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.


Recent News

Closed and Open Access – Sir Timothy Gowers

A report of an afternoon on 29 June with open access campaigner Sir Timothy appears on our Events page.

Research Fund Prospectus Available

A prospectus is available for philanthropists and other inquirers explaining the policy guiding administration of the Society’s Research Fund.

See the Research page for further explanation.

Science education portal now open

The STAR portal is a searchable repository of resources and materials for teachers of science at primary and secondary levels. It has been developed by the Chief Scientist of Australia. People and organisations who sponsor educational activities or produce teaching materials are invited to register their resources as ‘providers’.

The STAR portal is now live.

This project was triggered by a Queensland initiative,a brainstorming session on science education sponsored in 2015 by the Royal Society of Queensland in collaboration with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. The proceedings along with an explanation of the origin of the STAR portal are available on our STEM education page.

Shellfish restoration – major event

Shellfish reefs (oysters, mussels etc.) are ‘the lungs’ of healthy estuaries, providing various ‘ecosystem services’ including water filtering, shoreline stabilisation and food and shelter for fish and crabs.

Member Dr Ben Diggles has been a prime mover behind the pioneering Restore Pumicestone Passage project. This project, now in its experimental stage, aims to rejuvenate the habitat – and the fishing! – in Pumicestone Passage, where less than 5% of historical shellfish populations remain , mainly because of declining water quality which disrupts their breeding cycle.

Dr Diggles is also a leader in the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network which is co-sponsoring the 19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration on 4-6 December 2017 at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Shellfish restoration experts, resource managers, shellfish growers, community groups, NGOs and others are invited to attend the joint conference.

A call for abstracts and further information will be updated regularly on the Shellfish Reef Restoration Website. To stay up to date with the latest conference details and restoration news join the Network mailing list.

A news item about the project’s oyster shell recycling centre at Ningi appeared on the ABC news on 13 July.