You are invited to join us for a UQ Alumni Brunch on the Gold Coast with the Queensland Brain Institute's very own sleep and consciousness researcher, Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen.

We spend approximately one third of our lives asleep: that's roughly twenty-five years spent in our most vulnerable state - unconscious and unaware. It's an easy question to ask: what's the point?

Join Associate Professor van Swinderen to discuss the big questions at the heart of current sleep research. Why do we dream? What do different sleep stages achieve? What do your genetics have to do with how you sleep and why is it so important to sleep for so long?

Associate Professor van Swinderen and his team are working to answer these questions using fruit flies and bees to investigate the fundamental biological mechanisms behind sleep, such as the difference between normal sleep and unconsciousness.

You will also hear about the Not if, when campaign, which aims to create change throughout society, with transformative student scholarships, life-changing research and pioneering teaching initiatives.

Please join us to hear some of the latest developments in sleep research over brunch and an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alumni.

If you require more information, please email us at or phone 07 3346  3166 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm).


About Alumni Events

We can help you plan a reunion and keep you informed of upcoming events when you update your details. Stay tuned for Global Leadership Series events in 2020.

$15 per person inclusive of buffet breakfast. All funds allocated to UQ student Aspire Scholarships.


Glades Golf Club
1 Glades Drive
Robina QLD 4558