Symbols for science engagement

14 October 2020

We are delighted to let you know that we’ve publicly released our free collection of 100+ northern Australia symbols for all your northern Australia science communication needs. Head here to download and read more below.


This collection evolved on an as-needed basis to help our project teams tell the stories of their research in northern Australia and to aid knowledge exchange with Traditional Owners, Indigenous rangers, other land managers and government decision-makers. You’ll find symbols of invasive species like feral pigs and stinking passionflower, native plants and animals like boab trees and shorebirds, land uses, and people.

The collection is intended to complement the IAN symbol library where you’ll find ~3000 more symbols & bases, including many relevant to northern Australia.

We’d especially like to thank Professor Stephen van Leeuwen (Noongar Nation & Hub Research Executive Committee) and Dennis Cooper (Hub Kakadu Indigenous Research Coordinator) for their wise advice while developing these symbols.

We have vector PDFs to use with Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, as well as high-resolution PNGs for Microsoft Office apps and Canva. As a bonus, we’ve also included a swatch palette with the colours of northern Australia, as both an Illustrator swatch palette and a Powerpoint file.

We look forward to seeing your creations communicating about northern Australia so please tag/send us your graphical abstracts, posters, animations and diagrams.

The symbols also come with a required attribution with the Hub as the source – you’ll find this info in the metadata of each file. Please let us know if you have any problems.

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