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 annual Proceedings in 1884.
The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for intellectual inquiry in Queensland. It encourages original scholarly 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, with ‘science’ defined broadly.
The Society advocates on behalf of science but is not politically aligned. It networks between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holds seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishes the annual Proceedings.
The Society hosts the Queensland Science Network , a collaboration between more than 20 knowledge-based not-for-profit societies; and the Queensland Policy Network, both initiatives being at an early stage of development.


Recent News

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands

All those interested in the management of Queensland’s pastoral zone are warmly invited to hear a proposal for a “stewardship incentives scheme” and a policy framework for the Land Restoration Fund announced during the 2017 State election.

President Dr Geoff Edwards will lead the presentations, followed by four panellists then a roundtable in brainstorm format amongst knowledgeable and interested participants from the public service, agriculture, NRM, conservation and community sectors.

The event is co-hosted by NRM Regions, the peak body for the regional natural resource management groups in Queensland.

Light lunch at 12 noon. Presentation at 12:30 PM, followed by question-and-answer, then panellists, then move into roundtable format. End brainstorm at 4:30 PM. Participants can come or go at any time.

Register via Eventbrite for venue management purposes. See Flyer for more details about the event. See separate page on Stewardship for detailed information.

Photo courtesy Alan Lauder, author of the carbon grazing model of pasture management.

Misalignment of energy policy and climate policy

Member Dr Paul Bell has recently co-authored a highly insightful report Inclusive growth and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Australia and China: Removing barriers to solving wicked problems. The work addresses the trajectory of Australia’s economy and the lack of coordination of policy within the energy sector. This is undermining both economic performance and the transition to a lower emissions economy.

It is encouraging to note a high level of alignment between the conclusions of this new substantive report and the findings of the two forums that the Society convened last year on electricity reform.

Chronic disease – Prevention or patch-up?

Which preconditions of ill health are most ripe for remedial investment? Is smoking, poor diet, parasite load, socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination, poor education or lack of exercise most influential? What is the cost of not applying the remedies?

       What actions warrant priority for funding?

See page on current initiative Chronic disease – Prevention or patch-up?.

Authors : Annual opportunity to publish your knowledge

Papers are invited for issue 123 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. See Guide to Authors on the Proceedings page. One does not need to be an established scientist to publish in this venerable journal. Also, a Special Issue on the rainforests of the Eungella region is proposed. Inquiries to the Guest Editor: see Guide to Authors -Eungella .


The Society has been assembling evidence on these subjects in recent times:

Electricity : Inexpensive, reliable and clean – a pathway through the uncertainty and blame-game that seems to be afflicting national electricity policy.

Carbon stocks and flows : A model of carbon management, a ‘must read’ for pastoralists and their advisors.

Research Fund : Donors can perpetuate their interest in science. Applications by researchers for grants will be invited soon (March 2018).

Preventative health : outcomes of  workshop in 2016 in Cairns, foreshadowing events in 2018.

Stewardship of pastoral lands : property rights, duty of care and rural viability.

Community infrastructure : Not just concrete and cranes.

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Carbon flows – key to pastoral productivity

Member Alan Lauder is continuing his series of columns explaining the functioning of pastoral lands, based on science fortified with paddock-scale observations. Flows of carbon carry energy and nutrients and make them available to plants and animals. The materials on Mr Lauder’s member’s page Carbon stocks and flows are essential reading for every grazier, extension officer and those running programs to sequester carbon emissions. The page presents his ground-breaking book of 2008 Carbon Grazing – The Missing Link along with updates and the easy-to-read columns.

Research Fund

The tax deductible Research Fund is open for donations, which are a way of perpetuating donors’ interest in science. More details on the Research Page. Applications for grants will be invited shortly (March 2018).

Tide of evidence shows that the Reef is in need of our help

The Sunday Mail published an opinion piece by the President on 14 January defending the integrity of scientific research and peer-reviewed publication against a criticism in the previous week’s newspaper. See our Press Releases page for more explanation.

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