Culture / Science
Indigenous Knowledge – linking, learning and respecting
As Australia’s first scientists, Indigenous peoples have been observing and experimenting for thousands of years, yet their knowledge and contribution have been largely ignored by the rest of the world. While western philosophies have often focussed on controlling the natural world, Australia’s Indigenous people see themselves and the world around them collectively as part of Country.
Now, as more and more people alter their philosophy from one of extraction and control to one that strives for sustainability and living with nature, it is past time for institutions of learning, universities, and the broader community to go through a process of learning and unlearning, looking at who we are, how we live, and how we want to live. One key step in this process is for the broader society to share knowledge with Indigenous people on an equal footing, for mutual benefit – linking, learning, and respecting.
The Faculty of Science’s Dean’s Lecture Series seeks to share our knowledge and love of science with the wider community, engaging them in current research and empowering them to ask questions and take actions for a better world. The series runs throughout the year covering scientific research, discoveries and theories that play exciting or unexpected roles in shaping and advancing our society.