The Institute for Glycomics Grand Ball is an annual event to raise funds for our ground-breaking research

The Institute for Glycomics Grand Ball is an annual black-tie event which is supported by Griffith University as well as the local and broader community.

It's an unforgettable night including a delicious three course meal, four-hour beverage package (beer, cider, red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, soft drinks), exciting raffle and auction prizes, live entertainment incuding a special feature comedy act, and an exclusive afterparty.

Every dollar raised through this event goes directly towards the Institute's research into finding new cures and preventions for devastating diseases of global impact.

To find out more, to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, the purchase of tickets, or the donation of raffle and auction prizes, please contact


Institute for Glycomics 21st Birthday Grand Ball presented by Meriton Group

  • Date: Saturday 14 August 2021
  • Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort Grand Ballroom
  • Time: 7 pm - 11 pm
  • Dress: Black tie
  • Cost: $220 per person (standard ticket) OR $1,600 for a table of 8 including Standard beverage package OR $2,000 for a table of 8 including Deluxe beverage package (incl GST)

What you can expect:

  • A delicious three course meal
  • A four-hour beverage package (beer, cider, sparkling wine, red wine, white wine & soft drinks)
  • Live entertainment including a special feature comedy act
  • Exciting raffle prizes
  • Live auction
  • Silent auction
  • Exclusive afterparty

Platinum Partner


Established in 1963, Meriton has made a significant impact on the Australian landscape. The private company has designed, developed and built more than 75,000 apartments and some of the tallest residential towers across the east coast of Australia. Meriton offers sales, leasing and property management services, as well as the luxury accommodation brand Meriton Suites with more than 19 locations nationwide. Meriton has spearheaded the apartment revolution with sophisticated, high-quality apartments. Its founder and managing director, property entrepreneur Harry Triguboff, is still passionately involved in the design and construction of all projects.

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Gold and Silver Partners

Gold Partner


What started out as a personal endeavour for Eco Tan’s founder and CEO Sonya Driver, who was determined to find a tanning product made from all-natural ingredients, became much more when Eco Tan made Australian history in 2011 by becoming the country’s first certified organic tanning manufacturer. Named Best Australian Organic Skincare Brand of 2020, Eco Tan continues to be a standout global leader in the organic beauty industry.

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Gold Partner


For 20 years they have proudly been fuelling the Gold Coast region by returning their profits ($2.4 million to date) back into the local communities - positively impacting thousands of lives. Their story has been one of care and something that has differentiated them from other banks.

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Silver Partner


Acknowledged as ‘the trusted name in real estate’ Lucy Cole Prestige Properties has enjoyed 21 successful years in the highly competitive South-east Queensland property market and forged a reputation for providing enthusiastic, tailored service and total commitment to each client’s needs.  We are the largest independent family agency on the Gold Coast and are renowned for achieving premium prices and going the extra distance to achieve the best outcome for our buyers and sellers.

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Bronze Partners

Triple M

The Goldie’s Own 92.5 Triple M embraces all that is the Gold Coast, with its blend of the best Rocks Greatest Hits, Sport and Comedy. Join Bridge, Spida and Flan for the commute to work as they talk about all about everything that matters to the GC.

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FB Rice

As champions of innovation, FB Rice are experts in navigating their clients’ intellectual property (IP) across the globe. A firm energised by innovation and committed to the successful protection and commercialisation of your IP.

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BARD 1 Lifes Sciences Ltd

BARD1 Life Sciences Ltd (ASX:BD1) is a leading Australian diagnostics company with an innovative portfolio of diagnostic technologies and products.

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The Layt Clinic

At The Layt Clinic, we bring quality cosmetic surgery to the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers regions, and beyond. Our practice embraces a philosophy whereby thorough individual patient assessment, the latest surgical techniques, and long-term surgeon experience, combine to provide an optimum result.

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Media and Support Partners

Fireworks Partner


Established in 1887, Spruson & Ferguson is one of the largest intellectual property (IP) service providers in the Asia-Pacific. Spruson & Ferguson has one of the largest specialist chemical/life sciences practice groups in Australia and is well established in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

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Media Partner


Hosted by Bruce Paige and Eva Milic, 9News Gold Coast has been the coast’s preferred bulletin for local viewers for the past 25 years, providing up-to-the-minute coverage on local issues and events, as well as state, national and international news.

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Media Partner

GOLD COAST BULLETIN, together with The Gold Coast Bulletin and Gold Coast Suns print editions, gives you the best and latest news, information and entertainment about the Gold Coast – Australia’s sixth largest city.

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Support Partner


Fast Proof Press is your premier printing company located in SEQ, Australia, with teams residing in New Zealand and North America. Our highly skilled, detail-oriented of over 25 printing and design experts are equipped to guide you through the entire process, nurturing and bringing your designs to life via our custom printing services.

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Support Partner


The team at Luke Marsden Photo take a fresh approach to photography. Founder Luke Marsden has 19 years’ experience and a bunch of awards - including News Limited Australia's Photographer of the Year (2014).

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Support Partner


The Edit Suite is an award-winning video production, photography, and digital creation company who specialise in producing engaging and high-quality content. Dedicated to client delivery, the creators at The Edit Suite specialise in account management, storyboard creation, timeline management, production management, and concept development.

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Born in Mackay and raised on the Gold Coast, Tracey has always had an interest in writing and a passion for news. This passion led Tracey to study a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism and Public Relations at Griffith University.

Tracey Smith’s career in journalism began in 2015, interning with the Nine and Seven Networks in Sydney before moving into a permanent role as a reporter for Seven News Mackay. She then jumped at the opportunity to help launch Nine’s Sunshine Coast newsroom in 2017 before moving to the Gold Coast in 2019.

Tracey is now a reporter for 9News Gold Coast and is the fill-in presenter for weather and news.

Two of her biggest stories have been covering the severe category 4 tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, which made landfall along the Queensland coastline. Tracey was also the lead reporter for the 2019 bushfires which ravaged the Gold Coast’s scenic rim hinterland in September 2019.

Tracey enjoys all the usual vices of food, wine, and travel. Tracey married her partner, on Saturday, 12 June 2021 in a beach ceremony at Palm Beach, Gold Coast.


Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is one of Australia’s most respected, successful and accomplished comics.

Akmal has a fascinating past. Originally immigrating to Australia from Egypt with his family nearly 30 years ago.  He sums it up in his own inimitable style – “My parents didn’t tell us where we were going.  We thought it was two hours away.  Twenty hours later, we got off a plane and we were on another planet”. This, and many other bizarre incidents dot Akmal’s life – suggesting a career in stand-up comedy was pre-ordained, either that or he should have been committed early on.

Akmal’s popularity has increased considerably over the last 10 years due to his regular appearances on national television shows such as Rove, The Glass House and “Thank God You’re Here”. As a result Akmal has toured the country with numerous sell out tours including his “Hoot” and “Gullible” tours. Akmal wrote and starred in “All Aussies are Boofta” – a sketch comedy show which enjoyed three successful seasons and critical acclaim at the legendary Harold Park Hotel, the Parramatta Riverside Theatre and The Harbourside Brasserie.

He has appeared at Festivals all around the world including Adelaide Fringe Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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McKenzie are one of the youngest bands playing at leading venues, weddings, festivals and corporate events around Australia, and with good reason. The Gold Coast based 4 piece band perform songs from the 50’s to today, backed with their high energy interaction and stage presence (sometimes with a little McKenzie twist). McKenzie’s key focus is to keep the crowd involved and to put on a great show no matter what the occasion.

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Hsin-Yi Shih (Cindy) is a professional harpist who began studying the harp at the age of 15. A proficient and accomplished musician, with a unique and beautiful tone, and a very extensive repertoire, she has studied at both the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and at the University of Auckland, where she completed her Bachelor of Music studies.

She was principal harpist with the Wellington Sinfonia, as well as casual harpist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Brisbane, Cindy has played at many private and public events throughout South East Queensland.

Cindy has performed at over one hundred weddings throughout Queensland, and for many prestigious events, such as the Governor of Queensland's private functions at Government House, Opera at the Rock at the Ivory's Rock Conference Centre, Noosa Art Gallery exhibition openings, Kenmore Village for Christmas, Michael Hill Jeweller’s VIP Night, Sherwood Anglican Church for Special Christmas Eve, twilight recital for St Paul's Anglican Parish, Ipswich, and for a television special on the Mt. Nebo vineyard retreat for the programme, the “Great South East,” and for many other private and public events and functions throughout South-East Queensland.


Our Venue Partner, RACV Royal Pines Resort, has very generously offered us exclusive use of their Hydrate Bar as the official Afterparty location for our Grand Ball guests.

Hydrate Bar is a welcoming, casual space, located on the lobby level of the hotel directly opposite the Reception area.

Following the close of our event, a cash bar will be open at Hydrate until 2 am, so guests can wind down with friends before calling it a night.

The Institute for Glycomics has arranged a private DJ to entertain guests from 11 pm until 2 am so please join us there after the close of our special event.

Sponsorship Proposal and Event Programs


2021 Glycomics Grand Ball Sponsorship Proposal


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2019 Glycomics Grand Ball Event Program


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