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Stewardship incentives for the pastoral lands
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 […]

Misalignment of energy policy and climate policy
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 […]

Chronic disease – Prevention or patch-up?
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 […]

Authors : Annual opportunity to publish your knowledge
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 […]


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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

29 April 2018

Design your own game!

Create your own award-winning board game abounding with Australian biodiversity! Sunday 29 April, 9.00am – 12 noon. The Edge (State Library of Queensland), South Bank, Brisbane.

Society Member Ariel Marcy will launch a free online game design tool (demo here). The DIY Go Extinct platform allows students and teachers to design their own games about evolution and Australian biodiversity. Grants from Queensland Government Engaging Science and US Embassy Public Affairs acknowledged.

28 May 2018

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral zone

A proposal for a “stewardship incentives scheme” will be announced at a lunchtime forum and roundtable discussion. Auditorium, 111 George St. Refreshments 12.00 noon, forum 12.30, Roundtable 1.30 to 4.30. Free of charge. Register for catering purposes via Eventbrite , see flyer for more details.

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.

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!