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Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Calendar of Meetings 2022

RSNSW SealEvents Calendar for the Royal Society of NSW in 2022.

Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development and may be affected by the prevalence of COVID-19 during early 2022.

Last update: 5 August 2022


Follow the links below for meetings held by the Society in Sydney, in Newcastle by the Hunter Branch, in Mittagong by the Southern Highlands Branch, and in western NSW by the Western NSW Branch.

Sydney Meetings 2022

Please note that the program in the table below lists events that are scheduled as monthly Ordinary General Meetings and the Annual Forum of the Royal Society and Learned Academies. In addition to these events, there are additional named lectures, associated with the Society’s Awards that remain to be scheduled:

  • Clarke Memorial Lecture — for 2020 (delayed) and 2021
  • Liversidge Lecture — 2020 (delayed)
  • Poggendorff Lecture — 2020 (delayed) and 2021
  • Pollock Memorial Lecture  — 2021

together with lectures in the [email protected] series.

Wednesday,
2 February

6.30 pm AEST

1300th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Where next for higher education after COVID-19?
Professor Mark Scott AO FRSN
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney 

Wednesday,
16 February

6.00 pm AEST

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2022

Venue: UTS Aerial Function Centre and Zoom Webinar

Engineering and related challenges in decarbonising the electricity system
Professor Stephen Wilson
Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland 

Wednesday,
2 March

6.30 pm AEDT

1301st OGM and Open Lecture
2021 Jak Kelly Award and RSNSW Scholarship Award Presentations

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Presentations: to be advised
Presenters: Zain Mehdi (Jak Kelly Award); Sajad Abolpour Moshizi, Harry Marquis, Kevin Chau (RSNSW Scholarship Winners)

Thursday,
17 March

6.30 pm AEDT

Clarke Memorial Lecture (2020–delayed) of the Royal Society of NSW

Venue: Macquarie University and live-streaming

From bulldozers, pests, and pathogens to climate change and urban futures: the tough life of plants
Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman
Director, Smart Green Cities, Macquarie University

Friday,
25 March

6.00 pm AEDT

Frontiers of Science Forum 2022

A joint event of the Teachers' Guild of NSW, Australian Institute of Physics, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and  the Royal Society fo NSW

Venue: Concord Golf Club, 190 Majors Bay Road Concord

Exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry
The Hon. Alister Henskins SC MP
Prof Andrea Morello FRSN (UNSW Sydney)
Prof Chris Tisdell (UNSW Sydney)
Prof Johannes Le Coutre FRSN (UNSW Sydney)
Prof Martina Stenzel FRSN (UNSW Sydney)

Wednesday,
6 April

6.00 pm AEST

155th Annual General Meeting
1302nd OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

New frontiers in smart sensor technology for a healthier, safer and sustainable future
Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE
Director, University of Sydney Nano Institute
Co-Director, NSW Smart Sensing Network

Wednesday,
20 April

6.30 pm AEST

[email protected]: April 2022

Venue: Government House Sydney and live streaming

Topic: Nothing
Richard Tognetti AO
Artistic Director and Leader, Australian Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday,
4 May

6.30 pm AEST

RSNSW Liversidge Lecture (2020–delayed) 

Venue: Charles Perkins Auditorium, University of Sydney 

Topic: Drug discovery inspired by natural products
Professor Richard Payne FRSN 
Professor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of Sydney and Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science

Wednesday,
11 May

6.00 pm AEST

RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture (2020 — delayed) 

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens (Palm House) with later availability of the recording on YouTube

Are weeds becoming a new native species?
Professor Angela Moles FRSN
Director, Evolution and Ecology Centre
UNSW Sydney

Wednesday,
1 June

6.30 pm AEST

1303rd OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

Federalism, borders and National Cabinet: What has the pandemic taught us?
Professor Anne Twomey AO 
Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit
University of Sydney

Wednesday,
6 July

6.30 pm AEST

1304th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Zoom Webinar

This is going to be different: Learning to live with Chinese power
Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO FASSA
Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, Australian National University

Wednesday,
3 August

6.30 pm AEST

1305th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

Marsupials: the secrets are all in their genes!
Prof. Kathy Belov AO FRSN (1) and Prof. Elizabeth Deane FRSN (2) in conversation
(1) Professor of Comparative Genomics and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Sydney
(2) Education Consultant 

Thursday,
4 August

6.00 pm AEST

[email protected]: August 2022

Venue: Government House Sydney (by formal invitation)

Manufacturing at the Atomic Scale
Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSE
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, UNSW Sydney
Founder and Director, Silicon Quantum Computing

Wednesday,
7 September

6.30 pm AEST

1306th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Is Fairweather an Australian artist? And does it matter?
Claire Roberts (1) in conversation with Nick Jose (2) 
(1) Associate Professor of Art History and ARC Future Fellow, University of Melbourne
(2) Novelist and Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide 

Wednesday,
5 October

6.30 pm AEDT

1307th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

An interactive discussion on the global economic outlook and Australia’s place in the world
Dr Don Russell,  Ms Jane Drake-Brockman, and Em. Prof. Robert Marks

Monday,
14 November

8.00 am AEDT

Joint RSNSW-University of Sydney Business School

Venue: Abercrombie Building (H70), Lecture Theatre 1110, University of Sydney Business School, Camperdown / Darlington Campus

A new way to wealth: The role of social response capitalism
Bruce Piasecki PhD
New York Times Bestselling Author and
Founder, AHC Group, Inc.

Thursday,
3 November

9.00 pm AEDT

Royal Society of NSW and Learned Societies Annual Forum

Venue: Government House, Sydney (by invitation), live streaming and subsequent availability on YouTube

Reshaping Australia Communities in Action
Presenters: to be advised 

Monday,
14 November

8.00 am AEDT

Joint RSNSW-Law Society of NSW Public Lecture

Venue: Zoom Webinar

The U.S. Supreme Court: A rogue court in a fragile democracy
Linda Greenhouse
Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School
President, American Philosophical Society

Wednesday,
23 November

6.30 pm AEDT

1308th OGM and 2021 Pollock Memorial Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

Most of our universe is missing!:
Adventures in the dark side of the cosmos

Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSW
Winner of the 2021 Pollock Memorial Lecture 
Sydney Institute of Astronomy, University of Sydney

Wednesday,
30 November

Time: TBA 

RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2021

Venue: University of Sydney — precise venue to be advised

A plant breeder's perspective on food security and climate change
Professor Richard Trethowan
Winner of the 2021 Poggendorff Lecture 
Sydney Institute of Agriculture, University of Sydney

Wednesday,
7 December

6.30 pm AEDT

1309th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney with later availability of the recording on YouTube

Topic: to be advised
Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC FRSN FAA FTSE
Winner of the 2021 Royal Society of NSW Cook Medal 
School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney

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Hunter Branch Meetings

The Hunter Branch Event Program for 2022 is still under development.

Wednesday,
27 April

5.30 pm AEST

Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-1

Venue: Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle

COVID 19: past performance, present practice, and future prospects 

Distinguished Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC

Wednesday,
10 June

5.00 pm AEST

RSNSW Clarke Memorial Lecture 2021 and Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-2

Venue: University Conservatorium, Laman Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle 

The changing tide of human populations: an infertility trap 

Distinguished Emeritus Laureate Professor John Aitken FRSE FRSN FAA FAHMS
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Newcastle

Thursday,
28 July

5.30 pm AEST

Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-3

Venue: Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle

The Intersection between Science and the Law 

Dr Xanthé Mallett
Associate Professor of Criminology
University of Newcastle

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Southern Highlands Branch Meetings

The Southern Highlands Branch Event Program for 2022 is still under development.

Thursday,
17 February

6.30 pm AEDT

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-1

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Uranium: Australia's secure energy and climate solution 

Mr Robert Parker
Former President, Australian Nuclear Association

Thursday,
17 March

6.30 pm AEDT

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-2

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Transgenerational Epigenetics 

Dr Alyson Ashe
Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Sydney

Thursday,
21 April

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-3

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Space Race 2.0 

Dr Bradley Tucker
Astrophysicist and Cosmologist
Australian National University

Thursday,
19 May

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-4

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Longer life and fertility: the promise of ageing research 

Dr Lindsay Wu
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
UNSW Sydney

Thursday,
16 June

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-5

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

From the RNA world to building an RNA Ecosystem
Professor Pall Thordason
Director, UNSW RNA Institute
UNSW Sydney

Thursday,
21 July

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-6

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexander Room

Fragility and the rise of poor mental health in our youth: Where are we going wrong?
Clare Rowe
Principal, Rowe and Associates

Thursday,
18 August

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-7

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

The cycle of rainfall in Eastern NSW
Professor Michael Asten and Professor Ken McCracken

Thursday,
15 September

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-8

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

How neutrons can save the World
Dr Helen Maynard-Casely

Thursday,
20 October

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-9

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Judging a Jest: Humour and Censorship
Dr Jessica Milner Davis
Honorary Associate, Department of English
University of Sydney

Thursday,
17 November/p>

6.30 pm AEST

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-10

Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room

Recycled Waste
Professor Veena Sahajwalla
School of Materials Science and Engineering
UNSW Sydney

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Western NSW Branch Meetings

The Western NSW Branch Event Program for 2022 is still under development

Tuesday,
15 March

1.00pm AEDT

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2022-1

Venue: Ponton Theatre, Charles Stuart University (Bathurst Campus) and Zoom Webinar

Public Trust and Science in Times of Coronavirus 
A panel discussion

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN,
Professor Michelle Grattan AO FRSN, and
Professor Jane Quinn,
facilitated by Professor Mark Evans


Wednesday,
18 May

12.00pm AEST

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2022-2

Venue: Wal Fife Theatre (Building 14, Room 212) Charles Stuart University (Wagga Wagga Campus) 

Making a living on the Plains — Stone tools and Archaeology of Aboriginal societies 

Dr Colin Pardoe FRSN MAIATSIS

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