Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
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

Zain Mehdi
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

Stephen Wilson
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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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DEC
01

1299th OGM and Open Lecture

“Managing psychological distress in times of stress: the stress of COVID-19 and all that” Professor Richard Bryant AC FASSA FAA FAHMSScientia Professor of Psychology &Director, Traumatic Stress ClinicUNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Zoom WebinarVideo Presentation: YouTube video All are welcome  ...

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NOV
09

AIP Postgraduate Awards and the RSNSW Jak Kelly Prize 2021

AIP Postgraduate Awards 2021 Jointly sponsored by the:Australian Institute of Physics, Royal Society of NSW, andRoyal Australian Chemical Institute Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 2.00 pm AEDT  Venue: Zoom WebinarEntry: No charge All are welcome.  Summary: The NSW Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics will hold its Annua...

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NOV
04

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2021

  POWER AND PERIL OF THE DIGITAL AGE Dates: Thursday and Friday, 4–5 November 2021, 9.00 am–12.30 pm AEDT Venue: Live streaming and subsequently on YouTube Cost: No charge Video presentation: YouTube playlistBrochure: The brochure is available in two forms: (a) an abridged document (pdf: 5.8 MB) providing just the program, ...

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OCT
19

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2021-1

“With the Falling of the Dusk” Professor Stan GrantVice Chancellor's Chair of Australian-Indigenous BelongingCharles Sturt University Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 1.00 pm AEDT  Venue:  Zoom WebinarVideo Presentation: YouTube videoAll are welcome This meeting is presented jointly by Charles Sturt University and the Royal Society of NSW....

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OCT
06

1298th OGM and Open Lecture

“Privacy and Identity in anAI world” Professor Toby Walsh FAA FACM FAAASScientia Professor of AISchool of CSE, UNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Zoom WebinarVideo presentation: YouTube video All are welcome.   Summary: Artificial Intelligence is making great advances, many of which challenge our...

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SEP
15

Our Energy Future: Part 2 of a two part event from RSNSW

Dr Adi Paterson

Our Energy Future: The Unrecognised Opportunity in Glasgow — In Two ActsPart 2: Crushed Rocks Dr Saul Griffith FRSNincluding a conversation withDr Adi Paterson FRSN Date: 12.30 pm AEST, Wednesday 15 September 2021 (Part 2) Venue: Zoom webinar Video presentation: YouTube videos for Part 1 and Part 2 Society Members and Fellows, and members...

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SEP
14

Inaugural Meeting to establish the Western NSW Branch of the Society

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 2.00 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar.  For assistance in getting started with Zoom, please click here. Enquiries: via email  Entry: No charge All Society members are invited to join this historic occasion.  The Council has resolved to establish a new branch of the Society in Western NSW coveri...

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SEP
01

1297th OGM and Open Lecture

“Taking humour and laughter seriously: Exploring the multi-disciplinary field of humour studies” Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSNHonorary Associate, University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar.  For assistance in getting started with Zoom, please click here.Video Presentation: YouTube vi...

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AUG
25

Our Energy Future: Part 1 of a two-part event from RSNSW

Dr Adi Paterson

Our Energy Future: The Unrecognised Opportunity in Glasgow — In Two ActsPart 1: Context and CastlesPart 2: Crushed Rocks Dr Saul Griffith FRSNincluding a conversation withDr Adi Paterson FRSN Date: 12.30 pm AEST, Wed. 25 August 2021  Venue: Zoom webinarsVideo presentation: YouTube videos for Part 1 and Part 2 Society Members and Fell...

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AUG
25

Hunter Branch Meeting 2021-3

“Did the Aged Care Royal Commission provide a blueprint to fix Australia's aged care system? If not, what else needs to happen?” Professor Kathy EagarDirector, Australian Health Services Research InstituteUniversity of Wollongong Date: Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 6.00 pm AEST  Venue:  Zoom WebinarVideo Presentation: YouTube ...

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AUG
04

1296th OGM and Open Lecture

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“The Intimate History of Evolution: The Huxleys 1825–1975” A contribution to National Science Week Professor Alison Bashford FRSN FAHA FRHistS FBALaureate Professor of HistoryUNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar.   Video presentation: YouTube video   Summary: At Life Maga...

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JUL
22

Ideas@theHouse: July 2021

Greta Bradman

Ideas@theHousePresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW “Music as a Superfood: How music can help us live longer, sleep better, calm down, find flow, and feel happier”Greta J. Bradman Writer, broadcaster, psychologist, and performing artist Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021, 6.30pm AEST Venue: Zoom webinar. F...

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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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