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UTAS hosts first Indigenous research network node

The University of Tasmania will host the first node of a nationwide Indigenous research network, the institution said on 6 November.

The AU$3.2 million National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, to be led by Queensland University of Technology, was announced by the federal government last week.

“This new network will help develop much-needed connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers across the country—and at all career stages,” Chris Evans, minister for research, said at the time.

The network will involve 44 Indigenous academic contributors from 21 universities and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Five Indigenous partner organizations, including the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, will also participate.

No information has been given on the location of subsequent nodes.

Funding for the initiative comes from the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network.