The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State. It issued the ﬁrst annual Proceedings in 1884. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London, founded in 1660.
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 and scientists but is not politically aligned. Its main contemporary activities are networking between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holding seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishing 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.
The Sunday Mail published an opinion piece by the President on 14 January defending the integrity of scientific research and peer-reviewed publication against a criticism in the previous week’s newspaper.
The Society intends to publish a Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland on the rainforests of the Eungella region late in 2018, in addition to the standard issue. All inquiries to the Guest Editor Prof. Roger Kitching of Griffith University. An interim Guide to Authors is now available.
PANDORA, Australia’s web archive, stores substantive websites on rotation. This wonderful service, an element of Australia’s information infrastructure, aims to archive valuable information that otherwise might vanish when websites are restructured. Captured versions of the Society’s website from June 2015, 2016 and 2017 can be viewed at http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-152995. The site is scheduled for annual gathering again in June 2018. The Society calls on the Australian Government to ensure that Pandora and search engine Trove are funded generously and securely.
Taxonomy is a neglected field in science as it crosses numerous disciplines and no single discipline can speak on its behalf. But it is an field essential for understanding numerous other disciplines.
An ‘Exposure Draft’ of a decadal plan for taxonomy in Australia and NZ is available until 31 January 2018. See Taxonomy page for details.