Home

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

Call for papers

Manuscripts are now invited for annul 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 this past week. 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 are being organised by the Royal Societies of Australia with Inspiring Australia. Dates Wed. 24 Feb., 10 and 24 March. See Royal Societies of Australia website for details.

 


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.

All articles destined for this issue have been typeset and are en route to printing. Printed copies will be available for a cost of $35 plus $10 postage.


“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.


History on display – National Science Week

Some of the early history of the Society was placed on display in a blog post by the State Library of Queensland as part of its National Science Week program in August 2020.

Silvester Diggles, one of the founders of the Queensland Philosophical Society (member number 3), is featured in the blog post. One of Silvester’s descendants, marine scientist Dr Ben Diggles, is an active and prominent current member of the Society.


View all Royal Society News