Scholarship supports Indigenous scientists to meet parliamentarians

March 19, 2018
(L to R) EQUS Director and Academy Fellow Professor Andrew White; scholarship recipients Mr Bradley Moggridge, Dr Kalinda Griffiths and Ms Amy Searle; and Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia.  

Three Indigenous scientists attended the annual Science Meets Parliament event in February under a Science & Technology Australia scholarship supported by the Academy and the ARC Centre for Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS). 

This year’s scholarship recipients were cardiovascular researcher Ms Amy Searle (VIC, Latji Latji Nation), water scientist Mr Bradley Moggridge (ACT, Kamilaroi Nation), and data scientist Dr Kalinda Griffiths (NT, Yawuru Nation). They joined the approximately 200 scientists, technologists and STEM professionals who met with Australian senators and members of parliament to share their enthusiasm for science and information about their work and discipline.

Gender, cultural and discipline diversity was a focus for this year’s event, with 30 ‘Superstars of STEM’ also attending.

The first day focused on professional development, with delegates hearing from leaders in policy, media, science and technology, and advocacy, while on the second day delegates met privately in small groups with parliamentarians and attended a parliamentary forum.

The Academy’s contribution supported travel costs for the scholarship recipients, giving them a valuable opportunity to build a profile for their important work.

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