Divers planning their 25th annual tropical rock lobster survey in the Torres Strait. Our researchers has been working to develop a scientific way to integrate cultural factors into natural resource management.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in science and technology roles across the country are being encouraged to enter the inaugural Deadly Award for Scientist or Science Project of the Year.
The CSIRO-sponsored award aims to recognise the significant contribution made by Indigenous people working in science roles or science projects.
Nominees are encouraged from all scientific fields, from environmental management to astronomy and space sciences.
Our Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark said the awards aim to showcase outstanding individuals and projects and encourage others to take on science careers.
“If we look here, just at CSIRO, we’ve got Indigenous people working across a range of areas, including plant ecology, social sciences, fire management and geography, and we know there are many more high achievers out there in the community,” Dr Clark said.
“We want people to tell us about the outstanding Indigenous scientists and science projects in their communities so they can be recognised at these national awards.”
“Our sponsorship of the Deadlys is one more step we’re taking to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and we’re hoping to inspire all Australians about the benefits of science at the same time.”
Nominations can be made on the Deadlys website and close on 30 June 2013. Five finalists will then be selected, with the winner announced at a red carpet event at the Sydney Opera House on 10 September.
Previous recipients of Deadlys include Jessica Mauboy, Lewis Jetta, Deborah Mailman and Percy Neal.
For more information about Indigenous career opportunities at CSIRO, visit our careers page.
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