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Professor Reuben Bolt appointed to National Science and Technology Council

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A Charles Darwin University executive has been appointed to the National Science and Technology Council.

Charles Darwin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership and Yuin/Wandandian man, Professor Reuben Bolt will serve on the council of experts.

The council provides advice to the Prime Minister and cabinet on science and technology challenges in Australia.

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), chaired by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and co-chaired by Minister Ed Husic, offers scientific and technological advice on government policies.

Professor Bolt, along with new members Professors Mahananda Dasgupt and Mark Hutchinson, join the council which has Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, serving as its Executive Officer.

Professor Bolt said it was an honour to bring his experience to the NSTC, and to help facilitate more First Nations knowledge and wisdom into science and technology more broadly.

"It is important we look to how western knowledge and Indigenous knowledge can come together to make change, particularly with the challenges Australia and the world are currently facing," he said.

"There is a lot of wisdom and traditional knowledge in our communities and our scholars.

"However, the key is to find the ways that this knowledge and wisdom can be heard by the right people, at the right time, particularly those that have the power to influence change for the betterment of our communities.

"The Science and Technology Council is an exemplar forum that can progress this work".

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