Sydney Protein Group

The Sydney Protein Group

The Sydney Protein Group is made up of protein scientists and students from academia, hospitals and industry.

We meet regularly to hear updates from local and overseas speakers on the latest developments in protein science and related fields.

Scholarships and prizes are also provided to enable young scientists to attend key protein related meetings in Australia.


East Coast Protein Meeting 2022

The East Coast Protein Meeting 2022 organising committee is pleased to announce that registration for ECPM2022 is now open. ECPM2022 will be held at the Opal Cove Resort in Coffs Harbour from the 6th-8th July 2022. Due to density limits, the event will be capped at ~100 attendees. 

This conference prides itself in providing an excellent opportunity for junior protein scientists to present their work; with a high ratio of oral presentations by graduate students and postdocs to traditional presentations by senior scientists. The atmosphere is generally relaxed and informal. Topics will include proteomics, emerging techniques, protein structure analysis, interactions and functional studies.

To register and for more details on how to submit an abstract, please go to:

Earlybird registration closes on the 31st of May 2022. 
Abstracts for oral presentations closes on the 11th of May 2022.

Thompson Prize call for abstracts and Travel Awards

If you are a student or recent graduate, you could score yourself an opportunity to showcase your work, maybe win $600 and a place on our hall of fame. Not a bad deal we reckon! If this has peaked your interest, then head over to ( for details on how to apply and the fine print on eligibility. Applications close the 9th of November.

Lorne Travel Awards

Our SPG Lorne Travel Awards are now open. The Travel Awards are to help students and recent graduates defray the cost to attend the Lorne Proteins or Proteomics conferences in 2022. There will be 2–3 awards up to (a value of $500) available in this category. In addition, the Greg Ralston Award will also be available exclusively for students who have recently completed their Honours and are enrolling as PhD students.  Please see ( for application details. Applications close the 9th of November.

Sydney Protein Group Autumn Symposium

The SPG protein-nucleic acids symposium was a great success, with the sold out event bringing together members of the protein community across the state for our first in person meeting in over a year. Thanks so much to Qiagen for sponsoring the event which was followed by drinks and cheese.

See below for a few photos of the speakers

Sydney Protein Group Autumn Symposium

Come to SPG’s first in-person event for 2021! Featuring five speakers and updates from three of Sydney’s state-of-the-art research facilities. Registration is essential as places are strictly limited.

Date and Time: Thursday, 20th May, 2-7pm (includes a tea break and post-event mixer)

Venue: The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 370 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW2010

Speakers: Prof. Peter Lewis (Uni Newcastle), Prof. Merlin Crossley (UNSW), Dr Roland Gamsjaeger (WSU), Dr Fatima Valdes Mora (CCI) and Prof. Tracy Bryan (CMRI)

PhD Position Available in The Neuro Cell Biology Group, Western Sydney University

The Neuro-Cell Biology Group has a 3 year PhD stipend available to an appropriate candidate who has an interest in studying the molecular and cellular mechanistic processes in sensory neurodegenerative disorders. The applicant must have a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent); in a related discipline. The successful applicant will have some experience in the following areas: cell biology techniques including cell culture, fluorescence and confocal microscopy and flow cytometry; experience in molecular biology techniques (DNA, RNA extractions, RT-PCR); experience in biochemical assays including HPLC, FPLC and mass spectrometry; as well as experience in protein biochemistry and associated techniques would be useful.

Applications should include: a cover letter, full CV outlining details of qualifications, experience and the names of three professional referees should be emailed to:

Dr Simon Myers; Neuro-Cell Biology Laboratory, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus.

Email: s.myers [at]

Applications close: 25/02/2021

Thompson Prize call for abstracts & travel awards

This is the official call for abstracts for this year’s Thompson Prize talks. If you are a student (or recent graduate), please do consider applying! The winner will be awarded the Thompson Prize and $600 in cold, hard cash…oh, and your name will also be featured on our Hall of Fame. Details on how to apply and the fine print on eligibility can be found here: ( Applications close on Thursday the 5th of November 2020.

As always, the annual SPG Lorne Travel Awards are now open to applicants. The Awards are to help students and newly-minted Postdocs (within 12 months of award of PhD) attend the Lorne Protein or Proteomics conferences in 2021. As the Lorne Protein and Proteomics conferences are mostly virtual for 2021, the value of each award will be reduced but more awards will be available. ATA Scientific is, again, our chief sponsor for our Travel Awards (Thank you ATA Scientific!). In addition, the Greg Ralston Award will also be available and exclusively for students who have recently completed their Honours and are enrolling as PhD students. Applications close on Thursday the 5th of November 2020.

Please note that as per SPG’s recent policy change, we strongly encourage applicants to be current ASBMB members; ASBMB members will be preferentially chosen for the Thompson Prize speaking slots and Travel Awards. Remember, 1st year HDR students whose supervisor is a current ASBMB member get a year free ASBMB membership (see! towards ASBMB members.  It is noteworthy that student memberships are only $44 per year, while our awards are typically several fold higher in value. 

As mentioned in our previous announcement, the 29th Thompson Prize Talks will be held on the 26th of November and hosted by Dr. Bhumika Shah from Macquarie Uni. Unfortunately, while we are keen to have the event in-person, the current CoVID19 restrictions precludes us from doing so. Hence, the Thompson Prize will be held as a virtual meeting format. We are determined to not let this dampen the mood and the Thompson Prize tradition, and we most certainly hope you could take the time out to attend and support our student finalists! We will update you as the finer details are finalized! Stay tuned!

The Sydney Protein Group seminar series

We are proud to announce the SPG seminar series. Scheduled to be held on the last Thursday of each month at 12 noon, the current series will feature EMCR speakers selected from our list of past Thompson Prize winners.

27th August: Kate Quinlan (UNSW) and Lisanne Spenkelink (UoW)

24th September: Dezerae Cox (Uni of Melb) and Morgan Gadd (Lancaster Uni)

29th October: Arun Dass (Griffith Uni) and David Jacques (UNSW)

Summer mini symposium 2020

The Sydney Protein Group has organised an afternoon symposium featuring four local and international distinguished speakers from broad areas of protein research. This symposium has been scheduled for the afternoon of Monday the 3rd of Feb. 

We hope to see you then.

Who: Speakers include Antoine van Oijen, Marc Wilkins, Margie Sunde, Andrei Lupas

What: Summer symposium

When: Monday 3rd Feb 2020, 2-5pm, afternoon tea included

Where: Room 471, Building G08, The University of Sydney

Treasurer’s report for 2017 now available

The annual Treasurer’s report for 2017 is available here. [Posted 30th November, 2017]