About QAAS


The Queensland Academy exists to promote excellence in the arts and sciences, to stimulate activity in those areas that lie on the intersection between disciplines, and to provide independent scholarship and advice for social and pulic policy.

We aim to promote advances in the arts and sciences, and to give a voice to scholars, thinkers and social commentators from a wide range of disciplines in furtherance of our mission and aims.  Indeed, the Academy aspires to be seen as the intellectual heartbeat of the State.

We conduct seminars of broad interest, support learned activities across the State, and host an annual dinner with prominant guests and guest speakers.  We work closely with universities, research bodies and agencies such as the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Museum.


Our MEMBERs in the news

The Academy is proud to welcome five new Fellows:
Dimity Dornan AO is a speech pathologist, author, and businesswoman. She is the founder of the Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children and helped initiate newborn hearing screening in Queensland hospitals, the first such program in Australia. She was Australian of the Year for Queensland in 2003, and the Suncorp Queenslander of the Year in 2010.

Julieanne Alroe is a leader in the Australian aviation industry. She has over 40 years of experience in the aviation and one of the few women to have run a privatised airport. She planned the $1.3 billion development of Brisbane's parallel runway, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia. Since 2017, she is the Chair of Infrastructure Australia.

Elizabeth Jameson is founder and non-executive director of Board Matters, after a career in corporate and commercial law. She maintains an active portfolio of directorships, presently with RACQ (Deputy Chair), Queensland Theatre (Chair), Pinnacle Foundation (Deputy Chair) and John Villiers Trust (Trustee Director).

Professor Bruce Abernethy is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at The University of Queensland. He researches the acquisition of skilled movement and has conducted applied research with such partners as the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Football League, the Australian Cricket Board, Worksafe Australia and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.

Emeritus Professor Sandra Capra AM has been President of the Dietitians Association of Australia, an Independent Director of Health Workforce Australia, and a member of the Dietary Guidelines Working Party of the National Health and Medical Research Council and has been recognised nationally and internationally for her work in nutrition education.

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The next Data Science in the News webinar is on Friday 16 October, 12 noon to 1pm.  This is a special headline edition where we will sample the diversity of data science having impact on our lives and in our world. There will be a Q&A session at the end.  The webinar series is brought to you by the QUT Centre for Data Science and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Regsiter here to obtain the webinar link.


Professor Margot Brereton - Director of Research Performance, QUT Institute for Futures Environment; Program Leader, Data Focussed Decision Making Research Program, QUT Centre for Data Science
Dr Simon Denman - Senior Lecturer, QUT School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics; Program Leader, Applied Data Science Research Program, QUT Centre for Data Science
Professor Moe Thandar Wynn - Professor, QUT School of Computer Science; Program Leader, Data for Discovery Research Program, QUT Centre for Data Science
Professor Matthew Simpson - Professor, QUT School of Computer Science; Program Leader. Models and Algorithms Research Program, QUT Centre for Data Science

Previous seminars can be seen here.
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On a regular basis the Academy invites guest speakers to make presentations to Academy members and the general public.  You can read past presentations and other Academy publications here.

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