Welcome to ANU

18 March
  • 9.15–9.40am
Manning Clarke, Cultural Centre
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Serena Williams | Professor Grady Venville

Welcome to Country by Serena Williams 

The Australian National University (ANU) is on Ngambri and Ngunnawal land. The official Welcome to Country marks the start of ANU Open Day 2023.  

Serena is a proud Ngunnawal - Wiradjuri women, and a Traditional Custodian. Serena is heavily involved in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations in the ACT and surrounding regions such as the Ngambri Aboriginal Land Council, ACSRA Aboriginal Communities Sporting and Recreational Activities, Munjuwa Aboriginal Cooperation for Housing and Health and Burringiri Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural and Arts. Serena is the Founder & Chair of the Harold “Crow” Williams Memorial Rugby League Knockout Association.


Welcome to ANU by Professor Grady Venville, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the Australian National University.

Join Professor Venville as she official launches ANU Open Day 2023 with a formal welcome.

Professor Venville has a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Science Education (Distinction) and PhD in Science Education from Curtin University. Career highlights have included a post-doctoral appointment at King's College London; being appointed the inaugural Professor of Science Education in 2007, and Dean of Coursework Studies in 2013, at the University of Western Australia; and a three-year appointment to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Professor Venville's research in science education focuses on conceptual development, curriculum integration and cognitive acceleration. Grady has made a lifelong commitment to teaching and education. A central belief underpinning everything she does is that high quality education is critical not only for human development but also for a healthy and peaceful society.

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