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Recent News

Carbon flows – key to pastoral productivity
Carbon flows – key to pastoral productivity

Member Alan Lauder is writing a new series of columns explaining how flows of carbon through pastoral ecosystems carry energy and nutrients and make them available to plants and animals. See Alan Lauder’s member’s page for details.

A new electricity regime for Queensland?
A new electricity regime for Queensland?

Since the Electricity Act 1994 was promulgated, advancing technology, the east coast National Electricity Market, emissions profiles, ownership, prices, grid reliability and intergovernmental relations have all changed extensively. On 8 September the Society hosted the first of a new series […]

Closed and Open Access – Sir Timothy Gowers
Closed and Open Access – Sir Timothy Gowers

A report of an afternoon on 29 June with open access campaigner Sir Timothy appears on our Events page.

Research Fund Prospectus Available
Research Fund Prospectus Available

A prospectus is available for philanthropists and other inquirers explaining the policy guiding administration of the Society’s Research Fund. See the Research page for further explanation.


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

25 September 2017

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Led by expert guides, you can participate in organised or optional activities. You can come for the day or stay for the whole week – 25 Sep. to 1 Oct.

Organised by Wildmob (not Royal Society). To book visit Wildmob’s site.

See all Royal Society events

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

Recent Awards and Congratulations

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!

Life Member

Prof Ray Specht

Professor Emeritus Ray Specht, eminent plant ecologist, was invested as an Honorary Life Member at a ceremony held on 16 December 2015 at the EcoSciences Precinct, Boggo Road, Dutton Park. Prof Specht commenced his professional career as the youngest member of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948. With a scholarly paper published in 2012 and an encyclopaedia entry in 2013, his career has spanned 65 years.  Prof Specht launched Proceedings 120. The Society salutes him.