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The Royal Society of Queensland is the senior learned society in the State, founded in 1884.   It traces its ancestry to the Royal Society of London, founded in 1660. Royal Societies have been established independently in every State: see link .
The Society seeks to increase respect for intellectual inquiry. It encourages original research and the application of evidence-based method to policy-making. The Society advocates on behalf of science and 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, a journal of record, now in its 128th volume.
Membership: 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 some 25 not-for-profit scientific and naturalists’ societies. Its website is a portal to each group and their events.
Queensland Policy Network: The Queensland Policy Network is a nascent forum to foster dialogue within Queensland’s policy community. It seeks to counter ‘fake news’ and policy-making based upon ideology, preconceived positions or single-disciplinary enthusiasms.

 

Recent News

Farewell and thanks

On Monday 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 originally 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 already hosts our other websites www.scienceqld.org, www.policyqld.org.au and www.rangelandsqld.org.au.


Call for papers

Manuscripts are now 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 the Proceedings of The Royal Society Of Queensland, received from the printer in the week of his passing. See also his retrospective web-published in 2018.

When the time is right the Society will celebrate a wonderful and exceptionally productive, important life.


Stewardship of Country webinars

Three webinars examining the meaning of “stewardship” of Australia’s landscapes were organised by the Royal Societies of Australia with Inspiring Australia on 24 Feb., 10 and 24 March. See Royal Societies of Australia website for details. Also see Facebook .

This series of three virtual events represented a collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts, industry practitioners, thinkers and the Royal Societies of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales with support from the CSIRO. The proceedings will be published by the Royal Society of Victoria.

‘Country’ is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander term used widely with strong connections to community,  culture, identity, and language. ‘Stewardship’ describes a custodial relationship on behalf of future generations.


Member honoured

Society member Dr Russell Reichelt has been honoured with an award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day honours list. The citation is for “For distinguished service to marine conservation, to ecosystem management of the Great Barrier Reef, and to climate change research”. We congratulate Dr Reichelt and celebrate his achievements.


Annual edition of Proceedings now published

All articles in the second edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland for 2020, Volume 128, have now been published online. These are available on an open-access basis free of charge, under Creative Commons conditions. Printed copies are available for a cost of $35 plus $10 postage. See Purchases page.


“Springs of the Great Artesian Basin” published

A Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been published. All articles are available free of charge online at www.royalsocietyqld.org/2020-springs-special-issue-vol-126/.

This is an outstanding work of scholarship and policy that includes scientific papers and opinion pieces, from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives.  A limited number of printed copies is available for purchase: see www.royalsocietyqld.org/purchases/.

The Society anticipates that the volume will be an important work of reference to all those with an interest in the Great Artesian Basin as they grapple with the best methods of managing and conserving it.


Publications available

Orders are being taken for several issues of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland:

Volume 125 –The Land of Clouds Revisited: The Biodiversity and Ecology of the Eungella Rainforests – $35 plus $10 postage.

Volume 126 – Springs of the Great Artesian Basin – $50 plus $15 postage.

Volume 127 – A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future – $35 plus $10 postage.

Volume 128 – Regular annual issue 2020 – $35 plus $10 postage.

The table of contents of each of these printed works is or will soon be available on the Proceedings page.

Please proceed to the Purchases page to make payments.


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