The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State. It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London (founded in 1660). It issued the first of its annual Proceedings in 1884.
The Society seeks to increase awareness of and respect for the sciences in Queensland, with ‘science’ defined broadly. It encourages original research and the application of scientific knowledge and method to policy-making and decision-making. The Society provides a forum for scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science in society.
The Society advocates on behalf of science and scientists but is not politically aligned. Its main contemporary activities are networking between scientists, government and the community; holding seminars crossing disciplinary and sectoral silos; and publishing the Proceedings.
The Society hosts the Queensland Science Network and the Queensland Policy Network, both initiatives being at an early stage of development.


Recent News

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 wish to strengthen their skills in building scientific and other evidence-based knowledge into decision-making and their organisation’s strategic policy.

The course will focus on evidence-based methods of crafting policy and will not be heavy in technical scientific content.

A flyer with a provisional program is available. Author bios will follow soon.

Pumped Storage Hydro for Queensland

The second in our new series of Lunchtime Forums will feature Dr Matthew Stocks, co-author of a report by Australian National University on pumped hydro storage. Friday 20 October 2017.  12 noon for 12.30-1.30 pm then refreshments. Flyer here. Then:

Inexpensive, Reliable and Clean

This will be followed at 2 pm by a deliberative workshop: “Inexpensive, reliable and clean: Queensland can have it all”. Prof Simon Bartlett AM, formally Chief Operating Officer of Powerlink will speak then the floor will be open for plenary discussion. The session will focus on the transmission and distribution implications of pumped hydro storage, other renewables and the National Electricity Market generally.

Entry free. Both sessions will be in the Seminar Room, ground floor, 111 George St. Brisbane. Register for both (separately for catering purposes) at Eventbrite. Flyer here.

The workshop is co-hosted with the TJ Ryan Foundation, Queensland’s home-grown think tank, in consultation with the Department of Energy and Water Supply.

The workshop will examine evidence from science, technology and economics with a view to producing a set of principles to guide the Queensland Government in transitioning to an as-yet unknown future in both generation and distribution.

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.

His columns and his earlier book Carbon Grazing are essential reading for every pastoralist and in particular those who are involved in the planning and implementation of the Direct Action program to sequester carbon emissions.


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.