Looking back, moving forward: The sky and stars

The sky and stars 

The sky and stars hold significant cultural and spiritual importance for Indigenous Australians. They have developed rich and intricate astronomical knowledge and stories that are deeply integrated into their cultural and spiritual practices.

Join the Australian Academy of Science for the fifth instalment of the 2023 public speaker series as our speakers explore how Indigenous knowledges of our sky and the stars are informing and inspiring.

Speakers 

  • Mr Des Mongoo, Chair, Wajarri Liaison Committee 

In November 2022, after nearly seven years of negotiation, traditional custodians of the Murchison region in Western Australia consented to a $3 billion radio telescope to be built on their ancestral lands. Mr Des Mongoo, Chair of the Wajarri Liaison Committee was involved in these negotiations, and joins us to discuss the process, the benefits to his community, and the importance of the agreement with the Australian Government.

  • Associate Professor Duane Hamacher, University of Melbourne  

Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on cultural, social, historical, and heritage aspects of astronomy and meteoritics. His recently published book, The First Astronomers: How Indigenous Elders read the stars, reveals the rich knowledge of the stars and the planets held by First Peoples around the world. Duane joins us remotely to explore what we can learn about our sky and stars from Traditional Knowledge holders here in Australia.


Event details

Date: Tuesday 10 October

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm AEDT

Venue: The Shine Dome and online


Thank you to our series convenors

  • Professor Tom Calma AO FAA FASSA (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Jordan Pitt (University of Adelaide)
  • Vanessa Sewell (University of New England)

Thank you to our series supporters

  • The Edge Catering

This event is part of the 2023 public speaker series. More information and event recordings are available on the series event page

Contact Information

events@science.org.au 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM October 10, 2023
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The sky and stars 

The sky and stars hold significant cultural and spiritual importance for Indigenous Australians. They have developed rich and intricate astronomical knowledge and stories that are deeply integrated into their cultural and spiritual practices.

Join the Australian Academy of Science for the fifth instalment of the 2023 public speaker series as our speakers explore how Indigenous knowledges of our sky and the stars are informing and inspiring.

Speakers 

  • Mr Des Mongoo, Chair, Wajarri Liaison Committee 

In November 2022, after nearly seven years of negotiation, traditional custodians of the Murchison region in Western Australia consented to a $3 billion radio telescope to be built on their ancestral lands. Mr Des Mongoo, Chair of the Wajarri Liaison Committee was involved in these negotiations, and joins us to discuss the process, the benefits to his community, and the importance of the agreement with the Australian Government.

  • Associate Professor Duane Hamacher, University of Melbourne  

Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the  at the . His research focuses on cultural, social, historical, and heritage aspects of astronomy and meteoritics. His recently published book, The First Astronomers: How Indigenous Elders read the stars, reveals the rich knowledge of the stars and the planets held by First Peoples around the world. Duane joins us remotely to explore what we can learn about our sky and stars from Traditional Knowledge holders here in Australia.


Event details

Date: Tuesday 10 October

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm AEDT

Venue: The Shine Dome and online


Thank you to our series convenors

  • Professor Tom Calma AO FAA FASSA (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Jordan Pitt (University of Adelaide)
  • Vanessa Sewell (University of New England)

Thank you to our series supporters

  • The Edge Catering

This event is part of the 2023 public speaker series. More information and event recordings are . 

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Contact Information

events@science.org.au 

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM October 10, 2023

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