Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
MAY
19

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-4

“Longer life and fertility: the promise of ageing research” Dr Lindsay WuNH&MRC Senior Research FellowUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: The dream of a “fountain of youth” can be found across diverse cultures dating back thousands of years. Today, scientists are studyin...

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MAY
18

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2022-2

“Making a living on the plains — Stone tools and archaeology of Aboriginal societies” Dr Colin Pardoe FRSN MAIATSISBiological Anthropologist and Archaeologist Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 12.00 pm AEST  Venue:  Wal Fife Lecture Theatre (Building 14, Room 212),Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga Campus) and live-streaming by ZoomVideo p...

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MAY
11

 RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2020

Professor Angela Moles

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022, Time 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm AEST  Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Palm House, Mrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney Video presentation: YouTube video. The Poggendorff Lecture: The Royal Society of NSW and UNSW (Sydney) are pleased to present the Society’s Poggendorff Lecture. The Poggendorff Lecture, which is awarded p...

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MAY
04

RSNSW Liversidge Lecture 2020

“Drug Discovery Inspired by Natural Products ” Professor Richard J Payne FRSN FRSC FRACIProfessor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, The University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, Time 6.00–8.00 pm AEST. Doors open at 5.45 pm. Drinks and canapés follow the lecture. Venue:  Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium (D17), University...

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APR
27

Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-1

“COVID 19: past performance, present practice, and future prospects” Nick Talley ACDistinguished Laureate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle andHunter Institute of Medical Research Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm AEST  Venue:  Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle NSW 2300Entry:  Free + an option to register...

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APR
27

Hunter Branch Annual General Meeting 2022

Notice of the RSNSW Hunter Branch 2022 Annual General Meeting Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5.00 pm AEST Venue: Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle Entry: No charge Only financial Members, Fellows, and Distinguished Fellows of the RSNSW Hunter Branch are eligible to attend. Notice is hereby given of the 2022 Annual General Meeting ...

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APR
21

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-3

“Space Race 2.0” Dr Bradley TuckerAstrophysicist and CosmologistAustralian National University Date: Thursday, 21 April 2022 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: Space exploration is happening at a rapid pace. Missions, projects, and events that are now happening were not even on the radar a few years ago. From pri...

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APR
20

Ideas@theHouse: April 2022

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Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 6.30 pm  AEST Venue: Live Streaming from Government House Sydney Entry: No charge All are welcome “Nothing” is a show concept the Australian Chamber Orchestra is developing with its partners at Melbourne University and expects to produce in the near future. Following the talk, Richard will engage in a conversati...

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APR
08

ANA 2022 Conference: Progress in Nuclear

Date: Friday, 8 April 2022, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm AEST Venue: UTS Aerial Function Centre, Level 7, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW Registration: Registration is required Entry: The registration fee is $280 including morning tea, a good lunch, afternoon tea, and conference reception ($260 early bird before 31 March), with a concessio...

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APR
06

1302nd OGM and Open Lecture

“New frontiers in smart sensor technology for a healthier, safer and sustainable future” Professor Benjamin Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE FOSA FIEEE FSPIEDirector, University of Sydney Nano Institute and Co-Director, NSW Smart Sensing Network Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm AEST Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shake...

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APR
06

 155th AGM and 1302nd OGM and Open Lecture

Professor Benjamin Eggleton

  Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm AEST  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Registration:Registration for the AGM and OGM is required through Membes. Please register only if you are attending in person.  There is no live streaming but the lecture will be available on YouTube shortly...

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MAR
25

Frontiers of Science Forum 2022

“Exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology,  and chemistry” The Hon. Alister Henskins SC MPProf Johannes Le Coutre FRSN, UNSW SydneyProf Benjamin Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE, University of SydneyProf Chris Tisdell FRSN, UNSW SydneyProf. Martina Stenzel FRSN FAA, UNSW Sydney A joint meeting of the Australian Institute...

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MAR
17

RSNSW Clarke Lecture 2020

“From bulldozers, pests, and pathogens to climate change and urban futures: the tough life of plants” Professor Michelle LeishmanDistinguished Professor of BiologyDirector, Centre for Smart Green Cities, Macquarie University Date: Thursday, 17 March 2022, Time 5.30–7.00 pm AEDT Venue:  Live Streaming only.  The previously announced face-t...

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MAR
17

 Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-2

“Transgenerational Epigenetics ” Dr Alyson AsheSenior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental ScienceUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 17 March 2022 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: Epigenetics – one of the mechanisms by which cells control the expression of genes – has long been known to be heritable acr...

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MAR
15

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2022-1

“Public Trust and Science in Times of Coronavirus” Robert Clancy AM FRSNMichelle Grattan AO FASSA and Jane Quinnfacilitated by Mark Evans Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 12.00 pm AEST  Venue:  Council Room 104, The Grange, Building 1205, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst) and Zoom live streaming Video presentation: YouTube videoA...

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MAR
02

1301st OGM and Open Lecture

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Sajad Abolpour Moshizi Bazaz
Harry Marquis
Kevin Chau

Royal Society of NSW 2021 Student Award Presentations  Zain Mehdi, ANUSajad Abolpour Moshizi, Macquarie University Harry Marquis, University of SydneyKevin Chau, Macquarie University   Date: Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT Venue: Zoom Webinar. Video presentation: YouTube video The evening’s program comprises four short talks present...

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FEB
17

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-1

“Uranium: Australia’s secure energy and climate solution” Mr Robert ParkerFormer PresidentAustralian Nuclear Association Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: Increasing costs and uncertainty over energy reliability means that nuclear energy is now viable in Australia. The nation is also ...

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FEB
16

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2022

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Engineering and related Challenges in Decarbonising the Electricity System Professor Stephen Wilson  University of Queensland 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 Australian Nuclear Associa...

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FEB
02

1300th OGM and Open Lecture

“Where next for higher education after COVID-19?” Professor Mark Scott AO FRSNVice-Chancellor and PrincipalThe University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Zoom Webinar. Video presentation: YouTube video All are welcome Summary:  The COVID-19 pandemic forced dramatic changes to teaching, resea...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2022

Events 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 ...

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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), normally held at 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 Ideas@theHouse series, 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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