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. It hosts the Queensland Policy Network , an initiative at an early stage of development.

Queensland Science Network

The Queensland Science Network , hosted by the Royal Society of Queensland, is a collaboration between some 22 not-for-profit scientific societies. Its website, which went live on 18 June 2018 but is at an early stage of development, will serve as a portal to each participating group and to a calendar of forthcoming events. The Network has a Facebook page under construction. The domain www.scienceqld.org.au is a registered address of the Society and complements the Queensland Government’s science site, www.des.qld.gov.au/science/ .


Recent News

Carbon video – Soils for Life

Member Alan Lauder, “The Carbon Expert”, features in a video that has had 2,500 views on one day. Check the Facebook site of Soils for Life:

www.facebook.com/SoilsforLife/videos/1837663936256809/ .

Corinne Unger honoured

Member Corinne Unger was among a  list of distinguished contributors to the minerals industry recognised in the 2018 Awards of AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

Ms Unger won the award for AusIMM Professional Excellence. She was nominated by the Community and Environment Society of AusIMM for various committee roles and for policy advocacy on mine rehabilitation and closure and abandoned mines over the years. She was previously the inaugural chair of the Society’s Committee.

The photo shows Ms Unger receiving her award presented at the AusIMM Annual Awards Dinner on 21 April 2018 in Adelaide.

She is progressively populating a page on our website with documents on mine remediation: http://www.royalsocietyqld.org/mine-rehabilitation/.


Spiders book re-published

Society member Robert Whyte has just signed off on the artwork for the third printing of his A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, CSIRO Publishing 2017, with Greg Anderson co-author. The first printing sold out in under four weeks. This third printing contains about 50 updates, mostly taxonomical changes since 1 June 2018.

A short foreword by Tim Low is followed by an entertaining  preface and a general preamble covering elements of diversity, history, anatomy, biology and shortcuts to identifying spider groups.

Please visit our Products, projects and skills page for details.


The disadvantage of youth

Can teenagers reasonably be held accountable for their actions?

Are we all born equal? How early in life (or in the womb) is our life trajectory set? Are poor life skills the product of our upbringing, or genetically predetermined? What factors most dispose teenagers to end in gaol? Which preconditions of ill health in young people are most fundamental and most ripe for remedial investment? Does out-of-home care lead youngsters to an unstable, unhealthy life or do behavioural problems lead to separation from family?

No one disputes that human behaviour is conditioned by factors pre-determined at birth, by factors determined by upbringing and by free choices made by people capable of rational thought and agency. How relatively powerful are the pre-natal and early childhood factors? The answer determines whether dysfunctional behaviour should be seen as primarily a health problem or a criminal justice problem.

Come along and contribute your insights to the general discussion, and to a model of preventative health being developed for the Queensland Government. See flyer for more details and see Eventbrite to register.

Research Fund grants – applications now open

Applications for inaugural grants from the Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund are now open, following the launch on 5 June by Life Member Prof Trevor Clifford OAM.

Further details are on the Research page, summarised in the Call for Applications.

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands

A Discussion Paper From Red to Black to Green has been released (20 June 2018) (3MB). All those interested in the management of Queensland’s pastoral zone are invited to turn to our Stewardship page for this report and supporting documents; and then turn to the Stewardship Responses page for feedback received to date. The paper outlines a proposal for a “stewardship incentives scheme” and offers a policy framework for the Land Restoration Fund announced during the 2017 State election.

The Discussion Paper is a submission to the Society and does not necessarily represent the Society’s policy.

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

Proceedings 122

The 122nd annual edition of this venerable journal is now available for purchase. Articles this year:

Frederick Strange, naturalist – Pat Comben
Propagation of rock oysters – Ben Diggles
Building science into policy – Geoff Edwards
Decline of native flora for bees – Don Keith
Lungfish endangered – Anne Kemp
Monitoring of mine rehabilitation – David Marlow
Masterplan of Brisbane – Nedjima Mouhoubi et al
Environmental studies at Griffith – Calvin Rose et al.

Copies are available from the Secretary ($35, PO Box 6021 St Lucia 4067) or per article from our agent Informit. Members receive a print copy free of charge.

Papers invited – Proceedings 123, rainforests, preventative health

Researchers with scientific knowledge to share are invited to submit papers for forthcoming issues of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. Separate Guides to Authors for each issue are available.

Proceedings 123 – the annual issue, published regularly since 1884, dedicated to publishing general science related to Queensland – copy deadline 1 July 2018. Contact Hon. Editor Dr Barry Pollock editor@royalsocietyqld.org.au.

Special Issue on Eungella rainforests – contact Prof Roger Kitching, Guest Editor.

Special Issue on preventative health – deadline 31 December 2018. Contact Dr Joseph McDowall, Guest Editor.

Abstracts of completed students’ dissertations at honours level and above are warmly invited, especially if the authors do not intend to publish them subsequently.

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