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Indigenous Food and Agriculture

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Join us to yarn about native foods and Indigenous farmers — everything from practising agriculture as a traditional custodian, growing bush foods and making sure they’re safe to eat, preparing amazing meals and getting Australian native foods to market.


Luke Williams is a proud Gumbaynggirr descendent, currently completing his PhD in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University. He collaborates with FSANZ, working alongside Aboriginal businesses and organisations to research how new regulatory frameworks for assessing the dietary safety of traditional food items can better consider the unique history, knowledge and culture held by First Nations people.

Kerrie Saunders is a Kamillaroi/Gomeroi woman with a passion for highlighting bush tucker in the local and surrounding areas of Moree. Kerrie conducts regular bush tucker tours through her business, Yinarr-ma, where she identifies bush tucker and cooks yummy meals for guests. Kerrie also works with the University of Sydney on the Indigenous Grasslands for Grain project in Narrabri, making flour and bread with native grains.

Joshua Gilbert is a Worimi man, farmer and academic, who shares the narration of Indigenous identity through agricultural truths in light of modern contexts.

He is undertaking higher degree research at Charles Sturt University, is the Indigenous Co-Chair of Reconciliation NSW and was recently recognised within the world’s top 50 young gastronomers.

Our MC: Gamilaraay astrophysicist Karlie Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous woman to obtain a double degree in science and mathematics. Karlie recently commenced a PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University and is Sydney Observatory’s first Astronomy Ambassador.

A joint presentation by the ACT National Science Week Coordinating Committee and the Royal Society of Victoria.