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Green Vouchers
Green Vouchers

Society member Dr Philippa England has drafted a proposal for a green voucher scheme that would overcome the heavy transaction costs of the market-based carbon trading schemes. Dr England will present on her proposal at the Society’s AGM on 9 […]

Proceedings Volume 129 now online
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 We congratulate all authors on their scholarship. Printing is on track to be completed by the […]

Governor grants patronage
Governor grants patronage

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 […]

Office of Science Quality Assurance
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 […]


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Snippets about Members and their activities

Vale Dr Alan Bartholomai AM (1938-2015)

Alan was Director of the Queensland Museum from 1969-1999, the longest serving Director in its history. Dr Bartholomai oversaw the relocation of the Queensland Museum from Fortitude Valley to South Bank Cultural Centre.

A renowned authority on Cretaceous era fish and Cenozoic marsupials, Dr Bartholomai is well-known by the public for his work in describing the Australian dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus with Ralph Molnar.

Dr Bartholomai was a member of the Royal Society of Queensland and served as President. An obituary will be published in the 2017 issue of the Society’s Proceedings.

Forthcoming Events

9 December 2021  -  9 December 2021

Annual General Meeting

The Society’s AGM will be held in the UQ General Purpose Building North 39A, on the northern side of the campus built area near the tennis courts. Room 209. Contact the Society for further details. the event is open to the public.

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Check Queensland Science Network for events by other scientific and citizen science bodies.

Recent Awards and Congratulations

Prof Sean Ulm honoured

Professor Sean Ulm honoured again

Fellow of the National Academy

Assoc. Professor Sean Ulm

On 1 December 2015 the Australian Academy of the Humanities announced that Member Associate Professor Sean Ulm has been elected a Fellow.  Prof. Ulm is a Cairns-based ARC Future Fellow in the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.  The Academy describes him thus: “A specialist at the forefront of human-environmental studies in Aboriginal archaeology, particularly from coastal contexts in northern Australia and the Pacific, Ulm’s work is credited for recasting the nature of coastal occupation models from the Holocene period by integrating accurate climate models with forensic analysis of coastal sites.  He is highly regarded for his coordination of multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation of the prehistoric coastal record.”
We congratulate Sean on this important recognition of the scholarly influence and quality of his work.

UQ Gatton Gold Medal

PP Paul Sattler

Past President Paul Sattler OAM was awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal at a ceremony on the campus on 15 December 2015.  Among a career lifetime of other achievements, Paul’s pioneering work in identifying regional ecosystems and applying this science in the 1990s as a tool for augmenting the National Park estate was a primary basis for the award.  In his acceptance address, Paul – himself a graduate of Gatton College – highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach in managing contemporary issues such as rangeland management, climate change, salinisation of soils and food security. Congratulations, Paul!