2019 Symposium & Indigenous Travel Grants

Symposium: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge 

Convened by: Gerry Turpin, Australian Tropical Herbarium

As part of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference, the ESA annual Indigenous Symposium will showcase Indigenous peoples biocultural knowledge research and projects. This initiative is part of the ESAs ongoing commitment to increase Indigenous participation in ESA activities.

The ESA is inviting Australian Indigenous people to present in this symposium. This provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to share and hear stories to build: relationships with each other and with non-Indigenous ecologists; recognition of our diverse knowledge and shared interests, values and practices in caring for and understanding country. 
Decisions on presentations for the Indigenous Symposia will be based on:

  • Strength of application (i.e. why you should be chosen)
  • Your ability to tell a good story about your ideas and/work
  • Your ability to demonstrate why your work is important
  • Meeting the word count and format requirements.

Indigenous Travel Grants available

A limited number of Travel Grants of up to $1000 are available to assist with travel and accommodation for Indigenous presenters in the IEK Symposium. See below for details. Applications close 11 October 2019.

About Gerry Turpin
Gerry Turpin is an Ethnobotanist with the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre (TIEC) at the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns. A Mbabaram Elder and Australia’s first Indigenous Ethnobotanist, Mr Turpin is committed to Indigenous ecological knowledge and its use in collaboration with western science for environmental management.

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Speakers who require financial assistance are invited to apply for an Indigenous Travel Grant.

The Ecological Society of Australia is able to offer some eligible applicants who would like to contribute to the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge symposium or to speak in other symposia or themed sessions of the conference, a Grant to assist with the costs of attending the ESA conference in Launceston, Tasmaina in November. Applications are particularly encouraged from people who have limited or no institutional support to enable them to attend conferences. The grant will cover the full conference registration plus $1000 which can be used towards travel or accommodation.  Joint papers involving two or more Indigenous speakers may apply for funding for up to two people.

To be eligible for the Indigenous Travel Grant you must:

1.    Be an Indigenous Australian living in Australia
2.    Present in the “Indigenous Ecologicall Knowledge” symposium OR in another symposium or open sessions of the conference.
3.    Submit the Indigenous Travel Grant application form and a presentation abstract.

If you need assistance with your application or would like more information please contact Gail Spina (executiveofficer@ecolsoc.org.au).

Please note:  
As there are limited funds available for the Travel Grants, applications will be assessed on the quality of applications and abstracts. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.