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Planned Sydney meetings 2017

 

Wednesday 1 February

1250th OGM and Open Lecture

2015 Scholarship Presentations

Yik Lung (Jeremy) Chan, School of Life Sciences,
University of Technology Sydney

“Effects of maternal cigarette smoke exposure on brain health in offspring”

Andrew Ritchie, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

“New Ways of Modelling the Ancient Past to Understand Evolution”

Isobel Ronai, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

“Anarchy in the honey bee colony: the genetic basis of worker sterility”

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Thursday 23 February

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies

"South Australia: A Nuclear State in a Global Solution"

Rear Admiral, The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (rt'd.)

Venue: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour

Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm (reception from 5.30pm)

Wednesday 1 March

1251st OGM and Open Lecture

"Creative Minds: Artistic and Scientific Endeavour on Polar Expeditions 1851 to 1951"

Richard Ferguson FRGS, Executive Director, Craft Australia

Venue: University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Wednesday 5 April

AGM and 1252nd OGM and Open Lecture

“The Science of Beer”

Dr Greg Organ. Chief Scientist, Lion Company

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Time: 5.45 for 6.00pm start of AGM. Open lecture and OGM 6.30pm

Wednesday 3 May

Annual Dinner. Royal Society of NSW

Guest of Honour The Honourable General David Hurley C DSC (Ret'd) Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley

Distinguished Fellows Lecture and presentation of Awards for 2016

Distinguished Fellows Address: Peter Baume

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm

Wednesday 7 June

1253rd OGM and Open Lecture

"Are you smarter than a slime modl?"

Professor Madeleine Beekman, University of Sydney

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Wednesday 5 July

1254th OGM and Open Lecture

"Understanding Quantum Theory

Professor Adrea Morella, University of NSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Wednesday 2 August

1255th OGM and Open Lecture

“Self Driving Cars: Will the help?

Professor Ann Williamson, University of NSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Dates August  Science Week: Royal Society of NSW lunchtime science talks
Wednesday 6 September

1256th OGM and Open Lecture

“The Complexity of Music”

Helen Mitchell, Conservatorium of Music

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Wednesday 4 October

1257th OGM and Open Lecture

“Understanding Social Networks ”

Professor Pip Pattison, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Date tbc

Royal Society of NSW and Four Learned Academies Forum

"Science and society in a post truth world"

Venue: Government House

Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm (tbc)

Wednesday 1 November

1258th OGM and Public Lecture

"Women in Art"

Pamela Griffith

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Wednesday 6 December

1259th OGM and Open Lecture

Royal Society of NSW 2016 Jak Kelly Award and Christmas Party

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Time: 6 for 6.30pm

Royal Society of NSW Events for 2017

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See the slides from the 2016 Forum

The slides used by the speakers at the 2016 RSNSW and Four Academies Forum, held on 29 November at Government House, are now available for download.

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Sydney meetings in 2016

 

Wednesday 3 February

Royal Society 2014 Scholarship Presentations – the 1240th OGM and Public Lecture

“Problems and prime numbers”
Adrian Dudek, Australian National University

“How old are flowers?”
Charles Foster, University of Sydney

"Manifestations of dark matter and variation of fundamental constants”
Yevgeny Stadnik, UNSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Thursday 25 February

Four Societies Meeting

“Energy sources in Australia’s future”

Professor Robert Clark AO FAA FRSN

47th Floor MLC Centre, Sydney

Wednesday 2 March

1241st OGM and Public Lecture

“How to win an Ignoble Prize: communicating science”

Dr Len Fisher, Bristol University

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 16 March

RSNSW and Australian Institute of Physics Meeting

“The science of sleep”

Professor Ron Grunstein, University of Sydney

Venue: Trinity Grammar School PD Centre, 5 Thomas St. Lewisham

Wednesday 6 April

AGM and 1242nd OGM and Public Lecture

President’s Address

Dr Don Hector, President of the Royal Society of NSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

 

Clarke Medal Lecture

Simon P. Turner, Distinguished Professor and Director of Research, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University

Venue: Macquarie University

Wednesday 4 May

Annual Dinner and Distinguished Fellow's Lecture

“Science policy"

Professor Eugenie Lumbers, UNSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 1 June

1243rd OGM and Public Lecture

Professor Peter Hiscock, University of Sydney

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 6 July

1244th OGM and Public Lecture

"Royal", not "Philosophical" - W.B. Clarke's inaugural address to the Royal Society of NSW

Associate Professor Rob Young (ret'd.), University of Wollongong

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 3 August

1245th OGM and Public Lecture

“Celebrating the 200th birthday of Royal Botanic Gardens: a personal history of 57 years of science”

Dr Barbara Briggs, Royal Botanic Gardens

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 7 September

1246th OGM and Public Lecture

“A source of inspiration and delight: the Mitchell Library”

Richard Neville, Mitchell Library

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 5 October

1247th OGM and Public Lecture

“From sand and rice bubbles to earthquakes and volcanos”

Professor Itai Einav, University of Sydney

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 2 November

1248th OGM and Public Lecture

“Finding the right course for the right horse: recent evidence-based advances in instructional design”

Professor Jim Kehoe, UNSW

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

Wednesday 7 December

1249th OGM and Public Lecture and Christmas Party

Jak Kelly Award Winner 2016 (presented by Irene Kelly)

“Imaging with a deft touch: The scanning helium microscope – a modern pinhole camera!”

Mathew Barr, School of Mathematical and Physical Science, University of Newcastle

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street Sydney

 

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1243rd OGM and public lecture

 Peter Hiscock 1“The curious case of the scientist in cinema: how Indiana Jones turns out to be the bad guy!”

  Professor Peter Hiscock
  Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology
  University of Sydney

Date: Wednesday June 1

Venue: Union Universities & Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney

Uplifting music and the seemingly inevitable triumph of an archaeologist’s matinee character has led the public to think of archaeologists as heroes of the silver screen. Indiana Jones was voted the second most popular hero in cinema, and every passing year sees a series of (often B-grade) movies in which the archaeologist is the protagonist saving the day. Underneath those exciting images there is a grim truth: archaeologists are actually the bad guys of modern cinema! They are often depicted as morally ambiguous individuals seeking personal gain; they are rogue adventurers – like cowboys in a rangewar or pirates competing over spoils.

But most importantly archaeologists are portrayed as transgressive individuals who cross the boundary of socially appropriate behaviour to interfere with dangerous and still potent realms. In that way archaeologists inherit the mantle of the mad science. This inheritance is not merely a resemblance, it reflects the history of film-making in Hollywood. Peter Hiscock delved into the history of cinema and provided a close up on the stories we are watching.

Peter Hiscock is Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He is a film addict and has lectured on archaeology in cinema across three continents. Curiously, major movie companies have attempted to stop his lectures! His most famous publication on film, which appeared in a journal specializing in the history of religion (Numen), explained why Hollywood had been taken over by cult archaeologists. His lectures are both controversial and entertaining.

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New webmaster for RSNSW

Chris Bertram has taken on the job of RSNSW Webmaster.

Bertram 2010 cropped

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Annual black-tie dinner 2016

Annual Black-Tie Dinner, Distinguished Fellow's Lecture and presentation of the Society's 2015 awards

Guest of honour: The Society's Vice-Regal Patron, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales

The Distinguished Fellow's Lecture delivered by Em. Professor Eugenie Lumbers AM DistFRSN

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Union, Universities, & Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney

 

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Judith Wheeldon AM (Vice President), Stephen Ho, Warwick Anderson, His Excellency General Hurley, Christopher Dickman, Brynn Hibbert (President) and Peter Baume

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Eugenie Lumbers AM DistFRSN, Michael Burton and Brynn Hibbert

The Clarke Medal for 2015 in the field of Zoology was presented to Professor Christopher Dickman, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.

The Royal Society of NSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal 2015 was presented to Professor Warwick Anderson, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney.

The Edgeworth David Medal for 2015 was presented to Associate Professor Simon Ho, ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.

The Hon Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AC DistFRSN was presented with his distinguished fellowship certificate by the Patron.

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