Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hold a 60,000 year old legacy of traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. This knowledge includes ecological knowledge, medicinal knowledge, environmental management knowledge as well as cultural and spiritual knowledge. Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property refers to the rights that Indigenous people have to protect their traditional arts, culture and knowledge.

Ethos: Indigenous IP is an opportunity to explore aspects of intellectual property from different perspectives. Thinking about the use of native foods provides a way to consider consultation, consent and fair commercialisation. Experience an Australian native food tasting by Warndu’s Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard, and hear from Michael Watkins and Dr Susan Semple, facilitated by Dr Debbie Devis, as they unpack some of the key issues around the use of traditional knowledges.

What is Ethos?

Ethos is a place for you to have conversations about future-focused ethical issues relating to research, technological development and the broader social context. Each forum focuses on an object as the starting point.

What to expect?

We are likely to see 50-odd participants attend this relaxed, but interactive evening event. You can expect conversation with friends and strangers, sharing perspectives and (hopefully) some laughs too.

The launch component will include drinks and talking, followed by what is a typical night at Ethos: an activity, a break with drinks, then a short panel and group discussions.

This event is – as is all of MOD. – wheelchair accessible and while participants are standing for the launch, they are then seated for the entirety of Ethos. The Multi-Access Suite is available if you need a quiet space. These events can be Auslan interpreted if you let us know, please get in touch at least two weeks in advance. Dietary requirements are collected at time of booking and any needs can be catered for.