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The disadvantage of youth
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 […]

Research Fund grants – applications now open
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 […]

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands
Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands

Discussion Paper From Red to Black to Green now 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 supporting documents; and then turn to the […]

Proceedings 122
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 […]


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Snippets about Members and their activities

Vale Dr Alan Bartholomai AM (1938-2015)

Alan was Director of the Queensland Museum from 1969-1999, the longest serving Director in its history. Dr Bartholomai oversaw the relocation of the Queensland Museum from Fortitude Valley to South Bank Cultural Centre.

A renowned authority on Cretaceous era fish and Cenozoic marsupials, Dr Bartholomai is well-known by the public for his work in describing the Australian dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus with Ralph Molnar.

Dr Bartholomai was a member of the Royal Society of Queensland and served as President. An obituary will be published in the 2017 issue of the Society’s Proceedings.

Forthcoming Events

9 August 2018

Some youth are disadvantaged from birth !

Second workshop in a series of three on preventative health, keynote Dr Malcolm McDonald, Consultant Physician, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, James Cook University. Afternoon of Thursday 9 August. See flyer for more details and Eventbrite to register.

11 August 2018

Citizen Science: Challenges and benefits for biodiversity conservation

The Hut Environment and Community Association will present a forum on Saturday, 11 August 2018 at Pullenvale. Abstracts by 6 April. Flyer has details.

Science Events Calendar

Inspiring Queensland maintains a year-round events calendar for science -related events throughout Queensland.

See all Royal Society events

Check Queensland Science Network for events by other scientific and citizen science bodies.

Recent Awards and Congratulations

Prof Sean Ulm honoured

Professor Sean Ulm honoured again

Fellow of the National Academy

Assoc. Professor Sean Ulm

On 1 December 2015 the Australian Academy of the Humanities announced that Member Associate Professor Sean Ulm has been elected a Fellow.  Prof. Ulm is a Cairns-based ARC Future Fellow in the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.  The Academy describes him thus: “A specialist at the forefront of human-environmental studies in Aboriginal archaeology, particularly from coastal contexts in northern Australia and the Pacific, Ulm’s work is credited for recasting the nature of coastal occupation models from the Holocene period by integrating accurate climate models with forensic analysis of coastal sites.  He is highly regarded for his coordination of multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation of the prehistoric coastal record.”
We congratulate Sean on this important recognition of the scholarly influence and quality of his work.

UQ Gatton Gold Medal

PP Paul Sattler

Past President Paul Sattler OAM was awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal at a ceremony on the campus on 15 December 2015.  Among a career lifetime of other achievements, Paul’s pioneering work in identifying regional ecosystems and applying this science in the 1990s as a tool for augmenting the National Park estate was a primary basis for the award.  In his acceptance address, Paul – himself a graduate of Gatton College – highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach in managing contemporary issues such as rangeland management, climate change, salinisation of soils and food security. Congratulations, Paul!