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 annual 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.


Recent News

Research Fund grants – Call for applications

On 5 June, at 10:30 AM, Life Member Prof Trevor Clifford will launch a call for applications for the inaugural Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund grants. This event will be open to the public, free of charge.

Further details are in the flyer. The meeting will also be addressed by Dr Megan Evans of the University on building science into policy; Dr Barry Pollock on how early career researchers can get published; and the President, Dr Geoff Edwards.


Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands

All those interested in the management of Queensland’s pastoral zone are warmly invited to hear a proposal for a “stewardship incentives scheme” and a policy framework for the Land Restoration Fund announced during the 2017 State election.

President Dr Geoff Edwards will lead the presentations, followed by four panellists then a roundtable in brainstorm format amongst knowledgeable and interested participants from the public service, agriculture, NRM, conservation and community sectors.

The event is co-hosted by NRM Regions, the peak body for the regional natural resource management groups in Queensland.

Light lunch at 12 noon. Presentation at 12:30 PM, followed by question-and-answer, then panellists, then move into roundtable format. End brainstorm at 4:30 PM. Participants can come or go at any time.


Ms Megan Surawski (Department of Environment and Science)

Dr Greg Leach (AgForce)

Dr April Reside (Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland)

Mr Stephen Robertson (Chair NRM Regions Queensland).

Register via Eventbrite for venue management purposes. See Flyer for more details about the event. See separate page on Stewardship for background and technical information about the subject.

Photo above at Idalia, courtesy Alan Lauder, author of the carbon grazing model of pasture management.

Go Extinct! game launched

On 29 April 2018, Royal Society member Ariel Marcy launched her free science game design platform, DIY Go Extinct! at the State Library in Brisbane. Over 35 youngsters, parents, teachers, and scientists came and created one-of-a-kind Go Extinct! games featuring evolutionary trees of Australian marsupials, megafauna, flowers, dinosaurs, venomous snakes, and citizens of the Great Barrier Reef! (available now at www.steamgalaxy.com/design-your-own-game/). The venomous snake tree was by far the most popular — perfect because world-renowned venomologist A/Prof. Bryan Fry stunned the room with his tales of adventure pursing the deadliest creatures in the world. Everyone left with a durable copy of their custom game and the platform continues to be live for families, game enthusiasts and classrooms alike to use worldwide. The free platform and the event were supported by grants from the Advance Queensland initiative and from the U.S. Embassy. (See also Ariel Marcy’s entry on the Projects, Products and Skills page).

Young environmental lawyer of year

The Society congratulates Ms Revel Pointon, a member of the Society’s Council, on being invested with the 2018 Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year.

A citation on the website of the Environmental Defender’s Office mentions her “dedication to constructive community engagement” and her reputation for being “pragmatic, considerate, and tireless”.  These attributes have already been fully manifest in her service with Society, less than a year old. We salute her!

Prof Ray Specht retrospective

The ground-breaking expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948 joined by Prof Ray Specht has been brought to mind by a celebratory article in the newsletter of Jubilee Community Care. We honour Prof Specht, Life Member of the Society, for laying the foundations during that expedition for his subsequent exceptional career.

Electricity legislation review announced

The Queensland Government has announced a review of the electricity legislation. It has published an Issues Paper and has invited public comments until 19 June 2018.


Queensland STEM Education Network Funding Terminates

Regrettably federal funding for the innovative and unique Queensland initiative to establish the Queensland STEM Education Network has come to an end. Coordinator Kay Lembo, a Member of the Royal Society, has been unable to identify a source of additional funding to continue the network. However the legacy of the network will continue to support STEM education in Queensland with the developed resources being available electronically through the website www.queenslandstem.edu.au . Further information and a summary of QSEN’s achievements is available on our STEM Education page.

Misalignment of energy policy and climate policy

Member Dr Paul Bell has recently co-authored a highly insightful report Inclusive growth and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Australia and China: Removing barriers to solving wicked problems. The work addresses the trajectory of Australia’s economy and the lack of coordination of policy within the energy sector. This is undermining both economic performance and the transition to a lower emissions economy.

It is encouraging to note a high level of alignment between the conclusions of this new substantive report and the findings of the two forums that the Society convened last year on electricity reform.

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