Coming of age as Babylab turns 15

Parents, babies and children are invited to the University of Western Sydney’s Bankstown campus on Saturday the 29th of June for a morning of free entertainment to celebrate the 15th birthday of the world famous MARCS Babylab research centre.

From 10am the University campus will be transformed into a special playground for children and their families, with face painting, balloon twisting and a petting zoo to help the community mark the milestone.

The UWS Babylab is a special research centre in the MARCS Institute designed for babies and their parents. Walk into the lab and chances are you’ll hear the sounds of animated babies giggling and babbling with glee as they take part in the fun games that have been scientifically designed to give researchers a glimpse into the building blocks of language.

By recording babies’ interactions with these specially designed Babylab games, as well as analysing the way parents interact with their little ones, our researchers have gained important new insights into areas such as hearing impairment, reading difficulties such as Dyslexia, the beneficial effects of parents singing to their babies, and the way that ‘babytalk’ actually provides babies with crucial language skills well before they understand their native language properly.

MARCS Institute Director, Professor Denis Burnham, says the support of the local community has been amazing.

“Like a child that has grown up and matured before your very eyes, it’s hard to believe the Babylab is really 15 years old,” says Professor Burnham.

“We have made many amazing breakthroughs in this time, and without the support of local parents and their babies none of this would have been possible.”

“Our 15 year birthday celebration is the perfect way to say thank you to the community.”

Parents, children and anyone with an interest in science and research are invited to the Babylab’s 15th Birthday.

Please email your RSVP to or phone Rachel on 9772 6313.


18 June 2013 

Contact: Mark Smith, Media Officer

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