News & Events

Recent News

Tide of evidence shows that the Reef is in need of our help
Tide of evidence shows that the Reef is in need of our help

The Sunday Mail published an opinion piece by the President on 14 January defending the integrity of scientific research and peer-reviewed publication against a criticism in the previous week’s newspaper.

Eungella rainforests
Eungella rainforests

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. […]

Pandora captures knowledge
Pandora captures knowledge

PANDORA, Australia’s web archive, stores substantive websites on rotation. This wonderful service, an element of Australia’s information infrastructure, aims to archive valuable information that otherwise might vanish when websites are restructured. Captured versions of the Society’s website from June 2015, […]


Taxonomy is a neglected field in science as it crosses numerous disciplines and no single discipline can speak on its behalf. But it is an field essential for understanding numerous other disciplines. An ‘Exposure Draft’ of a decadal plan for […]


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

26 March 2018

Preventative health

A lunchtime forum and deliberative workshop on the pre-conditions for chronic disease will be held in the premises of PWC on 26 March. Keynote speaker Prof. Robyn McDermott on the cost of not funding preventative health seriously. Bookmark this page for updates.

The sponsorship of PriceWaterhouseCooper is warmly acknowledged.

26 November 2018

Year-long Events Calendar

Inspiring Queensland has established an 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!