Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
DEC
19

Vale Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil.) CVO MC FRSN

The Society is saddened to learn of the death of one of its most eminent Fellows, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil.) CVO MC FRSN, on 18 December 2020 at the age of 83. Michael Jeffrey was a brave soldier and a statesman at the highest level, rising to serve as Australia’s twenty-fourth Governor-General. Major General Jef...

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DEC
14

A Very Special Festive Season

The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of Australian bushfires and floods, COVID 19, lockdowns, “flattening the curve”, Chief Medical Officers and epidemiologists. The whole community has been challenged to find new ways of doing things, and to put up with inconveniences, big and small. For the Royal Society of New South Wales this ha...

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DEC
09

Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2020

The Royal Society of NSW announced its Awards for 2020 at the 1289th Ordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.  These prestigious awards, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements and excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts. The awards and their recipients...

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DEC
09

Society Fellow, Nalini Joshi, awarded the 2020 AustMS George Szekeres Medal

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Payne-Scott Professor Nalini Joshi AO FRSN FAA of the University of Sydney, on being jointly awarded the George Szekeres Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society in 2020. The George Szekeres Medal, which recognises an “outstanding contribution to the mathematical s...

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DEC
07

Society Fellow, Ben Eggleton, awarded the 2020 ANZOS "Beattie" Steel Medal

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE of the University of Sydney, on the awarding of the WH “Beattie” Steel Medal for 2020 from the Australian And New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS). The “Beattie” Steel Medal is the most prestigious award of the Australian and Ne...

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DEC
04

Society Fellow, Matthew England, awarded the 2020 AMOS Morton Medal

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Scientia Professor Matthew England FRSN FAA of UNSW Sydney, on the awarding of the Morton Medal from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) for 2020. The Morton Medal recognises leadership in meteorology, oceanography, climate and related f...

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NOV
27

Society Fellows elected as 2020 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

Professor Hals Zreiqat
Adjunct Professor Trevor Danos

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn of the recognition of two of its Fellows, Professor Hala Zreiqat AM FRSN FTSE FAHMS and Adjunct Professor Trevor Danos AM FRSN FTSE, being elected to Fellowships in the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. They are amongst 25 new Fellows of the Academy in 2020 who are elected by their peer...

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NOV
25

Society Fellows, Ben Eggleton and Robert Park, win 2020 Eureka Prizes

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted that two of its Fellows, Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE and Professor Robert Park FRSN FTSE, both from the University of Sydney, have been awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for 2020.  The Council of the Society warmly congratulate both Professor Eggleton and Professor Park on their achievements...

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NOV
20

Leading universities call for wealthy nations to commit to zero emissions targets

A new international network of top climate universities universities including the UNSW Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University, as well as Oxford, Caltech and the Sorbonne amongst many others  is calling for wealthy nations to commit to net zero emissions targets. The International Universities Climate Alliance, announced o...

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NOV
20

Release of YouTube videos from the 2020 Forum: After COVID-19-Creating the Best of Times from the Worst of Times

In the spirit of advancing knowledge and enriching lives, The Royal Society of NSW is pleased to announce the availability of the video recordings from its most recent annual Forum, conducted jointly with the Four Learned Academies. The theme of the 2020 Forum was “After COVID-19: Creating the Best of Times from the Worst of Times”. This year, the ...

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NOV
11

Society Fellow, Cathy Foley, appointed as Australia's next Chief Scientist

The Royal Society of NSW was delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, Dr Cathy Foley AM FRSN FAA FTSE, has just been appointed as the incoming Chief Scientist of Australia from 2021. Dr Foley, a 36-year veteran of CSIRO, comes to the position of Australia's Chief Scientist from the role of Chief Scientist at CSIRO. She has a distinguished record...

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OCT
28

Society Fellow, Thomas Maschmeyer, wins the 2020 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted that one of its Fellows, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer FRSN FAA FTSE from the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2020 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation. The Council of the Society warmly congratulates Professor Maschmeyer on this achievement, and this recognition of the impact of ...

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OCT
27

Society Fellows awarded 2020 NSW Premier's Science and Engineering Prizes

Four Society Fellows have been recognised at the NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering, with Professor Edward Holmes FRSN FAA FRS, of the University of Sydney, being awarded the 2020 NSW Scientist of the Year. In the other awards, Professor Suzanne O’Reilly AM FRSN FAA of Macquarie University received the Prize for Excellence in Mathemat...

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OCT
21

Society Fellows as Finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

A number of Society Fellows are amongst the Finalists of the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Awards—the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation’s leading scientif...

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OCT
09

Events since September 2020 now on YouTube

Events held online since early September 2020 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  These are the lecture presented at the1286th Ordinary General Meeting by Professor John Rasko AO (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Centenary Institute, University of Sydney) on the evening of 2 September, the Southern Highl...

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OCT
01

Distinguished Fellow, Michelle Simmons, appointed to the CSIRO Board

Quantum physicist, former Australian of the Year in 2018, and Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons of UNSW Sydney, has been appointed to the Board of CSIRO for a five-year term. Professor Simmons, who is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and...

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SEP
24

Point Counterpoint: Gas as a Transition Fuel

The Society has introduced Point Counterpoint, a new section in its Journal and Proceedings through which scientific debate and disagreement on topics of broad societal interest can be aired and documented. The first in this series deals with the role of Gas as a Transition Fuel in Australia's and the world's energy systems. In Australia, curr...

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SEP
10

Postponement of [email protected] (September 2020)

Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been necessary to postpone the second in [email protected] series to be presented jointly by Our Patron, Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW and the Royal Society of NSW on the evening of 22 September 2020.  As soon as circumstances permit, the event will b...

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AUG
28

Nominate a colleague for a Society Award

Nominations closed on 30 September 2020. Now is your chance to nominate a colleague or friend who you believe is eligible for a Royal Society of NSW Award. You have the opportunity to nominate a high achiever for the Society’s prestigious prizes for excellence in science, technology, engineering, maths, agriculture, history, philosophy and the bett...

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AUG
28

August 2020 Events now on YouTube

Events held online during August 2020 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  These are the lecture presented at the1285th Ordinary General Meeting by Professor Peter Radoll (University of Canberra) on the evening of 5 August, and two presentations for Science Week 2020 by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy an...

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