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 of its annual Proceedings in 1884.
The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for the sciences in Queensland, with ‘science’ defined broadly. It encourages original 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.
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 Society hosts the Queensland Science Network and the Queensland Policy Network, both initiatives being at an early stage of development.


Recent News

Warning to Humanity

Member Dr Bill Laurance is co-author of a joint letter signed by more than 15,000 scientists warning that pressure of human population on the earth’s life support systems is placing the survival of humanity at stake.

The letter was published in BioScience on 13 November. Congratulations Dr Laurance.

Evidence-based policy – One-day seminar

Puzzled about climate claims and counter-claims? Unsure about the need for sustainability reporting in your business? Confused as to which sources of scientific knowledge to trust?

The Society is pleased to offer a professional development day open to all who wish to strengthen their skills in building scientific and other evidence-based knowledge into decision-making and their organisation’s strategic policy.

The course will focus on evidence-based methods of crafting policy and will not be heavy in technical scientific content.

A flyer with a provisional program is available. A page has been reserved for contact details and other materials.

Climate debate off the rails

If evidence were still needed that the public discourse over climate change remains nasty, shallow and unconducive to rational debate, one need only read the more than 500 comments attached to the online version of the President’s article in The Courier-Mail of Brisbane on 19 October 2017 .

The vehemence of the responses and their ad hominem flavour bode poorly for the prospect of crafting robust policy in Queensland.

Pumped Storage Hydro for Queensland

The second in our new series of Lunchtime Forums featured Dr Matthew Stocks, co-author of a report by Australian National University on pumped hydro storage. Prof Simon Bartlett AM, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Powerlink followed on specific sites and then the need for a DC interconnector between Queensland and South Australia. Their presentations are available on our Electricity page.

The workshop was co-hosted with the TJ Ryan Foundation, Queensland’s home-grown think tank, in consultation with the Department of Energy and Water Supply. Thanks to the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist for sponsorship.

The workshops examined evidence from science, technology and economics with a view to producing a set of principles to guide the Queensland Government in transitioning to an as-yet unknown future in both generation and distribution.