Illuminate PitchFest

The Illuminate PitchFest will shine a light on the next generation of world-class research, happening right here at Telethon Kids Institute.

This inaugural event offers a platform for emerging researchers to develop and refine their research ideas with resources and mentorship, with ten trailblazing researchers – selected from the Institute’s internal academic panel – to pitch their research projects in the hopes of securing an Illuminate Award.

On the night, guests will be invited to vote for their favourite pitch as part of the People’s Choice Illuminate Award.

Telethon Kids Institute Chair, the Hon Julie Bishop, can attest to the value of programs like these, having personally mentored and supported the work of an early- to mid- career researcher at Telethon Kids. We are excited to have Julie share her experience on the evening, providing insight into the impact her gift and support has had.

These awards are philanthropically supported by people with a shared vision of happy, healthy kids. Following the pitches, you will have the opportunity to meet the researchers and enjoy some refreshments.

Don’t miss out – secure your ticket now! We can’t wait to see you there. If you would like to support an Illuminate Award or find out more about Illuminate PitchFest please email


What is Illuminate?

At Telethon Kids our greatest asset is our people. We are strongly invested in the future of child medical research welcoming, nurturing, and encouraging the best and most innovative Australian and international researchers. However, our best and brightest researchers face an increasingly competitive environment in securing research funding.

This means substantial delays in research and even career insecurity, particularly for early and mid-career researchers.

Read more here


This is an in-person event.



  • Wednesday 15 February 2023
     February 15, 2023
     6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Venue Phone: 08 6319 1000

Venue Website:

Level 6 (East), Northern Entrance Perth Children’s Hospital, 15 Hospital Avenue, NEDLANDS, Western Australia, 6009, Australia


In August 2018, Telethon Kids moved to our current facility at the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) on the QEII Medical Centre campus. Our co-location with PCH and other health and research organisations allows for greater collaboration between our researchers, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals to deliver better outcomes for children.

With a footprint across seven floors of PCH, our purpose-built facility features more than 7000sqm of workspace and 2000sqm of laboratories, as well as dedicated clinical suites and a cryogenics facility.

The Manda is located on Level 6, East at the Telethon Kids Institute office in PCH. We ask that visitors please make your way to the external doors of the Telethon Kids Discovery Centre located at the Northern Entrance of PCH, close the multi storey carpark and Kids Bridge, where you will then be checked in.


We respectfully ask you not to visit the Institute if you:

  • are under direction from WA Police, WA Health or a COVID-19 testing centre to self-isolate / quarantine

Or, in the last 7 days have had any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (37.5 degrees Celsius) or history of fever
  • Acute respiratory infection (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea


For more information on visiting Telethon Kids Institute, including public transport options and parking facilities, visit;

Parking is limited, so we encourage carpooling or taking public transport. Use the Transperth JourneyPlanner to help map your journey.

If you have any question, please call (08) 6319 1000.

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