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.

A short statement on science and climate change

This two-page brief elaborates on the nature of scientific method and the robustness of scientists’ conclusions about climate change.

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 the Australian Web Archive, the National Library’s archival engine that sweeps a select range of official and other websites (including that of this site) 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.

QSN Newsletter No. 8 – October 2021

I am pleased to present another content-packed Newsletter, Number 8-2021 of Queensland Science Network, a collaboration between 26 scientific and natural history societies, hosted by our Royal Society of Queensland. The Newsletter is available now on the Network’s website. Download here (3.3MB). Included in this issue: HOT NEWS AND COMING EVENTS MEMBERS AWARDS, NEWSLETTERS AND […]

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Earth School

A series of 30 exercises for students is available on the TED site Earth School. The exercises, called “Quests”, encourage students globally to “celebrate, explore and connect with nature”. A certificate is emailed upon completion of the 30 exercises.

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Find missing insects – Calling Queensland schools

Scientists are inviting schools in Queensland to sign up to help search for Australia’s missing insects. Dr Andy Howe insect ecologist of the University of the Sunshine Coast is co-ordinating the Queensland arm of the “Insect Investigators” program led by the South Australian Museum. The program is seeking 50 schools across Queensland, Western Australia and […]

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Fire and Biodiversity September 2021 Newsletter

The Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium has published its September e-News Bulletin. Look for citations for some fifty new publications, book reviews, film teasers, news snippets and notices of nine workshops/conferences.  Available online free of charge.

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QSN Newsletter 07-2021

I am pleased to present Newsletter Number 7-2021 of Queensland Science Network, a collaboration between 26 scientific and natural history societies, hosted by our Royal Society of Queensland. The Newsletter is available now on the Network’s website download here. Apologies to subscribers/members who clicked on this link between 7 pm on 26 August and 12.05 […]

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Australian Greenhouse Calculator

The Australian Greenhouse Calculator helps explore how a person’s lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We all enjoy the benefits of modern technology such as heating and lighting, but we can take actions to reduce production of greenhouse gases and help combat climate change. Use the AGC to explore how to live more sustainably. By […]

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Energy efficiency materials

National renewable energy expert Alan Pears AM has compiled a list of websites and other web-accessible materials on the subject of renewable energy and the benefits of improving the energy efficiency of our public and private infrastructure.

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Ecological Society 2021 Photography Competition

The Ecological Society of Australia is excited to announce that the 2021 “Ecology in Action” Photography Competition is now open. Prizes include $450 for first, second and third in each category, $500 for overall Best Image, and $400 for Best Portfolio. The judges may also award a number of Highly Commended awards where merited. This year, the […]

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PhD opportunities in groundwater

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is offering fellowships to work in the field of groundwater. The Queensland openings are at the University of Queensland: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and hydrogeologists collaborating to better understand and manage groundwater resources ​Integration of Indigenous knowledge into post-mine land use planning. See the website […]

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Pastoral Lands Information Hub

From 2007 South West NRM, the regional catchment body for the Mulga Lands of South-west Queensland, launched a “Mulga Lands Information Hub“,  a repository of reports, journal articles, books and other materials about the Mulga Lands specifically although much of the material is referable to the pastoral zone generally. A significant proportion of the material […]

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