One of ESA's strategic goals is to create a better link with Indigenous people working in ecology and land management.
Over the last few years we have helped deliver a better connection through hosting symposia at our annual conference, producing a special issue in our EMR journal, and seeking sponsorship for Indigenous ecologists to participate in our conference.
Indigenous Knowledge Symposium and Travel Grants to ESA Annual Conference
Presentations by Indigenous people or co-presented talks led by an Indigenous person are invited to contribute to this year's Symposium as part of the Ecological Society of Australia 2019 conference in Launceston.
A limited number of Travel Grants of up to $1000 are available to assist with travel and accommodation for Indigenous presenters in the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Symposium. Applications close 11 October 2019.
Find out about the 2019 Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Symposium and Travel Grant opportunities
Right-way Science Prize - new in 2019
A new award will be presented to the best speaker(s) (15 minute talk) demonstrating ‘right-way’ science at the ESA Conference, thanks to a new prize being supported by Bush Heritage Australia.
‘Right-way’ science is an approach to the practice of science that is based on respect, sharing knowledge, listening and learning. It brings together different frameworks for thinking for the benefit of people and country. ‘Right-way’ science recognises the sovereignty, connection and knowledge of Traditional Owners across the country.
The award will consist of a certificate and cheque for $5000. The money needs to go towards further ‘right-way’ science project support for example travel, training, field equipment and a report of how the money was spent provided to ESA (and Bush Heritage Australia).
To be considered for the award you need to tick the box when you register for ESAus19 (or log in and update your details if you've already registered).
Special edition of Ecological Management and Restoration Journal
An outcome from the 2010 conference symposium ‘Combining Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge for land management solutions’ was the subsequent production of a special issue of the Ecological Management and Restoration Journal titled Indigenous land and sea management in remote Australia (Guest Edited by Dr Emilie Ens).