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The Royal Society of Queensland

The Royal Society of Queensland is the oldest scientific institution in Queensland. It is successor to the Philosophical Society of Queensland, founded in 1859, the year when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony. It issued the first of its annual Proceedings in 1884 and was granted royal patronage in 1885.

The Society seeks to increase awareness of natural sciences in Queensland. It encourages original research and the application of scientific method and knowledge to policy-making and decision-making. The Society provides a means for both scientists and lay people to involve themselves in the progress of science.

The Society advocates on behalf of science and scientists but is not politically aligned.

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