Seminar: The Macquarie-Yaegl Partnership (A/Prof. Joanne Jamie)

Thursday, 26 November 2020 - 12:00pm – Thursday, 26 November 2020 - 1:00pm  |  Zoom


A/Prof. Joanne Jamie is a Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemist at the Department of Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University. Her research activities include the firsthand documentation, biological screening and isolation of bioactive compounds from customary (traditional and contemporary) medicines; the design of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases; and studies on isolation and synthesis of fruit fly attractants and analysis of their effectiveness to help address the major agricultural problem of fruit fly infestation in crops.  As part of her work on customary medicinal plants with Yaegl Elders of northern NSW, Joanne and her team have published five journal articles co-authored with the Elders and developed a bush medicine handbook for use in education and cultural tourism, as well as facilitated a Cultural Immersion Program – The River of Learning.  As a best ethical practice extension to this research, she has also established with the Elders, and with fellow chemist (and husband) Dr Ian Jamie, the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP,, which uses Western and Indigenous science to enhance educational outcomes for Indigenous youth.  Joanne, along with Ian, additionally developed and convenes the Macquarie University subject Engaging the Community in Science, which allows Macquarie undergraduate students to contribute to and increase the capacity of NISEP and other STEM engagement. NISEP has received various awards and accolades, including the 2011 Australian Learning Teaching and Council Award, the 2016 PwC Innovator of the Year as part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) STEM 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program, the 2019 Macquarie University Reconciliation Award, and most recently the inaugural Australian Museum Eureka Prize for STEM Inclusion.

A/Prof. Jamie will present on her research and educational work with Yaegl Elders and the rewarding reciprocal benefit sharing opportunities that have come from this partnership, plus avenues for incorporating Indigenous knowledge and respectful practices into curriculum.