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

The Race between Education and Catastrophe

Member Dr Donnell Davis has brought to attention the book that was the product of her doctoral studies in Professional Studies (Urban Climate Governance). The book is available open access on the following link:


Ian Lowe’s Long Half-life

Monday 20 September 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM AEST In store at Avid Reader Bookshop and  ZOOM Online.

Include email address when registering. Register before 4.00PM on 20 September.

Instore guests – 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. Check In Qld App when signing in patrons. Online guests – we email the Zoom event link after 4.00pm AEST on the day of the event.

This book is a clarion call for sanity at a time when we can finally get the nuclear monkey off our back – highly recommended.’ Peter Garrett. Rod Welford is in-conversation with Ian Lowe discussing Long Half-life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia.

Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never been comprehensively documented. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role, from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. Should the next generation of submarines be nuclear powered? Can nuclear energy help to slow global climate change? Do we need nuclear weapons for defence? Should we store radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in our region?

Long Half-life is a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry, revealing the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion. ‘Ian Lowe brings both scientific rigour and personal depth to an issue that has generated heartache and headlines for decades. This cautionary tale is timely and important.’ Dave Sweeney, Australian Conservation Foundation

Society member Ian Lowe AO is uniquely qualified to tell this story, following a long career in universities, research councils and advisory groups.

Repairing the environmental deficit

A workshop held both in-person at Griffith Southbank and online addressed many issues of contemporary salience around incentivising land restoration. In this one day workshop a panel discussed the role of markets, certification schemes and governments in emerging models of land management that embrace environmental stewardship. The event was organised by Member Dr Philippa England, with four other Society members participating.

Click here for the provisional program. The presentations and videos from the workshop have been uploaded to a Griffith website and can be found here. Dr England’s opening address is here.

NRM in the Rangelands Conference

Desert Channels Queensland and the Australian Rangeland Society are hosting the NRM in the Rangelands Conference- shaping our future, 2021. Members of The Royal Society of Queensland are prominent in organising the event.

Rangelands cover about 80% of the Australian interior, spanning 3100 km east to west and 1400 km north to south. This vast region contains varied landscapes, including,  savannas, woodlands, shrub lands grasslands and wetlands. Water supply is often sporadic with many river systems draining into internal lakes, such as Lake Eyre.

Over the past seven years drought has affected much of the Rangelands and the focus has turned to improving future resilience of the environment, the communities and industry. The conference will showcase and share emerging ideas and innovations so that participants can collectively contribute to improving the condition of the Rangelands. More information from the ARS website or the Desert Channels website.

Maintaining Queensland’s regional natural capital and ecosystem services

Sustainable Queensland Forum partnered with the Society and the Central Queensland University to run an interesting seminar in 2016. The proceedings have been rescued from the digital dungeon and are now available on the Events 2016 page of the Society’s website. Topics covered included:

  1. A stewardship model for managing Queensland’s pastoral lands
  2. The Australian experience in using biodiversity tenders for conservation
  3. The renewable energy revolution
  4. Economic Incentives for Key Environmental Values
  5. A strategy for expanding and managing Queensland’s protected area estate
  6. Climate change projection for Queensland
  7. Threats posed by the spread of invasive grasses
  8. Grazing, a conservation tool in fire sensitive ecosystems impacted by buffel grass
  9. The role of citizen science in sustainable tourism
  10. Public vs private management of conservation estate (fences).

National Stewardship of Country proceedings

Presentations from the three webinars hosted by the Royal Societies of Australia in February-March 2021 have been published as Volume 133(1) of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. For other material on the stewardship of rural country see Rural Policy Background Reading page.

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.

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