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. It hosts the Queensland Policy Network , an initiative at an early stage of development.

Queensland Science Network

The Queensland Science Network , hosted by the Royal Society of Queensland, is a collaboration between some 22 not-for-profit scientific societies. Its website, which went live on 18 June 2018 but is at an early stage of development, will serve as a portal to each participating group and to a calendar of forthcoming events. The Network has a Facebook page under construction. The domain www.scienceqld.org.au is a registered address of the Society and complements the Queensland Government’s science site, www.des.qld.gov.au/science/ .


Recent News

The disadvantage of youth

Can teenagers reasonably be held accountable for their actions?

Are we all born equal? How early in life (or in the womb) is our life trajectory set? Are poor life skills the product of our upbringing, or genetically predetermined? What factors most dispose teenagers to end in gaol? Which preconditions of ill health in young people are most fundamental and most ripe for remedial investment? Does out-of-home care lead youngsters to an unstable, unhealthy life or do behavioural problems lead to separation from family?

No one disputes that human behaviour is conditioned by factors pre-determined at birth, by factors determined by upbringing and by free choices made by people capable of rational thought and agency. How relatively powerful are the pre-natal and early childhood factors? The answer determines whether dysfunctional behaviour should be seen as primarily a health problem or a criminal justice problem.

Come along and contribute your insights to the general discussion, and to a model of preventative health being developed for the Queensland Government. See flyer for more details and see Eventbrite to register.

Research Fund grants – applications now open

Applications for inaugural grants from the Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund are now open, following the launch on 5 June by Life Member Prof Trevor Clifford OAM.

Further details are on the Research page, summarised in the Call for Applications.

Proceedings 122

The 122nd annual edition of this venerable journal is now available for purchase. Articles this year:

Frederick Strange, naturalist – Pat Comben
Propagation of rock oysters – Ben Diggles
Building science into policy – Geoff Edwards
Decline of native flora for bees – Don Keith
Lungfish endangered – Anne Kemp
Monitoring of mine rehabilitation – David Marlow
Masterplan of Brisbane – Nedjima Mouhoubi et al
Environmental studies at Griffith – Calvin Rose et al.

Copies are available from the Secretary ($35, PO Box 6021 St Lucia 4067) or per article from our agent Informit. Members receive a print copy free of charge.

Papers invited – Proceedings 123, rainforests, preventative health

Researchers with scientific knowledge to share are invited to submit papers for forthcoming issues of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. Separate Guides to Authors for each issue are available.

Proceedings 123 – the annual issue, published regularly since 1884, dedicated to publishing general science related to Queensland – copy deadline 1 July 2018. Contact Hon. Editor Dr Barry Pollock editor@royalsocietyqld.org.au.

Special Issue on Eungella rainforests – contact Prof Roger Kitching, Guest Editor.

Special Issue on preventative health – deadline 31 December 2018. Contact Dr Joseph McDowall, Guest Editor.

Abstracts of completed students’ dissertations at honours level and above are warmly invited, especially if the authors do not intend to publish them subsequently.

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands

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

A most interesting series of five presentations was followed by a brainstorm amongst knowledgeable and interested participants from the public service, agriculture, NRM, conservation and community sectors.

The event was co-hosted by NRM Regions, the peak body for the regional natural resource management groups in Queensland. See Flyer for more details about the event.

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

A Conservation Memoir – New Edition

Past President Paul Sattler OAM has updated his memoir. A copy is available on the Members’ Collection page.

The memoir is a thoroughly interesting story of the drive to enlarge the National Park State and other initiatives in conservation policy in the 1990s and 2000s.

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!

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