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 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

Proceedings Volume 129 now online

Almost all articles submitted for Volume 129 of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland have now been published on line at https://www.royalsocietyqld.org/proceedings-129/. We congratulate all authors on their scholarship. Printing is on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Summary Table of Contents
Jell, P. A new species of Late Middle Cambrian Trilobite.
Jones, E. Pathological features of canine and feline bladder disease.
Riedel, J. Evolution of micro-ornamentation in Australian geckos.
Specht, A. Obituary for R.L. Specht.
Campbell, B. et al. Crocodile tooth histology from a Pliocene deposit in Chinchilla.
Anderson, P. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and amateur astronomy in Queensland.
Jell, P. et al. Ordovician Fauna in a small fault block on the Yarrol Fault.
Williams, P. et al. An appraisal of the Queensland Flora Survey Guidelines for protected plants, through a survey of Ipomoea antonschmidii.
Stork, N. The Daintree Canopy Crane: Conception, installation and operation.

Also, Dr Ross Hynes’ presidential address, citations for Life Membership of Em. Prof. Dilwyn Griffiths and Past President Craig Walton and the Society’s Annual Report. Much to read about contemporary science in Queensland.

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Governor grants patronage

Government House

The Society is gratified that the incoming Governor of Queensland, Dr Jeannette Young PSM, has granted Royal patronage to the Society, a privilege extended by successive Governors since 1885. We express our thanks to Dr Young and look forward to accepting her offer to officiate at significant events in the Society’s life.

We also express our appreciation to the outgoing Governor, the Hon. Paul de Jersey AC for continuing patronage and for accepting our requests to host receptions at Government House on several occasions.

Office of Science Quality Assurance

On 21 October 2021, members discussed the recent advocacy for an Office of Science Quality Assurance by AgForce and other parties. There was general support for the position taken publicly by the President that scientists should oppose the establishment of some bureaucratic entity that would pass judgement on scientific publications, as that risks politicising science. (more…)

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

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.

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

On 3 September a workshop was held both in-person at Griffith Southbank and online to address 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 hosted the NRM in the Rangelands Conference- shaping our future, 2021. Members of The Royal Society of Queensland were 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. More information from the ARS 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).

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