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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The Academy congratulates Emeritus Professor Kay Saunders AO who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 and was promoted to Officer on the 2021 Australia Day Honours.  The Honour was in recognition of her "distinguishes service to tertiary education, particularly to history, as an academic and author, to professional associations, and to the community".

After graduation from The Univerity of Queensland with an honours degree in Sociology and a PhD in history and anthropology, Kay progressed through her academic life from tutor to Professor of History.  She was also a Memebr of the Academic Board and a Member of the University Senate.

Kay is a Fellow in a number of learned societies, and has held many committee and advisory roles, including government Advisory Councils.  Kay is a widely  published historian and author.

More fascinating information on her illustrious and fascinating career can be found  HERE.

Our congratulations, Kay!

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The annual John O'Hagan lectures are named after the founder of  the Academy. 

This year we are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker Queensland's Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham. 

Two Academy Fellows, two Chief Scientists - Hugh Possingham and former Chief Scientist, Peter Andrews

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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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