SING is a week-long workshop and mentoring program that covers technical and laboratory skills in genomics as well as theory, ethical and social implications of genomic research and the benefits and risks of genomics for Indigenous peoples.

Despite the importance of genomics for Indigenous people and communities, Indigenous people are currently underrepresented in this field.

SING aims to develop and support the next generation of Indigenous researchers and professionals to ensure that future genomic research is ethical and inclusive.

About SING

SING stands for Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics.

SING is a week-long workshop and mentoring program that covers technical and laboratory skills in genomics as well as theory, ethical and social implications of genomic research and the benefits and risks of genomics for Indigenous peoples. The SING initiative was developed in the United States in 2011 and has since inspired similar programs in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and now Australia.

Genomic research has the potential to bring benefits to Indigenous people and communities, but also has the potential to cause harm. Despite the importance of genomics for Indigenous people and communities, Indigenous people are currently underrepresented in this field. SING aims to develop and support the next generation of Indigenous researchers and professionals to ensure that future genomic research is ethical and inclusive.

We hope that attending SING will develop participants’ confidence with the scientific and ethical issues relating to genomic research that concerns Indigenous people and communities and empower them to move the field of Indigenous genomics in a positive direction. We also aim to develop a community of scholars and professionals who can continue to support each other and the goals of SING.

The goals of SING Australia are:

  1. Equip Indigenous individuals and communities with technical and contextual knowledge about genomic research;
  2. Build capacity for Indigenous students and researchers in genomics and related disciplines, including bioethics and science and technology studies (STS);
  3. Facilitate conversations on how Indigenous knowledge and culture can and should impact on genomic research;
  4. Form a SING network and web interface to facilitate communication and support surrounding genomics issues;
  5. Begin conversations about best practices for Indigenous genomics in Australia.

The first SING Australia workshop will be held 10-16 November at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

About Genomics

Genomics is the study of genomes, the complete set of genes or DNA belonging to an individual or group.

This is a powerful and rapidly advancing field of research that can be used to learn about health, history, and the environment.

Genomics may be of interest to people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. healthcare, research, conservation) and has many applications (e.g. medicine, ancestry testing, provenancing of human remains, biodiversity and conservation).

About Genomics

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We are seeking applicants from varied backgrounds (e.g. professionals, postgraduate students, researchers) who are:

from a broad range of disciplines and professions (e.g. medicine, nursing, allied health, biology, genetics, humanities, law, archaeology, museum studies, environmental management, family reconnection services); and

interested in learning about and discussing genomic research and its implications for Indigenous people and communities

Key goals of SING Australia include capacity-building for Indigenous people and facilitating the development and expression of Indigenous voices and perspectives on genomic research. As such, priority will be given to Indigenous applicants. Non-Indigenous individuals with demonstrated interest and experience in Indigenous affairs, Indigenous health or related fields are still welcome to apply with this priority in mind.

Existing knowledge of genetics and genomics is not required to participate in the workshop. Flights, accommodation, and all meals are provided for workshop participants.

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Application closing date - Friday August 16th COB