Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
MAY
05

Recent events now on YouTube: May 2023

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw.  On Wednesday, 5 May, Professor Michael Blumenstein FACS of the University of Technology Sydney, a highly-cited researcher in the field of artificial i...

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APR
30

Vale Edward (Ted) Smith MRSN

The Southern Highlands Branch has suffered a heavy loss with the unexpected passing in April 2023 of long-time Committee member Ted Smith (aged 86) who was an inspiration to all who knew him. He used his industrial chemistry background as a springboard in a series of outstanding careers throughout his long life. Problem solving was at the heart of ...

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APR
29

Recent events now on YouTube: April 2023 (updated)

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw.  On Wednesday, 5 April renowned geophysicist, Professor Dietmar Müller FAA FAGU of the University of Sydney, spoke at the 1312th Ordinary General meeti...

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APR
06

Council Elections 2023: announcement of results

At the Society's 156th Annual General Meeting, held on 5 April 2023, the results of the 2023 Council elections were announced. The election was conducted by electronic ballot over a three-week period from noon on 13 March until noon on 3 April.  Some 222 ballots were submitted by 664 eligible voters, corresponding to a return rate of 33%....

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MAR
31

Society Fellow, Steven Weller, appointed as ARC Executive Director

The Australian Research Council has recently announced (24 March) that Society Fellow Professor Steven Weller FRSN of the University of Newcastle has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the Engineering and Information Sciences.  The Executive Directors oversee the grant allocation panels in their discipline portfolio, have operati...

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MAR
29

Society welcomes new Fellows and Members: March 2023

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 20 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 15 March 2023. Fellows Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Ashburn Professor Roy Beran Dr Joseph Brophy Professor Conal Condren Professor Marcel Dinger Mr Lionel Etheridge Associate Professor Kalinda Griffiths Professor Anthony Mills Professor Bernard Pailthorpe...

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MAR
22

New national science priorities: a national conversation

Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM DistFRSN FAA FTSE, has been requested by the Australian Government to lead a national conversation about the revitalisation of Australia’s Science and Research Priorities over coming months. The current list of science priorities dates back to 2015 — a time before gravitational waves had been ...

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MAR
15

Academy of Science Honorific Awards for Society Fellows and Prize Winners

Professor Matthew England FRSN FAA of the UNSW Sydney and Professor Si Ming Man of the Australian National University have been named as winners in the Academy of Science (AAS) Honorific Awards for 2023.  Professor England, the winner of the RSNSW James Cook Medal in 2019, was awarded the  AAS Jaeger Medal — one of the Academy's career-le...

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DEC
13

Vale Dr Ragbir Bhathal FRSN

The Society is saddened by the unexpected death of Past President Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a long-serving member and Councilor of the Society. A member since 1982, Dr Bhathal passed away suddenly on 30 November 2022, aged 86. He was President in 1984 and Honorary Secretary from 1989 to 1991. He was elected a Fellow in 2015 and recently served as Honorary...

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DEC
12

Vale Emeritus Professor Chris Fell AO FRSN FTSE

It is with heavy heart that the Royal Society of NSW records the sudden death of one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor Christopher Fell AO FRSN FTSE, at the age of 82 on 8 December 2022. In addition to being Chair of the NCRIS Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), and a member of the NSW Government Independent Planning Authority, Profes...

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DEC
11

Recent events now on YouTube: December 2022

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/royalsocnsw. Recordings for three events, held in November and December 2022, are now available on YouTube. On 23 November 2022, Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSW, Professor ...

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DEC
07

Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2022

The Royal Society of NSW announced its Awards for 2022 at the 1309th Ordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, 7 December 2022.  These prestigious awards, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements and excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts. The award winners are listed be...

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DEC
01

Society Fellow, Simon Ringer, appointed as PVC (Research Infrastructure) at the University of Sydney

Society Fellow, Professor Simon Ringer FRSN FTSE, has just been named as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) at the University of Sydney. Professor Ringer is currently the Director of Core Research Facilities at the University of Sydney, and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical, a...

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NOV
22

Recent RSNSW Edgeworth David Medal winners recognised at 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Winners of the 2019 and 2020 Edgeworth David Medal of the Royal Society of NSW, respectively Professor Si Ming Man, of the Australian National University, and Associate Professor Brett Hallam of UNSW Sydney, have been (respectively) awarded the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and the Prize for New Innovators in the 2022 Prime Mini...

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NOV
22

Society Fellow, Trevor McDougall, awarded the 2022 Prime Minister's Prize for Science

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn that one of its fellows, Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall AC FRS FRSN FAA of the University of New South Wales, has been awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2022. The prize, valued at $250,000, recognises significant advancement of knowledge through science. Professor Mc...

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NOV
17

Society Fellows, Mary O'Kane and Barney Glover, appointed to the Australian Government panel developing the Universities Accord

On 16 November 2022, the Commonwealth Minister for Education, the Hon. Jason Clare announced the panel charged with developing the Australian Universities Accord that will provide a long-term plan for Australia's higher education system. Leading the team is Society Fellow, Emerita Professor Mary O'Kane AC FRSN FTSE — former Vice-Chancellor of ...

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NOV
16

Society Fellow, H Deep Saini, appointed as Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Canada

Society Fellow, Professor H Deep Saini FRSN, has just been announced as the incoming, 18th Vice-Chancellor of the highly-ranked McGill University in Montreal, Canada.   Professor Saini who was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW in 2017, during his tenure aas Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canberra, is curently the Vice-Chanc...

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NOV
14

Society Fellow elected as 2022 Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Professor Hans Pols

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn of the recognition of one of its Fellows, Professor Hans Pols FRSN FAHA FASSA of the University of Sydney, as oee of the new Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, elected in November 2022.  Professor Hans Pols is Professor at the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the...

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NOV
14

Society Fellow, Anatoly Rozenfeld, awarded NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the 2022

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW was very pleased to learn that one of its Fellows, Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld FRSN of the University of Wollongong, was recognised as the winner of Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year in the 2022 NSW Premier's Awards for Cancer Research at a ceremony held on 9 November.   Professor R...

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NOV
11

Society Fellow, Ben Eggleton, appointed as PVC (Research) at the University of Sydney

Society Fellow, Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE, has just been named as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney.  He commences his new role in November 2022. Professor Eggleton is currently the Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, Co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN), and a Profess...

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