News and events

News and events

Stay connected with your alma mater

Graduates from Macquarie University are part of an incredible alumni community.

Reconnect with Macquarie by joining us at an event – on campus, in the Sydney CBD or another city across Australia or the world. It's a fabulous way to update your knowledge and rapidly expand your horizons.

We run inspirational networking events and thought leadership sessions, as well as career events for new graduates and students.

For the latest updates from the University and our Alumni team:

Events in Sydney

Events in other regions

Global Alumni Impact series

Find out the latest developments at Macquarie. Network with other Macquarie alumni and university staff. Be inspired by guest speakers in lectures, panel discussions and seminars held in:

  • Australia – Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Asia-Pacific region – Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Singapore
  • Europe – London
  • North America – New York.

Chapters and global networks

Volunteer alumni in Chapters and informal networking groups organise their own networking events. Visit the Global Alumni Network for details.

Past events

We capture highlights from events around the globe to show you what happens at our alumni gatherings.


  • "How Australian scientists are shaping NASA's 2020 mission to the red planet"

    19 May 2017

    Dr Abigail C Allwood

    The first Australian and the first woman to lead a team at NASA, Dr Allwood is a field geologist who specialises in the oldest records of life on Earth. One of seven principal science investigators on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission, Allwood designed an instrument called the Planetary X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL), which will travel to Mars and search for evidence of life using X-ray technology to examine rock samples. Growing up in Brisbane, Allwood studied at Queensland University of Technology and Macquarie University, and was part of the research team whose groundbreaking work in the Pilbara identified rocks that were 3.43 billion years old – widely accepted as the oldest evidence of life on Earth.

  • "5 ways to boost your memory" New Idea

    18 May 2017

    Professor Amanda J. Barnier

    You might think cramming information for a test the night before will improve your performance, but you’re better off hitting the sack early. ‘We know sleep is really important for consolidating memories,’ ¿says Amanda Barnier, Professor of Cognitive Science

  • "Tooling up for Mars" Cosmos Magazine

    02 Feb 2016

    Dr Abigail C Allwood

    Abigail Allwood has designed an instrument that will search for life on the Red Planet, due to be fixed on the Mars 2020 Rover Mission in search for life.

  • "Sex, fish and mentoring" MQ This Week

    06 Nov 2015

    Professor Amanda J. Barnier

    Professor Amanda Barnier has received the Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership at the 2015 Research Excellence Award for her work using hynosis to investigating puzzling psychological phenomena and address important real-world problems.

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