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 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.
The Society hosts the Queensland Science Network and the Queensland Policy Network, both initiatives being at an early stage of development.
Member Alan Lauder is writing a new series of columns explaining how flows of carbon through pastoral ecosystems carry energy and nutrients and make them available to plants and animals. See Alan Lauder’s member’s page for details.
Since the Electricity Act 1994 was promulgated, advancing technology, the east coast National Electricity Market, emissions profiles, ownership, prices, grid reliability and intergovernmental relations have all changed extensively.
On 8 September the Society hosted the first of a new series of lunchtime forums from 12.30 – 1.30, featuring renewable energy expert Alan Pears AM.
The lunchtime forum was followed by a deliberative workshop co-hosted with the TJ Ryan Foundation, Queensland’s home-grown think tank, and in consultation with the Department of Energy and Water Supply.
This workshop examined evidence from science, technology and economics with a view to producing a set of principles that could guide the Queensland Government in transitioning to an as-yet unknown future in both generation and distribution.
Alan Pears’ slide presentation is available to all those who registered for the event and to members of the Society.
A report of an afternoon on 29 June with open access campaigner Sir Timothy appears on our Events page.