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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. 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 events 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.

 

Recent News

Proceedings 124 now published

Volume 124 of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been completed and dispatched for printing. For the first time since the journal was launched in 1884, the annual volume has been published online with open access.

The Proceedings is the pre-eminent peer-reviewed journal publishing general Queensland science. The Honorary Editor is now accepting papers for the next annual edition, with a revised manuscript deadline of 31 July.


Spanish exploration of northern Australia – Steve Hutcheon

The curiosity of Member Steve Hutcheon – who has an eclectic interest in Queensland’s early explorers and naturalists – was recently piqued upon learning of a letter by one J.E. Richter in The Sydney Morning Herald of 22 June 1872, page 7d, referring to Spanish exploration of northern Australia between 1640 and 1650. Steve Hutcheon is seeking contact from anyone who might have some knowledge of these voyages or is familiar with the Spanish archives. Read more on his Members’ Interest page.


Eungella rainforests – Themed Proceedings now available

 

The Land of Clouds Revisited – a Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been published on the biology and ecology of the rainforests of the Eungella area inland from Mackay. Further details are on our Proceedings page where the full text appears in digital form. Print copies may be ordered by email to rsocqld@gmail.com.


Call for papers for annual Proceedings

Papers are now invited for Volume 129 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 2020.  Details on the Proceedings page. Short communications, student abstracts and opinion pieces are welcome, as well as conventional research articles. This venerable journal has been in continuous print publication since 1884.

Call for papers – download


Ray Specht honoured

The Society is delighted that Life Member Prof Ray Specht has been honoured in the Australia Day awards with the title of Order of Australia. The official citation catalogues some of Prof Specht’s achievements during a remarkable career of more than 70 years of active research, commencing with the 1948 international expedition to Arnhem Land. (See photo of the young Ray Specht preparing for that journey). A summary of his research is included in a “Retrospective” on this website. Congratulations Prof Specht.


Tropical Ecosystems – New Book

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.”


Research Fund Awards

We are pleased to announce the award of two grants in the second round of the Research Fund.

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.


New procedure for the Proceedings

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 three of the four Special Issues on foot, volumes 125, 126 and 128. 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.


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