Queensland's Citizen Science Hub

This website is dedicated to showcasing information generated by member societies, but a few items from other sources are included. To discover materials on subjects of interest, you can browse through the list below, or enter keywords into the search box on the home page. First, some general advice.

What is science and who can be a scientist?

The webpage of the Royal Societies of Australia includes useful explanations of the nature of science. Quoting the UK-based Science Council, “Science is the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of our environment following a systematic methodology based on evidence.” It can be defined as both a body of knowledge we already have and also as the pursuit of a deeper understanding of both ourselves and the world around us. “A scientist is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence, making a hypothesis and testing it, to gain and share understanding and knowledge”. Academic qualifications are not required.

Finding scientific information

A good place to commence a search is your local library. All public libraries nowadays have powerful search engines and librarians who are experienced in information retrieval. To search multiple libraries, try Trove, the National Library of Australia’s umbrella search engine. It indexes books, periodicals and other materials held in the National Library, the State Library of Queensland and many other contributing libraries including universities. (For example, it indexes more than 2 million items in the University of Queensland’s libraries).

To find scholarly articles (published in scientific journals), use academic search engines Google Scholar, EBSCO, Scopus and Informit. Informit is an Australian search engine that specialises in hard-to-find Australian materials.

Seeking a document from a defunct website? Try Pandora, the National Library’s archival engine that sweeps a select range of official and other websites (including that of this site and The Royal Society of Queensland) periodically and stores them in perpetuity.

Now explore this site! The 25+ societies represented here are custodians of an immense wealth of scientific and field knowledge, focused on Queensland.


Reading Australia

The Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia portal by March 2021 was presenting 224 freely-available resources to assist with the teaching of books by Australian writers. Originally launched in 2013 to showcase Australia’s rich literary heritage and encourage more people to read Australian literature, Reading Australia has become a valuable asset for teachers looking to introduce homegrown […]

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Stewardship of Country webinars

Three webinars organised by the Royal Societies of Australia (with the involvement of The Royal Society of Queensland) were stimulating events giving plenty of food for thought. The public is encouraged to watch the events on the QSN Facebook page. This series of three virtual events represented a collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

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Newsletter 04-2021

Welcome to the fourth edition of the QSN Newsletter. Table of Contents follows: Download the newsletter here Editorial HOT NEWS – Pandemic impacts Qld funds world first biosecurity ‘virtual lab’ Insect decline in the Anthropocene: ‘Death by a thousand cuts’ Members Awards, Newsletters and Media Table of Recent Newsletters received from Networking Societies Happenings at […]

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Cranky Uncle climate game

Australian Dr John Cook has developed a game, Cranky Uncle, to explain global warming and climate denialism. The game is promoted on the site www.skepticalscience.com as a teaching tool, for secondary and tertiary levels. The game is accompanied by a book and a Teachers’ Guide. The website has a wealth of material on climate change […]

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Clicks, bonks and dripping taps: Listen to the calls of 6 frogs out and about this summer

By Jodi Rowley Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology, Australian Museum Australia has 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct. Croaks, whistles, bleats and […]

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Newsletter 03-2020

Welcome to the third edition of the QSN Newsletter. Highlights include: Table of QSN Partner Newsletters produced Research Fund grants open – QCF 2021 grants, Inspiring Citizen Science Grants Dr Cathy Foley – New Australian Chief Scientist Results-Aussie Backyard Bird count Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count field day continues until March 2021 Teaching Resource – Local […]

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Newsletter 02-2020

Welcome to the second edition of the Newsletter. Highlights include: Research Fund grants open – Royal Society Queensland, citizen science encouraged Dr Geoff Monteith honoured New Australian butterfly stamps Anyone interested in study on Norfolk Island? Expedition Solar System – Teaching resource Guidelines to Indigenous knowledge Political parties’ platforms OzFish agenda World Rivers Day Citizen […]

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Healthy Land and Water – Latest News

Healthy Land and Water has issued a “Latest News” news-sheet, with items about National Science Week, lungfish habitat restoration, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), fire management planning at Emu Creek and much more.

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“A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future” published

The Royal Society of Queensland has published A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future , being a Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland. The volume is a compilation of some 26 papers – short communications and opinion pieces –arising from the July 2019 Rangelands Policy Dialogue. The complete volume (43 […]

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Fire and Biodiversity Consortium expands horizon

Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to expand reach across Queensland The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) has expanded its reach to cover the whole of Queensland. The new name is Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC).   This statewide expansion reflects the increased demand from landholders and stakeholders to receive the high-quality products and […]

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