International Year of Indigenous Languages

Science in First Languages

Share Your Science in Your Language!

To celebrate the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, Questacon’s Science in First Languages project invites you to create a video about science presented in an Indigenous Australian language. 

Working in collaboration with First Languages Australia, the ABC and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Questacon will host the videos online. 

The first ten videos submitted and approved will receive a $200 Questacon Shop voucher.

To Get You Started

Check out these four Science in First Languages videos for inspiration! Also browse through Questacon’s other science videos for more ideas.

Guidelines and Specifications for Submitting Videos

You will find everything you need to know to submit your own Science in First Languages video, as well as some hints and tips in these following links: PDF, Word.

Some important things to remember:

  • All people appearing in the video (even in the background) will need to sign a Privacy Statement and Consent to Publishing form (PDF, Word), or have a form signed by a parent or guardian if under 18 years of age. These forms must be submitted with the video. 
  • Videos must be no more than 4 minutes long, must be saved as either an mp4, mov, mpeg1 or mpeg2 file and must be filmed at 720p or 1080p resolution. 
  • Video content must be factually correct with regard to accepted Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges. Partnerships with local knowledge holders including Indigenous Elders and scientists are strongly encouraged.
  • We encourage you to use as much of your Indigenous language as you can. Your video will need to include English translations – these can be spoken during filming, presented in writing during filming, or added as subtitles after filming.
  • Any music used in the video must be copyright free. You can find copyright free music online by searching for ‘royalty free music’.
  • You will need to provide a title for the video that is no more than 20 words long, as well as tell us which Indigenous language/s you are speaking in. 

Questacon reserves the right to accept or reject any video submitted for publication. Only videos that meet all the content and technical requirements will be eligible to receive a $200 Questacon Shop voucher. 

Submitting Your Video

Before sending us your video, download and complete the Submission Checklist (PDF, Word). Make sure you attach the completed Submission Checklist and all Publishing Consent Forms with your video.

Questacon reserves the right to accept or reject any video submitted for publication. Only videos that meet all the content and technical requirement will be eligible to receive a $200 Questacon Shop voucher.

You can either post your video to:

Science in First Languages (Loc 940)
c/o Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
PO Box 5322
Kingston  ACT  2604


Upload your video to an accessible cloud storage (eg Dropbox, Google Drive) and send information to


Questacon will be taking Science in First Languages video submissions until Friday 6 December 2019. We will add an introduction and an acknowledgements page to all videos to highlight that they have been submitted as part of the Science in First Languages video project. 

By submitting your video, you confirm that you own or control all copyright in the video, and that you grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual world-wide licence to Questacon and Questacon’s partners, contractors, sponsors and volunteers for the purpose of them performing services for Questacon. Giving us this licence to use your video does not prevent you from using your video for your own purposes.

If you would like Questacon to cease showing your video at any time for cultural reasons, please let us know.

For more details contact

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are advised that the Science in First Languages library of videos may contain images and voices of deceased persons.


International Year of Indigenous Languages