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Professorial lecture - Prof. Ruth WallaceTerritorians urged to cause disruption

02 July 2018

The people of Northern Australia can take the lead in the future development and change of the region and cause the next major disruption in their lives, according to a Charles Darwin University academic.

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Dean Professor Ruth Wallace will present the first Professorial Lecture for 2018 titled “Indigenous Advantage: can Northern Australia lead through innovation?” on Wednesday, 11 July.

The lecture will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the CDU Theatre, Casuarina campus. All welcome, but bookings are essential: RSVP to E: or T: 08 8946 6554. Read more...

Dr Andrew TaylorPopulation forum coincides with 25-million milestone

02 July 2018

The number of people living in Australia will conveniently reach the 25-million mark this month, about the same time that leading demographers, statisticians and researchers gather in Darwin for a national population conference. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow and conference organiser Dr Andrew Taylor said a broad range of trends and issues would be examined during the three-day event, starting 18 July.

“One of the topics we’ll look at is the Australian population, which is on the cusp of a noteworthy milestone and growing at a particularly fast rate for a developed nation,” Dr Taylor said. Read full story here

NAIDOC 2018CDU gears up for NAIDOC Week

02 July 2018

The university will celebrate NAIDOC week with a series of events on the theme “Because of Her, We Can” from 9 July to13 July. During the celebrations CDU will recognise the achievements of the many Indigenous women who have made significant contributions to the university. The events being organised by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Northern Institute and CDU Library include the launch of the Djambarrpuynu Dictionary, an exhibition, the Indigenous Language and Research Forum, and lectures.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Barry Judd said Indigenous women had inspired and driven change for staff and students.

“This is an opportunity to acknowledge the Indigenous women in our university community – their achievements, their voice, and passion to empower past generations and pave the way for generations to come,” Professor Judd said.

STEM Grant

Grant to support women in STEM

02 July 2018

Charles Darwin University is one of 22 organisations sharing in more than $4 million worth of Federal Government grants as part of the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme.

CDU Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace said the programme engaged entrepreneurship.

“The programme will be a catalyst in enabling women to drive evidence based approaches, innovation and unique solutions to the challenges and opportunities of northern Australia,” Professor Wallace said. Read more...

For a list of grant recipients, visit W:

Yolngu Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy

Language classes a must before Garma Festival

02 July 2018

People attending the Garma Festival in Gulkula, north-east Arnhem Land this year have the opportunity to undertake workshops in language and culture to enhance their experience and learning. College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, with the Australian Indigenous Language Institute, will hold two short intensive Yolngu language and culture courses in July in advance of the festival.

Yolngu Studies Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy said it was important to have an understanding of language and culture when visiting Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Linguist Cathy Bow said the workshops, to be held in Darwin, were available to anyone who wanted to become more familiar with Yolngu language and culture.

The four-day intensive language learning workshop “Yolngu Mala Wangany: Yolngu are One” will run from 23-26 July from 9am to 1pm. Click here for more details


Gotha and Former Governor General

NI researcher Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) awarded AM

11 June 2018

KATHY Guthadjaka has been awarded an AM for significant service to the Indigenous community through contributions to education and cultural preservation in East Arnhem Land.

The distinguished campaigner’s service includes:

      • SENIOR Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, current.
      • EDUCATOR Shepherdson College Galiwin’ku, 48 years.
      • GAWA Christian School - Elcho Island
      • HOMELAND Visiting Teacher, since 1990s.
      • FORMER Assistant Teacher and Language/Cultural Consultant.
      • HELPED establish the community and the school.

Her other awards and recognition includes:RECIPIENT, Northern Territory Female Elder on Country Award, NT NAIDOC Committee, 2015 and; SENIOR Australian of the Year, Northern Territory, 2018. NT News story

Marianne St ClairForum to highlight broadband benefits to Indigenous health

04 June 2018

Northern Institute research fellow Marianne St Clair will join other experts to discuss the advances in connectivity and digital inclusion in regional, rural and remote Australia at the Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum VII this week 6-8 June. The conference is supported by Northern Institute. Read the story HERE

Linda Ford & Alby MarshNI Project wins National Science Exchange Program - Collaboration Award 2018

01 June 2018

We won!!! NI researchers Dr Linda Ford and Professor Ruth Wallace with Plant and Food Research (NZ) Alby Marsh have won the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre 2018 Collaboration Award: For the demonstration of exemplary collaboration skills, bringing together different disciplines and organisations in novel ways for better plant biosecurity outcomes. Linda and Alby accepted the award which recognised their research project ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement: A Focus on Biosecurity Threats’.

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Read more about their award winning project HERE