Due to the increasing complexity of obtaining permits to collect arthropods in Queensland, the society cannot organise permits for attendees. If you wish to obtain a permit to collect, we recommend that you do so well in advance by applying through the Queensland Government website.
Collecting permits for Queensland Parks
Those attending the combined AES 2019 Australian Entomological Society 50th AGM and Scientific Conference, in association with the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists and Australasian Arachnological Society this year in Brisbane 1-4 December should be aware of the QPWS permitting requirements for collection of unprotected invertebrates on protected lands (National Parks, State Forests, etc.) in Queensland. If you do not have your permits already, it is probably too late to organise them through QPWS at this stage.
There is a possibility that you may apply for the Entomological Society of Queensland (ESQ) collecting permit but there are quite strict conditions that must be met (seehttp://www.esq.org.au/permits.html ) including that you must be an Australian resident, and a financial member of ESQ. If you meet those conditions you still have time to apply for ESQ membership (http://www.esq.org.au/membership.html – applications must be received before the next Council meeting on November 12), and submit your ESQ permit application soon after. Also, be aware that not all QLD Parks are covered by the permit and if you were hoping to collect in any CYPAL parks on Cape York before February 2020 there is insufficient time remaining for you to meet the conditions for those parks.
Chris Lambkin (ESQ Permit Officer)
Entomology and Arachnology sections of the Queensland Museum
The Queensland Museum is beginning a programme of capital works that will affect the collection areas over the next 18 months. We would like to inform you of arrangements made for QM Entomology visitors and loans during the combined AES 2019 Australian Entomological Society 50th AGM and Scientific Conference, in association with the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists and Australasian Arachnological Society this year in Brisbane 1-4 December. The Queensland Museum is situated an easy 5 min walk from the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre, the venue for this year’s conference. https://www.qm.qld.gov.au/Visit+Us/Museum+Location#.XZ-_augza70. The Welcome function will be held in the Museum on Sunday 1st Dec.
In order to allow as much access as possible we will set up a booking system for visitors to our collection around the time of the conference (preferably 29th Nov., 5th 6th and 9th Dec). QM Entomology can accommodate up to 6 people at a time. If members are intending to visit the QM collection during this time, we ask that you contact the Curators or Collection Managers (Listed below) as soon as possible with the following information
- taxa you would like to view
- roughly how much time you think you will need.
- what equipment you need
- dates and times you wish to visit
- likelihood of requiring a loan.
In addition, due to the capital works program, loans will be unavailable after the conference. Preference will be given to those researchers who visit during (or immediately after) the conference and hand carry their material with them. Any loans that have been requested by the end of the conference will be serviced but no more new loan requests will be accepted.
So to sum up at this stage:
Loans open until 9 December 2019 (limited spaces available during conference, weekdays only)
Loans closed 10 December – January 2021 (pending works completion)
Potential interruption to services and access into 2021.
We will still accept loan returns during the entire time and we encourage researchers to assess their current loans and return any material they no longer need as soon as possible. When returning material please also contact Curators or Collection Managers.
Contact details: either direct to Collection Managers or Curators or via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will inform members of restrictions as dates are confirmed. In the meantime, if you are planning to visit or require specimens please contact the Entomology team at QM as soon as possible.
The Entomology Team
Dr Chris Burwell, Dr Christine Lambkin, Susan Wright, Karin Koch.
The Arachnology Team
Dr Robert Raven, Dr Michael Rix, Dr Owen Seeman, Wendy Hebron.