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.


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Congratulations to QAAS Fellow, Professor Cindy Shannon AM, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for her significant service to Indigenous health and to medical education. Currently Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) at Griffith University, Prof Shannon had previously held a similar post at The University of Queensland. She is a graduate of The University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland. Prof Shannon has been a member of the boards of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She is currently a member of the Board of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. A “Queensland Great”, she chairs the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health.

Professor Joanne Tompkins is the Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts, at the Australian Research Council (ARC). Prior to commencing at the ARC, she was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ) and was previously Head of the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at UQ. Her research expertise lies in the humanities and creative arts, particularly in spatial theories and virtual reality; multicultural theories and drama; intercultural performance and feminist performance. She is the author of two monographs, three co-authored books, three edited books, and over 50 referred articles/chapters on post-colonial, multicultural, intercultural theatre, and spatial studies. An AusStage founder, she was Chief Investigator on 10 Australian Government LEIF grants, five Discovery grants and one Linkage grant.

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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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The 2020 John O'Hagan Lecture will be held on Tuesday 10 March.  We are delighted to announce that this year's guest speaker is Professor Sir Peter Donnelly FRS and the topic of his lecture will be "The potential for genomics to empower a new, prevention-first agenda in healthcare."  Sir Peter is currently Professor of Statistical Science at the University of Oxford and Founder and CEO of Genomics plc. He has played a central role in what has come to be known as the "Genetic Revolution" - the explosion in knowledge of how regions of our DNA play a role in our susceptibility to all common human diseases.

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