Life as a Clinician-Scientist

Do you want to push the boundaries of knowledge as part of your career in medicine or health? And take what you learn at the bedside to change and improve health and care?

Life as a Clinician-Scientist (LACS) events aim to encourage and inspire medical and other clinical students, junior doctors, trainees, and early career researchers to incorporate their practice with health and medical science. These events, which take place in person and online, feature keynotes and discussion panels from Australia’s leading clinician-scientists, with opportunities to ask questions and seek advice from experienced experts.

What is a clinician-scientist?

Clinician-scientists, or clinician-researchers, bring invaluable skills that allow them to solve clinical questions and provide deep scientific insights into human biology. They combine working with patients with research to have major impacts on care and public health.

Our events showcase the many pathways to this exciting and rewarding career, which leads to a lifetime of challenge, discovery and fulfilment.

"I really loved hearing about how people's interests and passions can eventuate into research in every area of medicine"

– Past attendee

About the events

At these events, our Fellows and other researchers share their stories about how the unique combination of clinical practice and science allow them to work with patients and take insights from the bedside to answer fundamental scientific questions, then translate them back to improving patient care.

Topics include: getting started, the value of mentorship, research and clinical career paths, work-life balance, and more. There are also specific events held for those working in allied health and in nursing and midwifery.

During the pandemic we are hosting online and in-person events where we can.


“As a final semester student I really loved hearing about the journey of clinician scientists from early career to those with more years of experience. I loved hearing the tips, how realistic the panellists were about pros and cons, and the very encouraging atmosphere.”


I loved the variety in experience and how approachable everyone was.”


“I found the career paths interesting and how the different researchers integrated research differently into their professional practices.”

Upcoming events

Visit our events page to find more information on upcoming Life as a Clinician-Scientist events.*





Queensland LACS



Allied Health LACS



Victoria LACS

Online and in person

1 September

South Australia LACS

In person


New South Wales LACS

In person


First Nations LACS



Nursing/midwifery LACS – alternates yearly with allied health





* Events are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.

View past events

Be inspired by Australia’s eminent clinician-scientists.

Find videos from past events in our video library, including talks from Professors Ian Frazer, Ingrid Scheffer, Sharon Lewis, Rinaldo Bellomo, Sandra Eades and Brendan Crabb.

Get involved

Upcoming Life as a Clinician-Scientist events can be found on our Events page.

Please contact our Events Manager Claire Vaz if you would like to attend or volunteer to help with an event: [email protected]


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