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Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory and Charles Darwin University


A visit was made to Darwin's Landscape Laboratory by Professor Chris Austin, Head of School for Science and Primary Industries from Charles Darwin University, Australia. This visit started collaborative work between the two organisations and The University of Greenwich.

A reciprocal visit to Australia provided the opportunity to develop stronger links between the University bearing Darwin’s name and his Home, the site of much of his work. This included working with researchers at the University and participating in fieldwork.

Awareness and the importance of the English countryside to Darwin’s ideas was promoted at events and valuable links were developed with the World Heritage Site of
Kakadu National Park

Land management of Indiginous Protected Areas was explored with Rangers in Gove NT, Australia, particularly the
Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area.
Best practice management and training programmes were shared between both groups, and visitor management activities and sustainable tourism plans were discussed.

Links have been made with local and national interpretation projects through connections with Darwin City Council including the The HMS Beagle Ship Bell Chime.

Links with education projects and resources have also been established with the Australian Science Teachers Association through the Charles Darwin Education Resource, A Voyage of Discovery.

These collaborations are helping to implement objectives in the
Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory Strategic Action Plan specifically,
Objective 14: Establish and maintain links with local, national and international education projects relevant to the Site with a coherent and co-ordinated approach.

Explore some more of the research networks that have been built so far on our Darwin Research Map

Chris Austin visits Down House

Prof. Chris Austin visits Darwin's home, Down House

Laynhapuy Homelands Association

Visit to Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area in NT Australia

HMS Beagle Ship Bell Chime

HMS Beagle Ship Bell Chime in Darwin, Australia