Our history: from little things, big things grow
The National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) was born in 2004, when scientists from Macquarie University began collaborating with Elders from the Yaegl and Bundjalung Indigenous communities of northern NSW on bush medicines projects. The aim was to create an equal partnership, and led to the establishment of the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group (IBRG) based at Macquarie University.
But the Elders saw an opportunity to extend this collaboration beyond the research and create stronger, more empowered communities. They asked:
“Can you help us help our youth?”
From this question grew a collective of communities, high schools, universities, and science and Indigenous outreach programs with the shared aim of helping students from low socioeconomic regions unlock their potential by engaging them in science and education.