Research facility tours

Media lab in actionDuring Research Week, we'll be opening our doors to research facilities that are normally only possible to see by specialists within specific fields. Join us for these guided tours, which promise to be of great interest to attendees of all backgrounds.

Monday 5 September

Time1.15 - 2.00pm
LocationCentre for Materials and Surface Science (Tour starts at VisLab 1, room 114, Physical Sciences 1, Melbourne Campus)
DescriptionSurfaces play a key role in the manufacture and processing of many products. Surface analysis can be used to examine materials including metals, polymers, biomaterials, textiles, semiconductors, ceramics and glass. The Centre for Materials and Surface Science hosts Australia's most comprehensive surface science capability, featuring a range of X-ray analysis instruments, electron microscopes and scanning probe microscopes.
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Tuesday 6 September

Time2.15 - 3.00pm
LocationGAIT Lab (Meet for tour at room 103, Health Sciences 3, Melbourne Campus)
DescriptionThe Gait Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility within La Trobe's Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. It is used to understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, and causes, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease. This is the largest lab of its type in the southern hemisphere, and features a motion analysis system comprised of ten high-speed cameras which collect information about how people walk.
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Wednesday 7 September

Time3.45 - 4.30pm
LocationVisLab2 (Biological Sciences 2, Room 461)
DescriptionThe La Trobe Paleoscience lab is part of La Trobe University’s research focus  on the past record of human origins, migrations and interactions with changing climate and environment. The laboratory’s main focus is on the origins and spread of humans and their technology (e.g. heat treatment) throughout the globe by dating archaeological and fossil sites to understand early human biogeography.
Explore La Trobe's cutting edge archaeology research through an immersive visualisation experience in Vis Lab 2.
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Thursday 8 September

Time2.10 - 3.30pm
LocationWild life Sanctuary (La Trobe Avenue, Melbourne Campus). Meet at The Learning Commons room 214 by 2.10pm to walk to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
DescriptionLa Trobe is the custodian of over 30 hectares of woodlands and grasslands throughout its Melbourne campus. The Wildlife Sanctuary's primary aim is to provide learning experiences for all ages.La Trobe University has shown a strong commitment to the conservation and protection of indigenous animals and plants through their continued management of the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the 40 years of management a considerable amount of research has been conducted, including work on bats, possums, insects and the effects of fungal species on plant growth.
Join our Sanctuary staff on a walk through the site to learn about the research, our past, present and future.
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Friday 9 September

Time1.15 - 2.00pm
LocationMaritime Simulation Lab (Beth Gleeson building, Room 118)
DescriptionPivot Maritime have partnered with La Trobe University to promote research and development in maritime simulation and maritime practices. La Trobe University is operating and managing the Maritime Simulation Laboratory, featuring a range of Pivot Maritime simulators that can be utilised by academics, students, and other industry bodies. The Maritime Simulation Laboratory focuses on user immersion though improved visualisations, exploring the full potential of the recent international standards, improving decision support, automation, usability, and training with respect to navigation and ship handling.
See how these cutting edge simulators are helping La Trobe and Pivot Maritime develop and test solutions to real maritime industry problems.
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