Annual General Meeting

4pm for 4.15pm on Thursday 10 November, online event.

Members’ Networking Event

A members’ networking event is planned for a date in August and venue to be determined.

Stewardship of Country

The webinars are available on Facebook as well as the website of the Royal Societies of Australia.

Rangelands think-tank

A discussion forum on 21 December to sketch a strategy for transitioning the Rangelands to sustainability. Attendance by invitation.

Annual General Meeting

The Society’s members-only AGM will be held by zoom at 4 PM on 10 December.

Government House Open Day

The Royal Societies of Australia has been invited to take part in the Government House Open Day on Saturday 14 March, in Canberra. We will have a display stall set up in the grounds of Government House, and so there […]

World Science Festival – Brisbane: 25 – 29 March 2020

The World Science Festival proposed for March 2020 has been cancelled.

Scientific publishing and fake news

At EcoSciences Precinct, Dutton Park. Vice-President Dr Geoff Edwards 10am-11am. Public welcome.

Annual General Meeting

Informal discussion – 3pm. Formal meeting – 4pm. Presentations by Research Fund awardees and on climate trends – 5.30pm. Email rsocqld At for details.

Botanical Art workshops

Member Dr Tanya Scharaschkin will be in Cooroy for a 3-week art residency at the Butter Factory Art Centre, producing art based on plant cells and hosting an exhibition. Exhibition 10-15 Oct 2019, Masterclass 13 Oct.    

Rangelands Policy Dialogue

A workshop on the pastoral estate’s future given farm debt and climate change. Details on Rangelands Policy Dialogue page.

Vale Dr Ben Lawson

The funeral of Dr Ben Lawson, Life Member of the Society, will be held at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland at 10am. See post on left.

Research Fund – Call for Applications

Deadline 31 July, not 1 July as advertised in some places. See Research page for details.

Bilby Tracks 2019 campout

Details of this trip (not a Society event) on the Save the Bilby website and flyer.

Queensland Science Network

His Excellency the Governor will launch the Network and its website at a reception in Government House on 13 June. Registration now closed

Annual General Meeting

Community Meeting Room, ground floor, Brisbane Square Library Thursday 29 Nov. at 4 PM. Presentations from the two winners of the Society’s 2018 Research Fund awards will be a highlight. Public welcome. Business until 6 PM followed by light refreshments.

Research Fund award

The inaugural grants from the Research Fund will be announced at the Society’s AGM on 29 November, not on 31 October as previously announced.

Pre-conditions of health in remote and Indigenous communities

The third workshop on preventative health will focus on remote and Indigenous communities, on 20 February 2019 in Brisbane. Register via Eventbrite. See flyer for more details including supporting speakers.

2018 John O’Hagan Lecture “Quality in Research” by Alan Finkel

By Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel on Tuesday 20 Nov. at the UQ Centre, University of Queensland, 5.15 for 6pm. Dr O’Hagan is a Life Member of the Society. (Event organised by Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences). See […]

Some youth are disadvantaged from birth !

Second workshop in a series of three on preventative health, keynote Dr Malcolm McDonald, Consultant Physician, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, James Cook University. Afternoon of Thursday 9 August. This event is fully booked. See Community Health page for more […]

Stewardship incentives for the pastoral zone

A proposed ‘stewardship incentives scheme’ will be announced at an event in the Auditorium, 111 George St. Refreshments 12.00 noon, Keynote presentation 12.30, Roundtable discussion with eminent panellists 1.30 to 4.30. Free of charge. Register for catering purposes via Eventbrite […]

Design your own game!

Create your own award-winning board game abounding with Australian biodiversity! Sunday 29 April, 9.00am – 12 noon. The Edge (State Library of Queensland), South Bank, Brisbane. Society Member Ariel Marcy will launch a free online game design tool (demo here). […]

Research Fund grants open

The inaugural round of applications for grants from the Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund will be launched by Life Member Prof Trevor Clifford at a celebration at the University of Queensland at 11am on 5 June 2018. More details […]

Citizen Science: Challenges and benefits for biodiversity conservation

The Hut Environment and Community Association will present a forum on Saturday, 11 August 2018 at Pullenvale. Abstracts by 6 April. Flyer has details.

Science Events Calendar

Inspiring Queensland maintains a year-round events calendar for science -related events throughout Queensland.

Evidence-led Toolkit

Come to Seminar Room 3, at 111 George St, at 12.30pm for a lunchtime forum with Dr Brendan Markey-Towler and the President on a toolkit for building evidence into policy. Then over a light lunch into the afternoon participate in […]

Annual General Meeting – fall in love with spiders

Robert Whyte, honorary researcher in arachnology at the Queensland Museum and co-author of A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, published by CSIRO, will be guest speaker. Community Meeting Room, ground floor, Brisbane City Council library, Brisbane Square. Refreshments at […]

Evidence-based policy – One-day seminar

A professional development day open to all who wish to strengthen their skills in building scientific and other evidence-based knowledge into decision-making and policy. The course will not be heavy in technical scientific content. A flyer with a provisional program […]

Pumped Storage Hydro

A Lunchtime Forum featuring Dr Matthew Stocks, 12 noon for 12.30-1.30 pm at 111 George St, Brisbane. Register via Eventbrite.

Inexpensive, Reliable and Clean: Queensland’s Electricity System

A workshop in the series “Science for Decision-makers” will be held in 111 George Street, on 20 October, from 2.00 – 4.30 pm plus refreshments. The event will consider the implications of Dr Matt Stocks’ earlier forum then debate a […]

A new electricity regime for Queensland

After the Lunchtime Forum, the Society will join with the TJ Ryan Foundation to co-host a workshop to examine how the electricity regime might be reformed, in consultation with the Department of Energy and Water Supply. The workshop will run […]

Can economics catch up with science? Lunchtime forum on electricity

Can a competitive market adequately accommodate the technology that is driving change in electricity supply?  On 8 September, Alan Pears AM, who has advised the Victorian Government and APEC Ministers on electricity reform, will outline emerging trends in electricity generation […]

Closed and open access to scholarly knowledge

An afternoon with Sir Timothy Gowers World-renowned British mathematician and open access campaigner Sir Timothy Gowers featured at an event co-sponsored by the State Library of Queensland on 29 June at the State Library’s Auditorium. About 70 members and guests […]

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Led by expert guides, you can participate in organised or optional activities. You can come for the day or stay for the whole week – 25 Sep. to 1 Oct. Organised by Wildmob (not Royal Society). To book visit Wildmob’s […]

Science and ethics

Q and A panel discussion, Science Students’ Association, Queensland University of Technology. 6pm – 8pm. Contact SSA for more info.

Learned societies

Seminar room 4, ground floor, 80 George St (adjoining café), 9.30 for 10.00am until noon. Contact the Society for an invitation.

Annual General Meeting

Queensland University of Technology on Friday, 28 October, from 3.30 PM informal conversation then 4 PM to 6 PM. Room P638. Guest speaker A/Prof. (Climatology), Joachim Ribbe, University of Southern Queensland.  

Teacher preparation brainstorm

Professor Ken Wiltshire AO, Co-Chair of the 2014 Australian Curriculum Review, will be keynote speaker at an open brainstorming workshop to be held on Thursday 17 November in Room V714 at Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point campus. Please see […]

Enduring legacy of Queensland’s botanists – 12 Sep

The Queensland Herbarium hosts free public seminars at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens once a month (March to November) on every second Monday from noon until 1pm in the conference room in the Herbarium building. No need to register, just […]

Deep History of Sea Country – 6 October

The Professorial Inaugural Lecture presented by distinguished Member Prof Sean Ulm was delivered on 6 October in Cairns. The Deep History of Sea Country: Colonisation, Submerged Landscapes and the Archaeology of Australia’s Coasts. Guests were invited to register prior to […]

Australia’s ‘comparative advantage’ – 7 September

A new report on potential opportunities for Australia to develop ‘comparative advantage’, notably through research and innovation, was launched at the Queensland Museum, on 7 September. The report has been prepared by the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia […]

Workshop on Community Health in North Queensland

The interest of the Royal Society of Queensland in community health dates back to its foundation in 1859. With this background, the Society agreed to host a workshop in Cairns on 30 May to examine current models of achieving community […]

Inaugural John O’Hagan Lecture

The Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences has established an annual lecture named in honour of the founder and first President of the Academy, Dr John O’Hagan. The inaugural John O’Hagan Lecture was given by Professor Peter Doherty AC, the […]

Investiture of Prof Ray Specht

Speaker: Special Meeting – Non-members welcome Location: EcoSciences Precinct, Boggo Road, Dutton Park. 12.00 noon for 12.30 until 1.45 pm Investiture of Prof Ray Specht with Honorary Life Membership Launch of Proceedings 120 Preview of new website  


Chaired by Ms Lauren Stephenson, Director, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist on behalf of Dr Geoff Garrett AO Queensland’s Chief Scientist and Dr Geoff Edwards President, Royal Society of Queensland. The Royal Society of Queensland is keen to promote high quality education in […]

Congratulations Martina and Natasha

Inaugural Royal Society of Queensland Awards, North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences The Inaugural Royal Society of Queensland (RSQ) Awards were presented during the closing ceremony of the 11th North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences held in Townsville on the 4th […]

Society General Meeting

Speaker: Member Gary Hopewell M.Sc. Principal Scientist The guided tour of the Salisbury Forestry Research Facility included a most worthwhile presentation on the history and use of the Queensland xylaria – the only collections currently in use in Australia.  All […]

Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Prof Suzanne Miller, CEO of Queensland Museum Speaker: Dr Geoff Edwards, President on three drivers of anti-environmental, anti-science thinking  

Congratulations Professor Bryden

Emeritus Professor Michael BRYDEN of St Lucia has been honoured with the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. Prof Bryden was President of the Society in 1976, Vice-President for four years between […]

Seminar on Research as Infrastructure – and Launch of new Research Fund

Speakers: The Governor of Queensland Her Excellency The Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Chief Scientist of Queensland Dr Geoff Garrett, Research Director CSIRO Ms Anna Littleboy, President of Royal Society Dr Geoff Edwards, Convenor of Central Queensland Koala Volunteers Dr Alistair Melter, Grazier Mr Alan Lauder […]

Community Infrastructure Forum: Not just concrete & cranes

Speaker: Various Location: Kindler Theatre, Queensland University of Technology. 8.30am-1.00pm Program Rationale for the event and Preliminary program as advertised. Also see Flyer as advertised.  Also see Geoff Edwards’ explanation of the background to the event. Speaker bios and Program as delivered. Speaker presentations Summary:  Summary of the presentations. […]

Cane toads in artesian-fed springs

Speaker: Alisha Steward Cane toads in artesian-fed springs in central Queensland.  A poster summary of the presentation is available – copyright to authors and the Queensland Government.  

Tour of Society’s Library and Queensland Museum Library

Guided by  Queensland Museum Librarians:  Kerry Cody (Manager), Meg Lloyd (indexed the collection when it was housed at QUT), Kathy Buckley (RSocQ Hon. Librarian) Tour of Society’s Library and Queensland Museum Library.  There are some 22,000 volumes in the Society’s library.  Some […]

Publishing Queensland Science : EcoSciences Precinct, 10 March

Some 35 Queensland Government scientists participated in a discussion forum on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 12.30pm in Seminar room GA 603. The Society’s Hon. Editor Dr Barry Pollock attended with the President.

Maintaining regional Queensland’s natural capital: June conference

A symposium on 29, 30 June 2016 sought to explore pathways to practical and effective natural resource and conservation management in regional Queensland. Rural producers, natural resource managers and conservation managers face a constantly changing set of climatic and human […]