The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London, founded in 1660. It issued the ﬁrst annual Proceedings in 1884.
The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for intellectual inquiry in Queensland. It encourages original scholarly research and the application of scientiﬁc knowledge and evidence-based method to policy-making and decision-making. The Society provides a forum for scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science in society, with ‘science’ defined broadly.
The Society advocates on behalf of science but is not politically aligned. It networks between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holds seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishes the Proceedings.
The Society hosts the Queensland Science Network , a collaboration between more than 20 knowledge-based not-for-profit societies; and the Queensland Policy Network, both initiatives being at an early stage of development.
Which preconditions of ill health are most ripe for remedial investment? Is smoking, poor diet, parasite load, socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination, poor education or lack of exercise most influential? What is the cost of not applying the remedies? All welcome at a free lunchtime forum and expert-led brainstorm. Register via Eventbrite then download flyer and distribute freely.
Papers are invited for issue 123 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. See Guide to Authors on the Proceedings page. One does not need to be an established scientist to publish in this venerable journal. Also, a Special Issue on the rainforests of the Eungella region is proposed. Inquiries to the Guest Editor: see Guide to Authors -Eungella .
The Society has been assembling evidence on these subjects in recent times:
Electricity : Inexpensive, reliable and clean – a pathway through the uncertainty and blame-game that seems to be afflicting national electricity policy.
Carbon stocks and flows : A model of carbon management, a ‘must read’ for pastoralists and their advisors.
Research Fund : Donors can perpetuate their interest in science. Applications by researchers for grants will be invited soon (March 2018).
Preventative health : outcomes of workshop in 2016 in Cairns, foreshadowing events in 2018.
Community infrastructure : Not just concrete and cranes.
Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Member Alan Lauder is continuing his series of columns explaining the functioning of pastoral lands, based on science fortified with paddock-scale observations. Flows of carbon carry energy and nutrients and make them available to plants and animals. The materials on Mr Lauder’s member’s page Carbon stocks and flows are essential reading for every grazier, extension officer and those running programs to sequester carbon emissions. The page presents his ground-breaking book of 2008 Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link along with updates and the easy-to-read columns.