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 fellows in the news

Congratulations to our Fellows in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Kaye Enid Basford "For significant service to tertiary eduaction, to the biomedical sciences, and to scientific academies."

Professor Basford is a Professor of Biometry at the University of Queensland.  Kaye was awarded the Australian Medal for Agriculture and she is a Fellow and Board member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Fellow and Councillor of The Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and the Institute of Statisticians.

Mario Guiseppe Pennisi "For significant service to the biomedical sector, to commercialisation initiatives, and to research."
Mr Pennisi is the Managing Director of Biostate Pty Ltd and is Director of a number of other companies. Biostate provides consulting services to assist companies to identify and realise the commercial potential of their research.  He serves on committees and Advisory groups at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, and is a member of the QUT Council and the Queensland Government Biofutures Industry Advisory Group. 

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The seventh webinar in the series ‘Data Science in the News’ was held on Friday 19 June from 12noon to 1pm (Brisbane time). The webinar is titled “What can we learn from George Floyd’s death, and what role can data and data science play in this?”

The panel includes:
Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Director of QUT Centre for Data Science (Moderator)
Professor Peter Anderson, Executive Director of the QUT Carumba Institute and Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network
Bridget Hughes, PhD student with the QUT Carumba Institute
Professor Robyn Mayes, Program Leader for Technologies for Justice in the QUT Centre for Justice and Director of the QUT Business School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Engagement Strategy
Dr Nigel Stobbs, Senior Lecturer at QUT Law School

To register click here.
All events in the series can be viewed 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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