Celebrate Indigenous Science

What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used as bush medicine? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60,000+ years of Indigenous culture? Find out the answers to these questions and more during the Indigenous Science Experience Online presented during National Science Week with support from Inspiring Australia.

This year, the Indigenous Science Experience Online will consist of a series of free workshops and presentations that will showcase a wide range of Indigenous and Western science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Presented by Indigenous secondary students, Elders and community members as well as STEM outreach providers from various organisations, each session is a unique opportunity for the public to learn from the significant and fascinating knowledge in science and technology that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community members possess.

“I encourage everyone to register for our online sessions,” says Associate Professor Joanne Jamie, co-director of the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) based at Macquarie University.

Since 2012, the Indigenous Science Experience at the Redfern Community Centre has highlighted the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and its relevance to our everyday lives. In 2021, the online format will continue this tradition.

Register now to attend the following online sessions:

  • Harnessing Knowledge of the Land and the Sea – Yaegl Community (Aunty Glenda MacPhail and Uncle Ron Heron), Sarah and James Thomas (South Coast Seaweed), Dr Pia Winberg and Professor Peter Ralph.
    Monday, August 16, 2021, 7.00-8.00 pm. Register to attend
  • Indigenous History and Artefacts – Paul Craft-Burragun, Burragun Aboriginal Cultural Services. Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 7.00-8.00 pm. Register to attend
  • Exploring the Fascinating Lives of White-bellied Sea-Eagles through EagleCAM – Judy Harrington, BirdLife Southern NSW. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm. Register to attend
  • Stories and Structures – from Micrographs to Art – Dr Jenny Whiting, Gamilaraay artist Arkeria Rose Armstrong and Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7.00-8.00 pm. Register to attend
  • Global Indigenous Engineering – David Harrington, Stone and Bones. Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7.00-8.00 pm. Register to attend
  • Indigenous Astronomy in Australia – Uncle James Ingram, Robert Fuller and Trevor Leaman. Friday, August 20, 2021, 7.00-8.30 pm. Register to attend

Further workshops will also be available for children and families soon – look out for details on the NISE website. They will also be announced by NISEP on Facebook and Twitter @NISEP01. 

Organised by the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), Macquarie University and Redfern Community Centre, this event is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.