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.

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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Newsletter 1-2020

The first issue of a Newsletter for the Queensland Science Network was published on 7 August 2020. This new initiative is intended partly to showcase the work of the scientific and natural history groups who comprise the Network, and partly to bring items of general scientific interest to the attention of the public. Download the […]

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New educational website about birds of South-east Queensland

A new website about some birds of South-East Queensland  www.ourlocalbirds.com looks into their amazing lives via a unique and exciting range of video and still images as well text and audio. The website www.ourlocalbirds.com has two principal sections: Learning about birds and Teaching about birds and was created by the Bird Education Group of Birds […]

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Wet Rocks – Groundwater education for teachers

Wet Rocks is an initiative of the Teacher Earth Science Education Programme: Groundwater Education Resources for Teachers Wet Rocks is a valuable resource for both learning and teaching about groundwater. Relevant to the Australian Curriculum, Wet Rocks introduces study of groundwater and its place in the water cycle, how it is formed, its importance as […]

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Online guide to weeds

A useful index to materials to help with the identification of weeds was published by Moreton Bay Regional Council in its Voluntary Conservation Programs Update Newsletter of May 2020. Thanks to Council for permission to republish this index here. Click on the image above to bring up a PDF that contains the hotlinks to the […]

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Charting two centuries of transformation in a coastal social-ecological system

The past two centuries of history and loss of shellfish reefs in South-east Queensland have been chronicled in a scientific paper co-authored by Dr Ben Diggles, a member of The Royal Society Of Queensland. View pdf file.

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