See how the Faculty of Science is working to lead Indigenous research, engagement and knowledge through a shared endeavour to expand human scientific knowledge.
I am committed to improving the lives and livelihoods of all Indigenous Australians. My role is to foster new and bolster existing efforts to both empower Indigenous communities and help make the University of Melbourne a more inclusive place for Indigenous people.
The Faculty of Science has a key role to play in these endeavours, and will reach them through robust research partnerships and engagement with communities. Guided by the University of Melbourne's Reconciliation Action Plan [PDF, 11.5 MB], there are three main areas in which we are working towards these commitments.
We're offering a new fellowship to attract, support, and retain outstanding early career Indigenous Australian researchers. Find out more and apply for the Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (Indigenous).
Indigenous Knowledge: Linking, learning, respecting
Watch the final Faculty of Science Dean’s Lecture for 2021, with a powerful panel discussion about Indigenous peoples as Australia’s first scientists, and their deep and enduring connection as part of Country.
Contributing to Indigenous research and teaching
An important element of teaching and research within the Faculty of Science is to acknowledge Indigenous connections to Country, and to work towards greater research, engagement and inclusion with Indigenous Australia.
Engaging Indigenous students in Science
We are actively working to increase the pool of talented young Indigenous Australians capable of becoming future leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Making the University of Melbourne a more inclusive place for Indigenous people
The Faculty of Science aspires to lead Indigenous engagement and reconciliation through a shared endeavour to expand human knowledge in all aspects of the sciences.
Initiatives we're involved in
Indigenous Knowledge Institute
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is one of five current Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes, aiming to advance research and education in Indigenous knowledge systems.
We work closely with Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, on our initiatives in teaching, learning and research.
The Narrm Oration
The Narrm Oration is the University’s key address that profiles leading Indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia.
Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE)
RISE is a free week-long camp for Indigenous Year 9 and 10 students who are excited about science, technology, engineering, and maths.
Rock Art Australia
Tiwi Land Council Science Reference Committee
Photo of June Oscar at the 2017 Narrm Oration by Peter Casamento. Photo of Clarence Strait courtesy of European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.