Vale Emeritus Professor Ray Specht AO
Emeritus Professor Ray Specht AO died peacefully on the morning of Saturday 13th February after farewelling his family.
To have Ray as a member for 53 years was a privilege and a blessing.
The Society is proud to have published an original review article co-authored – in his 97th year – with his daughter Alison in the most recent issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society Of Queensland, received from the printer this past week. See also his retrospective web-published in 2018.
When the time is right the Society will celebrate a wonderful and exceptionally productive, important life.
Society member Dr Russell Reichelt has been honoured with an award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day honours list. The citation is for “For distinguished service to marine conservation, to ecosystem management of the Great Barrier Reef, and to climate change research”. We congratulate Dr Reichelt and celebrate his achievements.
Annual edition of Proceedings now published
All articles in the second edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland for 2020, Volume 128, have now been published online. These are available on an open-access basis free of charge, under Creative Commons conditions.
All articles destined for this issue have been typeset and are en route to printing. Printed copies will be available for a cost of $35 plus $10 postage.
“Springs of the Great Artesian Basin” published
A Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been published. All articles are available free of charge online at www.royalsocietyqld.org/2020-springs-special-issue-vol-126/.
This is an outstanding work of scholarship and policy that includes scientific papers and opinion pieces, from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. A limited number of printed copies is available for purchase: see www.royalsocietyqld.org/purchases/.
The Society anticipates that the volume will be an important work of reference to all those with an interest in the Great Artesian Basin as they grapple with the best methods of managing and conserving it.
Orders are being taken for several issues of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland:
Volume 125 –The Land of Clouds Revisited: The Biodiversity and Ecology of the Eungella Rainforests – $35 plus $10 postage.
Volume 126 – Springs of the Great Artesian Basin – $50 plus $15 postage.
Volume 127 – A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future – $35 plus $10 postage.
Volume 128 – Regular annual issue 2020 – $35 plus $10 postage.
The table of contents of each of these printed works is or will soon be available on the Proceedings page.
Please proceed to the Purchases page to make payments.
History on display – National Science Week
Some of the early history of the Society has been placed on display in a blog post by the State Library of Queensland as part of its National Science Week program in August 2020.
Silvester Diggles, one of the founders of the Queensland Philosophical Society (member number 3), is featured in the blog post. One of Silvester’s descendants, marine scientist Dr Ben Diggles, is an active and prominent current member of the Society.
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