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The Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund

This Fund has been established to support small-scale research projects in the natural sciences and social studies that escape the attention of mainstream funding authorities. For details see the Society’s webpage.

The 2023 Walter Fisher Grant(s) will distribute up to $20,000 for mycology research. Applications close on 5 March 2023.

Australian Academy of Science

Grant opportunities from the Australian Academy of Science.

Australian Wildlife Society University Grants.

Ecological Society of Australia Grants and Awards 2022

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment – This funding opportunity supports post-graduate students researching ecology, wildlife management and natural history. Make sure you read all the application guidelines and FAQs at the link below before applying.

Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarships: An annual grant for research in terrestrial, marine or freshwater ecology.  This $6000 grant supports the field-based research of a postgraduate student working in applied ecology and is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecology.

Australian Ecology Research Award – The AERA aims to recognise an outstanding ecological researcher within Australian ecology. Nominations of researchers from academia, and public and private sector agencies are welcomed.

Mike Bull Award for Early Career Nature Scientists supports the emerging career of a nature scientist. Applications are encouraged from across Australia (or more broadly) where the recipient’s research focus benefits nature science in Australia. Only Australian research institutions are eligible as hosting organisations. The award includes a medal for academic excellence and a $3000 grant to support the career of the recipient. The grant is to be used to:

  1. Support a research program, including purchase of equipment for field expenses,
  2. Attend a conference or important seminar (including registration fees, flights), and/or
  3. Visit another lab or potential future collaborator.

For more information on how to apply, see how to apply for a grant. This award was established with the support of Mike’s family and colleagues through the Professor Mike Bull Research Fund for Early Career Nature Scientists to continue his important legacy in animal behaviour, ecology and conservation research and mentorship of students.

Australian Citizen Science Association

Do you need a little bit of extra cash for a citizen science initiative you have always wanted to do? Would you like to publish your citizen science research in an open access journal for maximum public benefit but can’t quite afford the fees? (Note: there are no author charges to publish in the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland, an open access journal).

ACSA’s fifth round of Seed Grants closed in July 2022. If you missed it, check ACSA Qld’s website and bookmark for the next round.

Commonwealth Government

Grant opportunities from the Commonwealth Government.

Landcare

The periodic newsletter of Queensland Water and Land Carers includes announcements of grants in the landcare and environmental restoration fields. The May 2022 Newsletter, for example. Some are annual awards, so if you have missed the deadline in 2022, bookmark for another year.


PhD opportunities in groundwater

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) is interested in hearing from prospective students seeking a PhD in groundwater. NCGRT has 15 university partners covering most State and Territory capital cities. PhDs are available across a range of topics including geochemistry, groundwater modelling, uncertainty analysis, groundwater in mining, surface water/groundwater interactions, groundwater dependent ecosystems, groundwater contamination and remediation, water law and policy. Candidates with skills in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, ecology, law and/or social sciences are encouraged to contact. The Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland are partner universities.
See the website for details.


The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science award Australian scientists and innovators with prizes to recognise outstanding achievements in science and research-based innovation.

Closing date: Thursday 9 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT

There are five Science Prizes ranging between $50,000 and $250,000.

The Prizes are awarded for outstanding achievements in:

  • scientific research
  • research-based innovation
  • excellence in science teaching.

Further information:

https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/prime-ministers-prizes-for-science

Landslip is a significant but under-acknowledged risk to residential development and infrastructure in vulnerable localities. Senior geologist Warwick Willmott wrote an account Slope Stability and Its Constraints on Closer Settlement in the Foothills of the Toowoomba Range, Gatton Shire, Number 44 in the 1984 Record Series of the Geological Survey of Queensland.

“The prime cause of the landslides appears to be the removal of forest cover since European settlement, which has reduced mechanical support for the slopes, and allowed groundwater pressures to rise to critical levels.”

The report delineates 13 stability zones by relating known landslide occurrences to combinations of topographic, geological and groundwater conditions.

 

The 131st issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been completed. The full text is available free of charge online. The Society has been able to continue to offer free open access without shifting charges onto authors through the generosity of benefactors. Printed copies can be ordered from the Society’s Administration Coordinator admin@royalsocietyqld.org.au, $50 + $10 postage.

There are nine scientific articles and seven abstracts from early career researchers of work in progress. Rounded out with a citation and career retrospective for the latest Life Member Professor Emeritus Angela Arthington and Dr Ross Hynes‘s Presidential Address reflecting on the current condition of science. At 206 pages, it’s a bumper read.


The Birdlife Australia Aussie Bird Count is back! It’s a great way to take some time out, get back to nature and become acquainted with the birds in your area, whether it’s in your front yard, backyard, courtyard, park, play area or anywhere else you may like to count.

To find our more or to register, please head to the website. 17-23 October

The irreversible damage that mining for coal seam gas can wreak on cropping land through subsidence was a highlight of a scientific paper published late in 2022 by four members of The Royal Society of Queensland. “The coal seam gas industry is causing irreversible damage to the landscapes of the Darling Downs, including its highly productive agricultural soils”, according to lead author Assoc. Prof. Peter Dart, member of QSN member body The Royal Society of Queensland

The ABC gave an account of this threat in a news piece published on 8 October 2022 and Queensland Country Life (paywalled) on 11 October, based on a press release by Prof. Dart.

Historical material

The Greens published a leaflet summarising this industry – under its Action on Coal and Gas campaign.

A 5-page leaflet by Bill Thompson of LRAM consultants dated March 2012, shortly after the promulgation of the Strategic Cropping Land legislation, explains the history of the GQAL and SCL regulatory regimes (categories of cropping land).

Fact sheets published by the Department and independently by gas company QGC in 2006 explain the basics (19MB). Keep in mind that these are more than 16 years old. A fact sheet by CSIRO Methane Seeps in the Condamine River March 2017 is more recent and includes a useful schematic of the geological strata in the region.

A prescient 2006 internal report Is There a Drop to Drink? by Principal Policy Officer Geoff Edwards warning of the dangers of this industry was leaked and placed in the public domain by a Senate Committee.

 


On 3 October 2022, citizen science networks and practitioners from around the world welcomed the formation of the Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP), a newly established association which seeks to promote and advance citizen science for a sustainable world.

The partnership’s mission is to coordinate the collaboration of existing citizen science practitioners with international organisations and governments, and support the use of citizen science data and tools as a key contributor to the global effort towards sustainable development. It will establish diverse and inclusive partnerships across geographies, cultures, and research domains, promoting citizen science as a unifying, enabling, and multiplying force for change.

At the partnership’s core is a network-of-networks of six citizen science associations that cover most of the globe: the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), Citizen Science Africa Association, CitizenScience.Asia, the US-based Citizen Science Association (CSA), the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), and the Ibero-American Network of Participatory Science (RICAP).

The CSGP is incorporated as a non-profit association in Austria hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) with secretariat  in Vienna. The elected Chair of the Board is Martin Brocklehurst, representing ECSA, and the Vice Chair is Libby Hepburn, representing ACSA.

“We are seeing the birth of a major change in the way global environmental challenges are tackled. Through citizen science, every person on the planet will have the opportunity to be part of the solution,” notes Martin Brocklehurst.

Reproduced from  https://www.miragenews.com/citizen-science-goes-global-868506/. See also citizenscienceglobal.org .

QSN congratulates Libby Hepburn on behalf of ACSA for her pivotal role in facilitating this global movement and in taking up a leadership position.


The University of Queensland has been instrumental in establishing an SEQ Hub of the international Marine Social Sciences Network.

The Marine Social Science network defines marine social sciences broadly “as any area of work that relates to the relationship between society and the sea – this could be psychology, sociology, human geography, anthropology, governance and planning, economics, sustainable development, culture and heritage, the arts, humanities and more.”

The Network aims to “bring together a growing community and facilitate knowledge exchange between diverse stakeholders from across the marine and coastal sector“.

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