Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
JUL
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2021-6

“ANSTO’s WOMBAT Project” Dr Helen Maynard-CaselySenior Instrument ScientistAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Date: Thursday, 15 July  Venue: Via email circulation   Summary Dr Maynard-Casely was due to present this talk at the Mittagong RSL on 15 July 2021. Unfortunately, because of the updated COVID-19 restrictions a...

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JUL
07

1295th OGM and Open Lecture

“Society as an information processing system, and the influence of the media” Dr Erik Aslaksen FRSNPhysicist, Engineer, and Author Date: Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinarVideo presentation: YouTube video  Summary: We are concerned about our environment, and rightfully so: the air we breathe, the water we ...

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JUN
30

Hunter Branch Meeting 2021-2

“Extreme bushfires and the age of violent pyroconvection” Professor Jason SharplesSchool of ScienceUNSW (Canberra) Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 6.00 pm AEST  Venue:  Zoom WebinarVideo presentation: YouTube video (*) Note:  Please note the change to both the time of the event and the venue/format. The current uncertainty r...

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JUN
17

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2021-5

“Burnout — the hottest issue” Max La Galle introduced by Dr Ken McCracken Date: Thursday, 17 June, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: RSL Mittagong, Nattai/Joadja Rooms All are welcome  Summary: Science has progressed beyond our wildest predictions in these 200 years and it is no wonder that young aspiring scientists these days are now walking in t...

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JUN
02

1294th OGM and Open Lecture

“Murray-Darling Basin turmoil:past, present, and future” Professor Richard Kingsford FRSNProfessor of Environmental Science Director, Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 6.30pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinar Video presentation: YouTube video Summary:  The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's most devel...

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MAY
26

Hunter Branch Meeting 2021-1

“On readying our region for low emissions technology” Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE FAAFormer Chief Scientist of Australia Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 5.30pm AEST  Venue: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (cnr Auckland and Laman Streets, Newcastle) and Zoom live-streaming Video presentation:YouTube video In Conversation with Dr Alan Finkel AO. This...

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MAY
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2020-4

“Burnout — the hottest issue” Professor Gordon Parker AOScientia Professor of PsychiatryUNSW (Sydney) Date: Thursday, 20 May, 6.30pm AEST Venue: RSL Mittagong (face-to-face) All are welcome.  Summary:If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. In this lecture, Pro...

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MAY
05

1293rd OGM and Open Lecture

“Big, bad fires in NSW” Emerita Professor Mary O’Kane AC FRSN FTSE Hon FIEAustChair, NSW Independent Planning Commission Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 6.30pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar Video presentation: YouTube video Summary:  As noted in the NSW Bushfire Inquiry, “The 2019-20 bush fire season was extreme, and extremely unusual. It s...

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APR
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2021-3

“Particle radiation therapy and human space exploration: commonality in challenges and solutions” Professor Anatoly RosenfeldUniversity of Wollongong Date: Thursday, 15 April, 6.30pm AESTVenue: RSL Mittagong, Nattai/Joadja Rooms (face-to-face) Entry: No charge All are welcome.  Summary: Particle therapy is advantageous for the treatm...

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APR
15

Ideas@theHouse: April 2021

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Ideas@theHousePresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW “Australia and the Dickens Boys”Thomas Keneally AO DistFRSN Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021, 6.00pm AESTVenue: Zoom Webinar Video Presentation: YouTube Video Image credit: Tom Keneally in the Tom Keneally Centre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. Photo b...

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APR
14

Inaugural David Cooper Lecture (UNSW)

“From the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the COVID-19 pandemic, what have we learnt and what do we still need to learn?” Dr Anthony S. FauciDirector, US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Date: Wednesday, 14 April, 6.30pm AEST Venue: Online via UNSW Centre for Ideas Entry: No charge Registration: through Eventbrite is required  A...

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APR
07

1292nd OGM and Open Lecture

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“Antarctica, this ain’t no mirage: the value of art in disseminating scientific information” Lea Kannar-LichtenbergerContemporary Artist Date: Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 6.00pm AEST (preceded by the Annual General Meeting) Venue: Zoom Webinar Video Presentation:YouTube Video About this Event In this talk Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger will explore jus...

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APR
07

154th AGM and 1292th OGM and Open Lecture

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

  Date: Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 6.00pm AEST Venue: Zoom Webinar This notice provides information about the: 154th Annual General Meeting and Council Elections1292nd Ordinary General Meeting and Open Lecture Annual General Meeting Rule 4(c) of the Society's Rules requires that an Annual General Meeting (AGM) must be held in April of each year....

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MAR
31

RSNSW Hunter Branch Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice of the 1st Annual General Meeting of the RSNSW Hunter Branch Date: Wednesday, 31 March, 5.00pm AEDT Venue: Collaborative Teal Room, X201, NUSpace, University of Newcastle (Hunter St) and via Zoom live-streaming Entry: No charge Only financial Members and Fellows of the RSNSW Hunter Branch are eligible to attend. Notice is hereby given o...

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MAR
24

Stewardship of Country from the Royal Societies of Australia: Webinar 3

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“Stewardship of Country: From Past to Future – Australian Stewardship of Country” Presented jointly by the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Australia Victoria Date: Wednesday, 24 March, 6.00–8.00 pm AEDT Venue: Live streaming on the RSA Facebook page Enquiries: via email  Entry: No charge. All are welcome Stewardship of Country, pres...

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MAR
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2021-2

“The general development of the Sydney Basin Coast and its recent history since the last ice age” Dr Howard Brady Date: Thursday, 18 March, 6.30pm AEDTVenue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room (face-to-face) Entry: No charge All are welcome.  Summary: In 2009/2010 Howard Brady examined reports prepared for the Shoalhaven City Council by ...

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MAR
10

Stewardship of Country from the Royal Societies of Australia: Webinar 2

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“Stewardship of Country: Resilience, regeneration and escaping the iron law of business-as-usual” Presented jointly by the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Australia Victoria Date: Wednesday, 10 March, 6.00–8.00pm AEDT Venue: Live streaming on the RSA Facebook page Enquiries: via email  Entry: No charge for Facebook livestreaming.&nb...

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MAR
03

1291st OGM and Open Lecture

“What are the best options for growing Australia’s mental health through the COVID-19 recovery?” Professor Ian Hickie AM FRSN FASSA FAHMS FRANZCPCo-Director, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 3 March, 6.30pm AEDT Venue: Zoom webinar Video Presentation: YouTube Video All are welcome.  Summary: The concept of...

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FEB
24

Stewardship of Country from the Royal Societies of Australia: Webinar 1

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“Stewardship of Country: The Common Ground – A Convergence of Traditions” Presented jointly by the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Australia Victoria Date: Wednesday, 24 February, 6.00–8.00pm AEDT Video presentation: Facebook video All are welcome Stewardship of Country, presented by the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Austral...

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FEB
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2021-1

“The five islands off Port Kembla — an historical and ecological study” Dr Kevin MillsBotanist and Ecologist   Date: Thursday, 18 February, 6.30pm AEDTVenue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room (face-to-face) Entry: No charge All are welcome.  Summary: To follow. Dr Kevin Mills is a botanist and ecologist and has lived in the Il...

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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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