The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior scientific institution 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. 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 has agreed to be Patron for the duration of his term of office.


Recent News

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Member Kerensa McCallie, Manager, Conservation Programs with Wildmob, has announced the inaugural Festival, featuring guided bushwalks, birding excursions and social events.

Eungella is located on the Clarke Range, approximately 65 km west of Mackay in Central Queensland. The area supports the only known population of Eungella Honeyeater as well as many other rare and threatened birds such as the Squatter Pigeon. A diversity of habitats from open woodlands to highland rainforest will impress visitors and present a birdwatching and bushwalking experience like no other.

Led by expert guides, you can participate in organised activities or optional activities. You can come up for the day or stay for the whole week.

Wildmob, sponsored by Mackay Regional Council and supported by the Eungella Progress Association, Birdlife Mackay and the Mackay Bushwalkers Club, is hosting what is hoped will be the first of many Festivals.

Early record books now online

Early records of the Society and its predecessor the Queensland Philosophical Society are now available through the State Library of Queensland’s finding aid One Search.

  • Minute books from 1883 to the 1940s are available in nine files.

Four more files include:

  • Members’ register from 1859 Member No. 1
  • Library Borrowing Book 1870-1930
  • Secretary’s notebook
  • Minute book 1868 – 1883 etc.

This is a landmark step in protecting the Society’s heritage. The fragile works were taken from their secure repository in the Museum to conservation scanning in the State Library.

A table of links to National Library of Australia’s archive of some newspapers mentioned in the minutes is also available.

Mine rehabilitation 2

Member Corinne Unger, Senior Research Officer, Sustainable Minerals Institute, was interviewed by Wendy Harmer on an ABC Breakfast (Sydney) program on abandoned mines on 17 February. Corinne is an international expert on life-cycle analysis of mining. Corinne’s audio file is now available.

Landscape Health reports – free copies

A stocktake has brought to light a few boxes of special issue Landscape Health of Queensland 2002. The depth of understanding by Queensland scientists of how to manage the State’s natural resources shines through the pages. A copy of the contents pages is clickable. Copies free as a teaching aid. Contact the Society to arrange collection or postage.