The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State. It issued the ﬁrst annual Proceedings in 1884. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London, founded in 1660.
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 and scientists but is not politically aligned. Its main contemporary activities are networking between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holding seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishing the 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.
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 likely to influence health at population scale? Which investments in health work best and what are the relative costs of not making them?
All welcome at a free lunchtime forum featuring Prof Robyn McDermott then a brainstorm.
Hon. Editor Dr Barry Pollock is accepting papers 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 produce an article worthy of publication in this venerable journal. Short Communications, Opinion Pieces and student abstracts can all be accepted as well as substantive research articles. All papers except student abstracts are peer reviewed.
The Society intends to publish a Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland on the rainforests of the Eungella region late in 2018, in addition to the standard issue. All inquiries to the Guest Editor Prof. Roger Kitching of Griffith University. See Guide to Authors -Eungella for more information.
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.