Burnet at Midsumma

Burnet Institute

21 January, 2019

Burnet researchers Sophia Schroeder, Desmond Gul and Felicia Schlotthauer at Midsumma Carnival

Tens of thousands flocked to Melbourne’s riverside Alexandra Gardens for Sunday’s 2019 Midsumma Carnival, where Burnet researchers fielded queries about the institute’s work.

The carnival kicked off a two-week festival for Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ communities, providing a taste of events to come and an upbeat celebration of queer culture on a brilliant summer’s day.

Image: Burnet researchers (L-R) Aaron Osborne, Caitlin Douglass, Maria del Mar Quiroga, Jason Asselin, Erin Davidson, Debra ten Brink, and Kat Ryan

There was a steady turnover of curious visitors to Burnet’s stall, keen to find out more about the Institute’s research and public health work, including an enduring track record in ground-breaking HIV research.

Head of Public Health, Professor Mark Stoové said the strong interest is an affirmation of Burnet’s positive relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Image: Alexandra Gardens was the place to be for Midsumma Carnival

“We have a really good profile in the community, we’re very highly respected for the work that we do, especially through the many community organisations that we work with,” Professor Stoové said.

“Our presence here is important for the trust that the community has in Burnet to really engage at a community level, and it’s a great way to show off the diversity of people who work for Burnet.”

Image: Professor Mark Stoové (right) ‘conducting’ research at Midsumma Carnival

Find out more about Burnet’s HIV research.

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Professor Mark A Stoové

Head of Public Health




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