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Celebrating NAIDOC week with STEM professionals

Australia is home to the world’s first scientists with a 65,000-year continuing culture that includes countless examples of innovation. To celebrate NAIDOC week, we’re having a look at just some of the amazing Indigenous STEM professionals working today

Lala Gutchen – First languages program facilitator

Many of Lala’s Erubam and Ugaram family moved to mainland Australia and have lost connection with the Erub Mer language. Lala is using her skills in STEM to archive her people’s language using digital technologies. This requires a lot of innovation, as up until now, it has only ever been an oral language. 

Learn about Lala’s mission.

Keely Perry – Research Assistant

Keely works for the National Indigenous Science Translation Centre (NISTC), where she communicates research projects to different stakeholders.

She also gets to research finger limes as a research assistant at QUT!

Follow a day in the life of Keely.

Brett Rowling – Analytical Chemist

Brett (a descendant of Bungoree and Matora people) is analysing air, water and soil samples from around the world at ANSTO!

During his career he has also worked on digitally preserving hand stencils made from a site on his mob’s country.

Learn about Brett’s journey through STEM.

Corey Brown – Co-founder of Goanna Solutions

When Corey Brown, a proud Gamilaraay and Dunghutti man, launched Goanna Solutions in 2018, he wanted to close the gap on access to the digital world for First Nations people and communities. 

See Corey’s journey from AFL, mining through to STEM business.

Dre Ngatokorua – Digital Storyteller and Broadcaster

Dre uses his skills in digital production to make storytelling interactive through 3D painting. He creates shows using digital painting, music and narration.

Have a look at his connecting artwork.


NAIDOC week is a chance for all to to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including the incredible impact they have in STEM spaces!

This year’s theme is ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’ which celebrates the unyielding spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

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