Talk: 60,000 years of tradition meets the microscopic world

Duration: 1.5 hours
Thursday 7 June 2018, 6–7.30pm Powerhouse Museum Book Tickets

Making connections for STEM Education

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences presents an Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) event as part of the 2018 Vivid Ideas program.

Discover surprising connections between the art of Australia’s First Nations Peoples and the microscopic world and how this pairing can help engage young Australians with a more integrated scientific approach for the future.

This program presents thought-provoking talks and conversations that explore how we understand and explain our world through imagery and address themes around the role of scientific images and Indigenous art in the shaping of knowledge; how Western science can gain a greater appreciation of the value of incorporating an Indigenous scientific perspective; and why it is so important to encourage Indigenous youth to study and take up careers in science.

This event immediately precedes the launch of an exciting new exhibition developed by the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility Stories and Structures – New Connections that links microscopic images with new works from Indigenous artists.

Gain new perspectives from talking directly to the speakers, artists and scientific image-makers behind this innovative exhibition in the magnificent Turbine Hall of the Powerhouse Museum.


Djon Mundine, from the Bandjalung people, is an experienced and respected curator, writer, artist and activist.

Misty Jenkins, from the Gunditjmara people, is a cellular immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She is also an experienced microscopist with a passion for Indigenous health and encouraging more Indigenous youth to take up careers in science.

Bruce Pascoe, from the Yuin, Bunurong and Palawa people, is a MAAS Elder-in-Residence and the award-winning author of the popular and influential book Dark Emu, which challenges the idea that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers.

Places are strictly limited.  Online bookings essential. 

This event immediately precedes the launch and preview of the AMMRF exhibition Stories and Structures – New Connections. 

Doors open 5.30pm for 6.00pm start. Event concludes 8.30pm.

Image credit: Micrograph (left): Paul Canfield.  Painting (right): Arkeria Rose Armstrong


MAAS Member – Concession$15
MAAS Member – Concession$15
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