Water: Building Solutions from Indigenous Knowledge & Science

Presented by ANU College of Science

Join us this National Science Week for a panel discussion about Aboriginal water rights, featuring three of Australia's leading water experts (bios below).

Light catering will be provided from 6pm on the top floor of the CSIRO Discovery Centre at Black Mountain and the panel discussion will take place in the CSIRO Discovery Theatre from approximately 6:20pm. Free parking is available nearby.

Dr Virginia Marshall is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance and the Fenner School of the Environment and Society. She is Australia's leading legal scholar on Aboriginal water rights. Virginia is a Wiradjiri Nyemba woman and Principal Solicitor in her legal firm since 2013. She is a member of the ANU Climate Change Institute, Northern Australia committee member; Expert in Water, World Economic Forum; and member of the Indigenous Peoples Organisation to the United Nations.

Virginia's doctoral thesis in law won the prestigious WEH Stanner Award in 2015. Her book, Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights, was launched in 2017 with the foreword by the Hon. Michael Kirby. The University of Victoria in Canada recognised Virginia as the 2018 Distinguished Woman Scholar.

Professor Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU. In 2010 he was appointed the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance. Prof. Grafton is Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum.net, Editor of the Global Water Forum, and Convenor of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security.

Dr Matthew Colloff is with the School of Environments and Society at ANU and started his career with a PhD in medical entomology in 1985 at the University of Glasgow, followed by postdoctoral research on the immunology and epidemiology of allergic diseases. Dr Colloff moved to Australia in 1994 to pursue a research career with CSIRO on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function. In 2007 he commenced research on the ecology and management of floodplains and wetlands, with an emphasis on the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin.

In 2012 he shifted his focus towards adaptation to research on changing the ways that people think and act on adaptation to climate change, particularly on adaptation pathways and services and the interaction between values, rules, and knowledge in adaptation decision making.