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.


Queensland Fire & Biodiversity Consortium News

Read QFBC’s August 2021 Newsletter here.

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Mating of the Tawny Coster

A recent observation of a migrant Tawny Coster butterfly has stimulated the interest of entomologists and citizen scientists. Dawn Franzmann tells the story in: Mating of the Tawny Coster, Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus 1758) with a Glasswing, A. andromacha (Fabricius 1775), (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) observed at Boondall Wetlands, Boondall, Brisbane, Qld . The article first appeared in Metamorphosis […]

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Australian Science Media Centre

The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) supports the accurate reporting of science in the media and has occupied this critical space at the front-line since 2005. The not-for-profit Centre works with around 1,600 journalists and 5,000 scientists and claims to have no agenda other than to support the accurate reporting of science in the media […]

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Stewardship of rural country

An extensive repository of knowledge about the stewardship of rural lands can be found on the rural policy webpage of The Royal Society of Queensland and the Rangelands Queensland website. Also see the proceedings of a series of three Stewardship of Country webinars held in February and March 2021 by the Royal Societies of Australia. […]

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Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club: Beneficial Insects

Contact the Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club about this event.

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QSN Newsletter 06-2021

I am pleased to present “Express” Newsletter Number 6-2021 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 download here. Included in this issue: HOT NEWS AND COMING EVENTS MEMBERS AWARDS, NEWSLETTERS AND MEDIA ALLIED COMMUNITIES ACTIVITY COMMUNITY DATA […]

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Queensland Fire and Bushfire Consortium Enews July 2021

The latest newsletter from the Consortium includes items on the K’Gari bushfire review, bushfire recovery in Scenic Rim, new natural hazards research centre, lessons from Black Saturday plus lots more. The Newsletter includes citations of current literature from Australia and around the world.

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QSN Newsletter 05-2021

I am pleased to present Newsletter Number 5-2021 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. Included in this issue: HOT NEWS QLD’S CHIEF SCIENTIST & CLIMATE EMERGENCY MEMBERS AWARDS, NEWSLETTERS AND […]

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Citizen science – New service provider

The Australian Citizen Science Association is pleased to announce the formal launch of ACSA Consulting. ACSA Consulting specialises in developing citizen science strategies and strategic work pieces for organisations wanting best practice advice, design and implementation of citizen science in Australia. ACSA Consulting operates on a fee for service model and builds on ACSA’s existing […]

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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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