The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State, founded in 1884. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London, founded in 1660. Royal Societies have been established independently in every State: see link .
The Society seeks to increase respect for intellectual inquiry. It encourages original research and the application of evidence-based method to policy-making and decision-making. The Society advocates on behalf of science and provides a forum for scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science in society, with ‘science’ defined broadly. The Society networks between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holds seminars crossing jurisdictional and sectoral silos; and publishes the annual Proceedings, a journal of record, now in its 124th volume.
Membership: There are no educational or professional barriers to membership. The Membership page offers a portal for digital enrolment and renewal.
Queensland Science Network: The Queensland Science Network is a collaboration between some 25 not-for-profit scientific and naturalists’ societies. Its website is a portal to each group and their events.
Queensland Policy Network: The Queensland Policy Network is a nascent forum to foster dialogue within Queensland’s policy community. It seeks to counter ‘fake news’ and policy-making based upon ideology, preconceived positions or single-disciplinary enthusiasms.
Member Prof Dilwyn Griffiths has published a new book, Tropical Ecosystems in Australia: Responses to a Changing World. Copies can be obtained from the publisher.
The book draws on a wide range of case studies of tropical Australian ecosystems ranging from coastal coral reefs and mangroves, known to be among the most vulnerable to the effects imposed changes, to cropping and pasture lands which, under careful management, have the potential remain as productive and sustainable agricultural or forestry ecosystems.
A senior member has written: “It is a fascinating read. He covers an enormous range of topics in a succinct and special way, with appropriate case studies… It is a valuable reference for the uninitiated and the experienced – for under- and post-graduates and academics and also for professionals in management and policy development working across tropical Australia.”
Koala microbiomes by Dr Michaela Blyton of the University of Queensland. We are delighted that the Australian Koala Foundation has agreed to sponsor this award. This has enabled the Society to make a second grant.
Koala Retrovirus infection by Dr Bonnie Quigley, University of the Sunshine Coast.
Photo by Pam Lauder: L-R Bonnie Quigley, Chairman of the AKF Ms Deborah Tabart OAM, Michaela Blyton, President Dr Ross Hynes
Projects on green sea turtles , spot-tailed quolls and sea-weeding coral reefs were deemed meritorious runners-up and philanthropists are invited to support them with tax-deductible donations. More information on the Research Fund page.
In 2019, for the first time, articles in the Proceedings will be published on line as they are accepted and typeset, without awaiting printing. This new procedure applies to the annual issue, volume 124, and each of the four Special Issues on foot, volumes 125-8. This allows knowledge to be brought to the attention of the world earlier than otherwise. Please visit the Proceedings page for links to the five issues.
Author: Paul Williams
Plants are exceptional chemists and their pharmacy provides us with an enormous number of compounds that are essential to our long-term good health.
Royal Society Member Ron Turner has produced a delightful e-book on the lighthouses of Australia. 18 lighthouses in Queensland are featured, each with an impressive photograph and a page of notes. The compilation will be an excellent companion for anyone visiting one of structures, each one a masterpiece of innovation.
It can be found at www.esplash.me . Scroll down to the Featured Publications section where this eBook can be found together with articles relating to the authors’ sojourns at two Queensland lighthouses in recent years (Living at a Lighthouse) even a ‘History of Fraser NP’ and several other articles about that park.
Living at Bustard Head and Double Island Point
Ron Turner, former Ranger-in-Charge at Cooloola National Park, with wife Yvonne, has written a charming e-book Living at a Lighthouse, chronicling sojourns at Bustard Head and Double Island Point lighthouses on Queensland’s central-south coast. See his Member’s Interest page.
Royal Society member Corinne Unger presented at a Mt Coot-tha quarry forum hosted on 8 October by Brisbane City Councillor Michael Berkman and Mt Coot-tha Alliance to kick off the conversation on rehabilitation and closure planning. (more…)
Queensland has agreed to join the nascent Royal Societies of Australia, a collaboration between the state-based Royal Societies. This step recognises the national dimension of many policy issues that exercise Queensland’s scientists: water management, stewardship of pastoral lands, mine rehabilitation and preventative health to mention just a few.
The RSA will focus on outreach of scientific knowledge rather than ceremony and is differentiated from the Australian Academy of Science in that it does not aspire to be an elite-level academy. Further information on the RSA website.
Member Kate Charters, Principal of Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA), has advised that the presentations from the August 2019 conference are now available. Follow this link. Some presentations are backed up by full articles. Many themes are relevant to the Society’s Rangelands Policy Dialogue initiative.
SEGRA 2020 is to be held on 22-24 September 2020 in Mt Gambier, Limestone Coast SA.