The Royal Society of Queensland, founded in 1884, is the senior learned society in the State.  The Society seeks to increase respect for intellectual inquiry and evidence-led policy analysis. The Society provides a forum for scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science in society, with ‘science’ defined broadly. The Society networks between disciplinary specialists, government and the community; holds events crossing jurisdictional and sectoral silos; and publishes the annual Proceedings, the pre-eminent journal of Queensland-focused general science, now in its 132st volume. More information on the About page. There are no educational or professional barriers to membership.
The Queensland Science Network is a collaboration between ~26 not-for-profit scientific and naturalists’ societies. Its website is a portal to each group and to general science. It includes a portal into the Queensland STEM Education Network, a compendium of educational materials.
The Queensland Policy Network is a nascent forum to foster discourse in Queensland’s policy community. It will aim to counter ‘fake news’ and policy-making based upon preconceived ideology or single-disciplinary enthusiasms.
The Rangelands Queensland website was established to accommodate materials generated after September 2020 in the course of the Rangelands Policy Dialogue, otherwise recorded on this website.


Recent News

Geraldine Hall Memorial Prize essay

The paper submitted by Dr Wendy Laupu and awarded the Geraldine Hall Memorial Prize has been edited and is now available as the first article in Volume 133 of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland.

Dr Laupu delivered the paper at the launch event of the Knowledge and Learning Centre on Norfolk Island on 1 May 2024. David Hall, son of the late Geraldine Hall, Pharmacist, announced the prize. Her powerpoint is here.

Fracking coal seams and its potential to trigger seismic events

The first paper in its series of Occasional Papers has now been published online in preprint form.

As explained on the landing page for Occasional Papers, establishment of this line of documents was approved by the Council of the Society to accommodate papers that are too long for its annual journal, or in some other way are not in a suitable format. At nearly 20,000 words, a review paper called Coal Seam Gas Mining: Potential to Induce Seismic and Aseismic Events and Aquifer Discontinuity is twice as long as the word limit indicated for articles for its annual Proceedings.

The paper reviews local and international experience in the propensity of fracking coal seam gas seams to trigger seismic events, with a tangible risk of earthquakes. The paper notes the loss of seismographic recording capacity in the University of Queensland and the lack of interest by the Queensland Government in knowing how serious is this risk. The President has issued a press release summarising the findings.

The paper has been subject to peer review and has been revised accordingly. It is published in pre-print form to allow feedback from people with expertise and lived knowledge of the coal seam gas industry. It is yet to be finally copyedited, formatted and proofread, but is scientifically authoritative.

Prevention or patch-up?

The first article in our series on the preconditions of well-being has been published in The Mandarin online newsletter, on 28 February 2024. Read the article here. Consult our community health page for more details, including the context.

By mid-July 2024, ten articles had been published. Click here for a list of them.

Geraldine Hall Memorial Prize – Awarded to Dr Wendy Laupu

The Society is delighted to announce that Dr Wendy Laupu has been awarded the Geraldine Hall Memorial Prize for writing, with an essay on the theme “Updated Mental Health Literacy to Improve Public Health in Remote Australian Communities”. More details on the Research Fund page. Dr Laupu will deliver a lecture on this theme on Norfolk Island, home of the late Geraldine Hall, Pharmacist, on 1 May 2024. Her paper will be published in the 2024 issue of the Society’s Proceedings, volume 134.

Vale Professor Peter Leggat

Emeritus Professor Peter Leggat was a member in good standing Society and prime organiser  of 2016 workshop at the Cairns Institute on Community Health that initiated its Preconditions of Well-being project. We re-publish this obituary Vale Emeritus Professor Peter Leggat – JCU Australia from the James Cook University website.

Prof. Leggat also organised prizes for science students at JCU. The Society is grateful for his service to science, medicine and public policy through his membership.

Planning for Climate Change: Seminar 21 October 2023

As a teaser for this workshop, browse through this powerpoint: An Analysis of the Land-New System in Queensland, Multiple Problems and the Benefits of Constructive Reform (pdf version) by Society member David Marlow, sponsor of the workshop.

(ppt version)

Coal seam gas and agricultural land

Member Dr David George presented at a significant community event at “Glendon”, Nangwee, Queensland 4407 on 26 August. He has supplied the attached Executive Summary of the discussion. The paper concludes by calling for federal intervention to protect good quality food-producing land, because in administering mining and gas leases, the Queensland Government has failed in its custodianship responsibilities .


Seminar 21 October- Planning and climate change

The Society held a face-to-face (plus online) seminar on Saturday 21 October on the theme:

“Are Queensland’s urban and regional planning regimes fit for purpose, given climate change, given the vulnerability of many residential developments to natural disasters, and given relentless environmental deterioration?”

We aim to produce an “Action Plan” in collaboration with SEQ Community Alliance. See the website of the Alliance.

See flyer for this event for more details. Background readings including the President’s introduction are accessible on the dedicated page.

Papers are now invited on this theme, to be published in volume 133 of our Proceedings and to be eligible for the David Marlow Writing Prize (if received before 31 December). See the dedicated page for further details.


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