Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
JUN
07

1313th OGM and Open Lecture

“Making rights a reality — the need for a Human Rights Act for Australia”Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FAALPresidentAustralian Human Rights Commission Date: Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyEntry: Society members, $10; Non-members, $20; Students, $5. Registratio...

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JUN
14

[email protected]: June 2023

Dr Cathy Foley

[email protected] byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW “Importance of scientific ideas and discovery to Australia's future”Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM DistFRSN FAA FTSEAustralia's Chief Scientist Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Live-streaming from Government House Sydney with availability o...

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JUN
15

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-2

“A new history of Australian political thought”Professor Wayne HudsonAdjunct Research Professor, Australian Centre for Christianity and CultureCharles Sturt University, Canberra Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023, 6.00 pm Venue: Charles Stuart University, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACTEntry: No chargeRegistration:Registration through Eventbrite for...

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JUN
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-5

“Machines behaving badly: the morality of AI”Professor Toby Walsh FAA FACM FAAASScientia Professor of Artificial IntelligenceUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Generative AI tools like Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT have caught public attention. But what new...

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JUN
20

Joint AIP, RACI, RSNSW, and ANSTO Presentation

“The Invisible Revealed” Dr Joseph BevittSenior Instrument Scientist, ANSTO Date: Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 7.00 pm AEST (preceded by an optional tour of ACNS at 5.30 pm)  Venue: Hybrid—ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights NSW, and live streaming (link sent on the day of the event)Entry: No charge for the seminar, but $6...

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JUL
05

RSNSW Online Presentation 2023-2

“Thoughts on the Voice”Panel comprising:Peter Baume AC DistFRSN, Megan Davis FRSN, Christopher Puplick AM, and Dean Ashenden Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinarEntry: No charge All are welcome Join the webinar here Summary: Peter Baume AC, who served as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Fraser Government i...

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AUG
10

[email protected]: August 2023

Professor Emma Johnston

[email protected] byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW “Ideas for marine stewardship and sustainability in a time of acceleration”Professor Emma Johnston AO FRSN FAA FTSEDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)University of Sydney Date: Thursday, 10 August 2023, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Government House Sydney (by forma...

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SEP
06

RSNSW Online Lecture 2023-3

“Challenges for Open Enquiry and Scholarship in a Divided Age”Professor Alan DavisonProfessor and DeanFaculty of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of Technology Sydney Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar (link to follow)Entry: No charge All are welcome Join the webinar here --> Summary: Are the current se...

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NOV
08

1316th OGM and 2022 Clarke Memorial Lecture

“Caves as observatories of groundwater recharge”Professor Andy Baker FRSN FAGUSchool of Biological, Earth, and Environment SciencesUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyEntry: Society members, !10; Non-members, $20; Student, $5Registration:&nb...

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NOV
29

1317th OGM and Open Lecture

“What do we really know about 20th and 21st-century sea-level change?”Emeritus Professor John Church AO FAA FTSE FAMS FAGUClimate Change Research CentreUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyEntry: Society members, !10; Non-members, $20; Stude...

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MAY
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-4

“Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia”Susannah Fullerton OAM FRSNAuthor, Literary Lecturer, and Tour Leader Date: Thursday, 18 May 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Chevalier College, Performing Arts Centre All are welcome Summary: Many Australians have no idea about the famous writers who came to this country in the 19th century a...

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MAY
11

Hunter Branch Meeting 2023-2

Kevin Galvin

“Invention, Innovation, Impact — the I’s have it!” Kevin Galvin FAA FTSE FIEAust CPEngLaureate Professor and DirectorARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-efficient Beneficiation of MineralsNewcastle Institute for Energy and ResourcesUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday 11 May 2023, gather from 5.00 pm for 5.45 pm (AEST)  Registration:&n...

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MAY
03

RSNSW Online Lecture 2023-1

“Artificial Intelligence myths debunked — how AI is transforming humanity for the global good”Professor Michael Blumenstein FACSProfessor and Acting DeanFaculty of Engineering & ITUniversity of Technology Sydney Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar Video presentation: YouTube video All are welcome Join the we...

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APR
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-3

“Most of our universe is missing —Adventures in the dark side of the cosmos”Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSWProfessor of AstrophysicsSydney Institute of AstronomyUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexandra Room All are welcome Click here to register --> Summary:  Most of the cosm...

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APR
20

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-1

“Children should be seen AND heard: the importance of communication so children can thrive”Professor Sharynne McLeod FRSN FASSAProfessor of Speech and Language Acquisition, School of EducationCharles Sturt University Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023, 6.00 pm Venue: Engineering Building, Building 1305, Charles Sturt University, BathurstVideo presentati...

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APR
05

156th AGM and 1312th OGM and Open Lecture

Professor Dietmar Muller

156th Annual General Meeting      and1312th Ordinary General Meeting   Date: Wednesday, 5 April 2022, 6.00 pm AEST Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo Presentation: YouTube video Please register now --> This notice provides information about the: 156th Annual General Meeting and Council...

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APR
05

1312th OGM and 2019 Clarke Memorial Lecture

“Reconstructing ancient oceans, sea-level fluctuations, the deep carbon cycle and biodiversity ”Professor Dietmar Müller FAA FAGUProfessor of GeophysicsSchool of GeosciencesUniversity of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 5 April 2023, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTub...

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MAR
24

Frontiers of Science Forum 2023

“Exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology,  and chemistry” Hon Prof Robert Booy, University of SydneyDr Anna Romanov, UNSW SydneyAssoc Prof David Bishop, UTSAssoc Prof Susanna Guatelli, University of Wollongong A joint meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP),  the Teachers’ Guild of NSW (TGNSW...

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MAR
21

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2023

Franziska Teichmann

Energy in Germany and Europe — 2022 and beyond Franziska TeichmannHead, German Secretariat for Energy Cooperation with Australia and New Zealand A joint meeting of the Australian Institute of Energy, the Australian Nuclear Association, the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia, and the Royal Society of NSW — this year organised by the Austral...

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MAR
16

Hunter Branch Meeting 2023-1

“From floods to drought? What might this year bring and what is causing these extremes” Dr Danielle Verdon-KiddAssociate Professor, Environmental and Life SciencesUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday 16 March 2023, 5.00 pm for 5.15 pm AEDT  Registration:  Registration is required by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 14 March 2023 through Membes. Max: ...

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Royal Society Events

The Royal Society of New South Wales organises events in Sydney and at its Branches throughout the year. 

In Sydney, these include:

  • Ordinary General Meetings (OGMs), held in the Gallery Room (Mitchell Buiding) of the State Library of NSW normally at 6.00 for 6.30 pm on the first Wednesday of each alternate, even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). The OGMs comprise Society business, reports from Council, and the induction of new members and Fellows into the Society.  They are followed by a public lecture presented by an eminent speaker and are preceded by drinks, available from a cash bar in an adjacent room. All OGMs are open to the public. Registration for these events is required and there is a small charge to cover the costs associated with holding these meetings in the State Library. 
  • Online meetings, conducted as Zoom webinars, which are held normally at 6.30 pm on the first Wednesday of each alternate, odd-numbered month (March, May, July, September, and November).  All online meetings are open to the public and there is no charge for attendance.  
  •  The [email protected] series, which is conducted in collaboration with our Patron, the Governor of NSW, and held at Government House Sydney.  

A range of events is held in collaboration with other learned societies and academies. These include the:

  • Annual Forum — conducted jointly by the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and normally held at Government House Sydney
  • Four Societies Lecture — conducted with the Australian Institute of Energy, the Nuclear Panel of Engineers Australia (Sydney Division), and the Australian Nuclear Association
  • Dirac Lecture — with UNSW Sydney and the Australian Institute of Physics
  • Liversidge Medal lecture — with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

In addition, there are the named lectures that are associated with the Society's awards.  In some cases, these lectures are conducted jointly with universities, normally the host institution of the winner of that award. 

In all cases, these events are advertised on these pages and registration for events held face-to-face is required.

Each of the Branches runs a regular program of face-to-face events in their local areas.  All branch events are included in the Events listed on these pages and individual Branch pages include just those events being organised by the local branch.  

The bulk of the Society's event program is recorded and made available on our YouTube channel.

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