The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State, founded in 1884.   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 129th volume. More information on the About page.
There are no educational or professional barriers to membership. The Membership page offers a portal for digital enrolment and renewal.
Queensland Science Network: The Queensland Science Network is a collaboration between ~26 not-for-profit scientific and naturalists’ societies. Its website is a portal to each group.
Queensland Policy Network: 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.
Rangelands Dialogues: 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

International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists

Queensland’s Dr Dana Kelly, an active participant in the Society’s Rangelands Policy Dialogue since July 2019, is President of the International Rangelands Committee, which is responsible for ensuring continuity between the international congresses. After Kenya (see side panel), the next International Rangelands Congress will be in Adelaide, Australia in 2025.

On 15 July 2021 she presented a Keynote Address to the 1st International and 8th National Rangeland Management conference in Iran (via ZOOM). Dr Kelly is also active  in seeking declaration of an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists for 2026.  See IYRP.info for more details.

General science newsletter now free online

The Queensland Science Network, a collaboration between some 26 scientific and natural history societies, publishes a free online Newsletter on a semi-regular basis. The full set is available on the QSN website. Members of the public are warmly invited to subscribe. Please send any items of general science interest to the Editor Mr Col Lynam by email (newsletter AT scienceqld.org) for inclusion in the next issue.

Research Fund applications now open

For the 2021 round, Round 4, the guidelines  has been amended to encourage applications from students as well as from citizen science groups. Students will need to demonstrate that the additional funds will allow work additional to what would be carried out otherwise. Citizen groups will need to secure the support of a research institution accredited by the Australian Tax Office as a Type I DGR. The revised Guidelines for Applicants and the abbreviated Application Form explain the selection criteria. Applications close on 31 August 2021. See Research page for more details.

Official launch of Proceedings completed

On Tuesday 15 June His Excellency, the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey QC officially launched the five volumes of the Society’s Proceedings published in 2020. His Excellency hosted a reception at Government House attended by members, editors and authors from the five volumes. We thank His Excellency for making the facilities available and also for his warm praise of the labours of our editors and authors in bringing this large body of scholarship into the permanent scientific canon.

Call for papers – Linking policy with scientific knowledge in public health

Manuscripts are invited for a Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland dedicated to public health. There is no closing date, as manuscripts will be published as they are accepted, until a sufficient number have been assembled to justify closing the volume. See Proceedings page for details. Also, a page has been opened for casual discussion and short essays on the theme of linking policy with scientific knowledge in public health.

Farewell and thanks

On 1 March 2021, our website developers handed over this website, which they developed pro bono in 2016. The website and the publication search engine were developed and designed by Joseph Listo, Paul Listo and Skye Cornell. The site has been supported and hosted by Paul Listo and Joseph Listo since then.

The website has proved to be stable and fit for purpose. The full-text search capability for the entire archive of Proceedings back to 1884 has been a major innovation and the automated membership roll an enormously valuable aid to the administration of the Society. We sincerely thank Joseph, Paul and Skye for their attention and their goodwill throughout.

The site is now hosted with HostPapa, an international firm which hosts our other websites www.scienceqld.org, www.policyqld.org.au and www.rangelandsqld.org.au.

Call for papers – general science

Manuscripts are invited for annual volume 129 of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland. Closing date 1 July 2021; see Proceedings page for details.

Vale Emeritus Professor Ray Specht AO

Emeritus Professor Ray Specht AO died peacefully on the morning of Saturday 13th February after farewelling his family. To have Ray as a member for 53 years was a privilege and a blessing.

The Society is proud to have published an original review article co-authored – in his 97th year – with his daughter Alison in the most recent issue of its Proceedings, received from the printer in the week of his passing. See also his retrospective web-published in 2018. The Society celebrates a wonderful and exceptionally productive, important life.

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