Honouring Indigenous Knowledge Systems in innovation, design, research and teaching

What are our capabilities as engineers? This question defines a new era of engineering, where understanding transdisciplinary systems and whole-of-life responsibilities require new ways of thinking.

The Bandalang Studio is a place to help shape these conversations, forge lasting relationships and drive change towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

What is Bandalang Studio?

Bandalang Studio is a First Nations designed and led Indigenous Engineering Design Studio that fosters transdisciplinary collaborations and supports Indigenous individuals, enterprises, start-ups and their allies.

Located on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land, ‘Bandalang’ is a Wiradyuri language name which means ‘joining’ or ‘junction’. The name is chosen to symbolise a place of connections and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Bandalang Studio is a critically important initiative towards changing perspectives in engineering. Understanding transdisciplinary systems and whole-of-life responsibilities are at the heart of sustainable practices. This understanding is foundational in Indigenous knowledge systems and the work that is happening at Bandalang Studio.

Our programs

Our studio drives two major programs. The first is the Bandalang Residencies which support Indigenous practitioners and researchers to continue to make important contributions to engineering as a discipline. The second program is the National Indigenous Engineering Autumn School which supports Indigenous high school students to visit our Canberra campus and learn about the courses offered at the ANU School of Engineering and to gain insights about life on campus and studying at university.

What we offer

The Bandalang Studio provides a supportive environment for First Nations students, researchers, innovators, leaders and their non-Indigenous allies to learn and collaborate.

We offer space, resources and opportunities to First Nations researchers, entrepreneurs, ANU students and staff.

The Bandalang Studio creates opportunities to embed Indigenous science and technologies into core ANU Engineering modules.

Work with us

Help us build

Are you interested in seeing Indigenous knowledge help shape new ways of engineering in Australia? We want to hear from you. We are seeking thinkers, practitioners, academics and people with non-traditional career paths to join us in this journey. We’re opening opportunities for residencies and opportunities for people to work with us.

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About the College

Connect with us

If you’d like to know more about any of our programs, or if you’re just keen for a chat, then drop us a line at bandalangstudio@anu.edu.au.

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