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The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior scientific institution in the State. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London (founded in 1660). It issued the first of its annual Proceedings in 1884.
The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for the sciences in Queensland. It encourages original research and the application of scientific knowledge and 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.
The Society advocates on behalf of science and scientists but is not politically aligned. Its main contemporary activities are networking between scientists, government and the community; holding seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishing the Proceedings.
The Governor of Queensland His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC is Patron.

 

Recent News

Shellfish restoration – major event

Shellfish reefs (oysters, mussels etc.) are ‘the lungs’ of healthy estuaries, providing various ‘ecosystem services’ including water filtering, shoreline stabilisation and food and shelter for fish and crabs.

Member Dr Ben Diggles has been a prime mover behind the pioneering Restore Pumicestone Passage project. This project, now in its experimental stage, aims to rejuvenate the habitat – and the fishing! – in Pumicestone Passage, where less than 5% of historical shellfish populations remain , mainly because of declining water quality which disrupts their breeding cycle.

Dr Diggles is also a leader in the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network which is co-sponsoring the 19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration on 4-6 December 2017 at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Shellfish restoration experts, resource managers, shellfish growers, community groups, NGOs and others are invited to attend the joint conference.

A call for abstracts and further information will be updated regularly on the Shellfish Reef Restoration Website. To stay up to date with the latest conference details and restoration news join the Network mailing list.

Queensland’s vegetation mapping completed!

On Tuesday 30 May Minister Leanne Enoch announced the completion of the mapping of Queensland’s vegetation types, after a scientific initiative extending over 28 years.

The significance of this project as a foundational plank of Queensland’s infrastructure is difficult to exaggerate. Natural resource mapping is an input to the planning of a wide range of public sector, business and civil society projects. The value of information of this kind ripples through the economy in many more ways than simply supporting conservation planning.

Congratulations are due to a number of public-spirited scientists from a range of disciplines for investing their time and skills in this project. We salute you! We also give credit to successive Queensland Governments for allowing them the budgets and intellectual space to fulfil this mission.

Member and Past President Paul Sattler OAM has written of the origin of the regional ecosystem program in his memoirs, published on this website. Paul as a prime mover of the project was invited to deliver an address at the launch following Ministers Leanne Enoch and Dr Steven Miles – published here. Further information is available on our Science Library page.

 

Environmental laws under attack worldwide

Member Prof Bill Laurance, Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, has published a new article explaining that around the world, protections for natural systems put in place after acceptance of the scientific case, are being systematically dismantled.

The article can be read on The Conversation.

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Member Kerensa McCallie, Manager, Conservation Programs with Wildmob, has announced the inaugural Festival, featuring guided bushwalks, birding excursions and social events.

Eungella is located on the Clarke Range, approximately 65 km west of Mackay in Central Queensland. The area supports the only known population of Eungella Honeyeater as well as many other rare and threatened birds such as the Squatter Pigeon. A diversity of habitats from open woodlands to highland rainforest will impress visitors and present a birdwatching and bushwalking experience like no other.

Led by expert guides, you can participate in organised activities or optional activities. You can come up for the day or stay for the whole week.

Wildmob, sponsored by Mackay Regional Council and supported by the Eungella Progress Association, Birdlife Mackay and the Mackay Bushwalkers Club, is hosting what is hoped will be the first of many Festivals.