Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
AUG
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-7

“The cycle of rainfall in Eastern NSW” > Professor Michael AstenandProfessor Ken McCracken Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Michael Asten and Ken McCracken will present evidence for an 80-year on-off cycle in extreme rainfall and flood events in the Hawke...

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SEP
07

1306th OGM and Open Lecture

“Is Fairweather an Australian artist? And does it matter?” Claire Roberts FAHA (1)     in conversation with Nicholas Jose (2)(1) Associate Professor of Art History, University of Melbourne(2) Novelist and Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar.  Click ...

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JUL
02

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum University of Sydneyon weekends 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm from Saturday 1 July 2022until Sunday 25 September 2022 As part of our 200-year celebrations, the Chau Chak Wing Museum (CCW Museum) at the University of Sydney has curated a display of Society-related objects from the Macleay Collecti...

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OCT
05

1307th OGM and Open Lecture

“The Global Economy and Australia's Outlook: Geoff Harcourt's contribution to the theory of productivity growth” Dr Don Russell (1)Ms Jane Drake-Brockman (2)Emeritus Professor Robert Marks FRSN (3) (1) Chair, AustralianSuper(2) Visiting Fellow, University of Adelaide(3) Emeritus Professor, UNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT...

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OCT
12

Joint RSNSW-University of Sydney Business School Public Lecture

“A New Way to Wealth: The Role of Social Response Capitalism” Bruce Piasecki PhDNew York Times Bestselling Author andFounder of AHC Group, Inc. Date: Wednesday 12 October 2022, 6.00–8.00 pm (drinks & canapés from 7.00 pm)  Venue: Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney Business School, Camperdown/Darlington Campus, University of Sy...

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NOV
03

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2022

“Reshaping Australia: Communities in Action” Royal Society of NSW and Learned Academies Date: Thursday, 3 November 2022, 9.30 am AEDT  Venue: Government House Sydney (by invitation) and Live Streaming  Summary:  The tumultuous last decade has witnessed a decline in political consensus and a growing perception that our formal ins...

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NOV
16

2022 Linnean Society of NSW Natural History Field Symposium

“Natural History of the Northeastern Sydney Basin”Call for Presentations and Early Registration Dates: Wednesday/Thursday 16–17 November (oral presentations), Friday 18 November (field trip)  Venue: Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High Street, Hornsby (oral presentations), Kuring-gai Chase National Park, West Head (field trip) Registration:  Register...

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NOV
23

1308th OGM and 2021 Pollock Memorial Lecture

“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: Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Entry: Society members, $35; N...

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NOV
30

RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2021

“A plant breeder’s perspective on food security and climate change”Professor Richard TrethowanProfessor of Plant BreedingDirector, Plant Breeding InstituteSydney Institute of AgricultureUniversity of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, time to be advised  Venue: University of Sydney — venue to be advised Entry: To be advised Registr...

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AUG
11

2022 Ben Haneman Lecture

“Virus on the march? Military model and metaphor in the COVID-19 pandemic” Professor Warwick Anderson FRSN FAHA FASSA FAHMSProfessor of HistoryUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm AEST  Venue: Friends Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney Registration:  Registration th...

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AUG
04

[email protected]: August 2022

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

[email protected] byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW “Manufacturing at the Atomic Scale”Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSEScientia Professor, UNSW SydneyDirector, ARC Centre of Excellence (CQC2T)Founder, Silicon Quantum Computing Date: Thursday, 4 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Live-streamed from ...

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AUG
03

1305th OGM and Open Lecture

“Marsupials: Their secrets are all in their genes!” Professor Kathy Belov AO FRSN FAA (1)     andDr Elizabeth Deane FRSN (2) (1) Professor of Comparative Genomics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Sydney(2) Education Consultant Date: Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinarVideo presen...

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JUL
28

Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-3

“The Intersection between Science and Law” Dr Xanthé MallettAssociate Professor of CriminologyUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022, 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm AEST  Venue:  Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle NSW 2300Entry:  Free + an option to register for dinner at $95 (incl GST) per head following the lecture Dr...

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JUL
21

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-6

“The Rise of Fragility and Poor Mental Health in our Youth: Where are we going wrong?” Clare RoweEducational and Developmental PsychologistRowe and Associates Child and Family Psychology Date: Thursday, 21 July 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexander Room (1st Floor) All are welcome Summary: In order to combat the steep rise of ment...

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JUL
06

1304th OGM and Open Lecture

“This is going to be different: Learning to live with Chinese Power” Professor Hugh White AO FASSAEmeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, Australian National University Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Video recording: YouTube video All are welcome Summary:&n...

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JUN
24

Pamela Griffith Exhibition-Art and Nature

“Art and Nature” Pamela Griffith FRSNSydney Artist and Printmaker Date: 24 June – 5 July 2022 — Opening Sunday, 26 June 2–4pm (Speaker: Dr Saul Griffith) Venue: Broadhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea Southern Sydney painter and printmaker Pamela Griffith has traversed Australia to observe living creatures in their natu...

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JAN
09

RSNSW Exhibition: NEXUS 2022 — CLOSED ON 30 JUNE

Jean Garling RoomMitchell Building, State Library of NSW1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney EXHIBITION NOW OPEN Opening Hours: Monday 2-5 pm; Thursday 2-5 pm; Saturday 2-5; Sunday 2-5 pm until 30 June 2022 About the Exhibition: This Exhibition begins a year of celebrations to mark the Society’s contributions to the intellectual life of NSW over 200 ye...

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JUN
24

RSNSW 200th Anniversary Dinner

  Date: Friday 24 June 2022  Venue and times:  Chau Chak Wing Museum (pre-dinner drinks) 6–7 pm followed by dinner (7–10 pm) in the Great Hall, The University of SydneyDress: Black tie and decorations All are welcome The Society’s bicentennial year is culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 24 June 2022 when we gather to celebrate ...

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JUN
21

Joint AIP, RACI, RSNSW, and ANSTO Presentation

“Big Science of Gen IV Power Reactors” Dr Mark HoReactor Heat Transfer Specialist, ANSTOVice-President, Australian Nuclear Association Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 7.00 pm AEST  Venue: Hybrid—ANSTO Discovery Centre, Lucas Heights NSW and live streaming (link sent on the day of the event)Enquiries: 02 9717 3090 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

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JUN
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-5

“From the RNA world to building an RNA ecosystem” Professor Pall ThordarsonDirector, UNSW RNA InstituteUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 16 June 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: The RNA world idea within the origin of life field centres around the observation that the RNA molecule can do both: carry information (e.g....

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Royal Society Events

The Royal Society of NSW organizes events in Sydney and in its Branches throughout the year. 

In Sydney, these include Ordinary General Meetings (OGMs) held normally at 6.00 for 6.30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month (there is no meeting in January), in the Gallery Room at the State Library of NSW. At the OGMs, society business is conducted, new Fellows and Members are inducted, and reports from Council are given.  This is followed by a public lecture presented by an eminent expert and an optional dinner.  Drinks are served before the meeting.  There is a small charge to attend the meeting and lecture, and to cover refreshments.  The dinner is a separate charge, and must be booked in advance.  All OGMs are open to members of the public.

Since April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings have been replaced by virtual meetings, conducted as Zoom webinars, allowing the events program to continue uninterrupted.  It is hoped that face-to-face meetings can be resumed in 2022. 

Other events are held in collaboration with other groups, including:

  • The Four Societies lecture — with the Australian Institute of Energy, the Nuclear Panel of Engineers Australia (Sydney Division), and the Australian Nuclear Association
  • The Forum — the Australian Academy of Science, with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • The Dirac lecture — with UNSW Sydney and the Australian Institute of Physics
  • The Liversidge Medal lecture — with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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