimer, OHS&IM

Personal Protective Equipment

Tuesday, 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 3.304.30pm [map]
This training is required when working in a space that requires you to wear protective equipment. This may include noisy environments or laboratory work involving chemicals or other hazardous materials.
Presented by Bryan McGowan, OH&S, Faculty of Science.

Chemical Management

Tuesday, 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 2–3.30pm [map]
This training must be completed before working in a laboratory with chemicals. This course covers the classification of chemicals, handling and disposal. Presented by Darren Rowe, OH&S, School of Chemistry

Compressed Gas Safety

Tuesday, 25 February, Building 153, Cuming Theatre (Room 178), 3.30–4.30pm [map]
This training must be completed prior to working in a laboratory with gases and cryogenic liquids (e.g. liquid nitrogen). Presented by Bryan McGowan, OH&S, Faculty of Science.

Animal Welfare and Ethics (student session)

Friday, 28 February, Biosciences 4, Agar Theatre, 9.30–11.00am [map]
Students must complete Animal Welfare and Ethics training prior to working with animals or accessing animal facilities. Before attending the Orientation session, please complete the two e-learning modules in the 'Animal Welfare, Ethics and Record Keeping (2020)' course on TrainME. Please note that additional online and face-to-face training is required before gaining access to animal facilities. Further information is available in the BioSciences Induction document (PDF 2.3 MB).