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Warning to Humanity
Warning to Humanity

Member Dr Bill Laurance is co-author of a joint letter signed by more than 15,000 scientists warning that pressure of human population on the earth’s life support systems is placing the survival of humanity at stake. The letter was published […]

Evidence-based policy – One-day seminar
Evidence-based policy – One-day seminar

Puzzled about climate claims and counter-claims? Unsure about the need for sustainability reporting in your business? Confused as to which sources of scientific knowledge to trust? The Society is pleased to offer a professional development day open to all who […]

Climate debate off the rails
Climate debate off the rails

If evidence were still needed that the public discourse over climate change remains nasty, shallow and unconducive to rational debate, one need only read the more than 500 comments attached to the online version of the President’s article in The […]

Pumped Storage Hydro for Queensland
Pumped Storage Hydro for Queensland

The second in our new series of Lunchtime Forums featured Dr Matthew Stocks, co-author of a report by Australian National University on pumped hydro storage. Prof Simon Bartlett AM, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Powerlink followed on specific sites and […]


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

22 November 2017

Annual General Meeting – fall in love with spiders

Robert Whyte, honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum and co-author of A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, published by CSIRO, will be guest speaker. Community Meeting Room, ground floor, Brisbane City Council library, Brisbane Square. Refreshments at 3:30 PM, meeting starts 4 PM sharp until 6 PM. The public are welcome.

21 November 2017

Evidence-based policy – One-day seminar

A professional development day open to all who wish to strengthen their skills in building scientific and other evidence-based knowledge into decision-making and policy.

The course will not be heavy in technical scientific content.

A flyer with a provisional program is available. A page has been reserved for contact details and other materials.

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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.