Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
NOV
06

1278th OGM and Open Lecture

   The Beginning of Weather Forecasting:    Matthew Maury, Robert FitzRoy FRS, and    L. F. Richardson FRS       Professor Herbert Huppert FRS FRSN    University of Cambridge Joint RSNSW OGM and Open Lecture & Australian Academy of Science’s Selby Public Lecture 2019 Date: Wednesday 6 ...

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OCT
17

Women and Science: Lecture 6

     “Women at the Frontiers of Biotech”     Dr Susan Pond Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019, 6.00pm for 6.30pm Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney Women at the Frontiers of Biotech Susan Pond outlined how biotechnology is being put to use for the good of humanity and the planet, and examined...

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OCT
09

Inaugural Meeting, Hunter Branch of the Royal Society of NSW, and Open Lecture

     “Industries of the Future”      Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte FRSN      NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 6.00pm Venue: Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle NSW Inaugural Meeting An inaugural meeting to establish the Hunter Branch of the Royal Society of New S...

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OCT
02

1277th OGM and Open Lecture

  Bodies and Minds in Animal Evolution   Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith   The University of Sydney Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW (Entrance: Shakespeare Place, Sydney) Charting the evolution of different kinds of animal bodies helps us understand the evolut...

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SEP
23

Women and Science: Lecture 5

     “Electricity, astronomy, and natural history:     from colonial Sydney to Royal Sweden, and     a ladies' academy of science in between”     Anne Harbers Date: Monday 23 September 2019, 6pm for 6.30pm Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney What did Fanny Macl...

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SEP
04

1276th OGM & open lecture

   “Physicians as public intellectuals: Indonesian  physicians in the Dutch East Indies”   Professor Hans Pols FRSN  Head, School of History  and Philosophy of Science  University of Sydney Date: Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6pm for 6.30Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW Through...

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AUG
14

Poggendorff Lecture 2019

  “Cereal killers: how plant diseases affect food  security”  Professor Robert Park  School of Life and Environmental Sciences  University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 5.30 for 6–7 pmVenue: Level 5 Function Room, Building F23, University of Sydney (new building on left entering from Ci...

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AUG
15

National Science Week 2019: talk 4

Mikhail Prokopenko

  “Computer modelling of epidemics”  Professor Mikhail Prokopenko Thursday 15 August 2019, 6pm for 6.30Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, SydneyCost: $15 for RSNSW Fellows and Members and SMSA members, $20 for othersBooking: here or call 9262 7300 Complex systems – including...

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AUG
15

National Science Week 2019: talk 3

John Harle

  “Machine aesthetics of the human  body”  Dr Josh Harle Thursday 15 August 2019, 12.30pm to 1.30Venue: Mitchell Centre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St., SydneyCost: freeClick here for more information It’s natural for us to see through a human lens. When we look out into the world we see it populated by...

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AUG
13

National Science Week 2019: talk 2

Robert Clancy

  “Unexpected results - Australian  science to 1950”  Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy  AM FRSN Tuesday 13 August 2019, 6pm for 6.30Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt StCost: $15 for RSNSW Fellows and Members and SMSA members, $20 for othersBooking: here or call 9...

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AUG
12

National Science Week 2019: talk 1

Ragbir Bhathal

 “Aboriginal astronomy” Dr Ragbir Bhathal FRSN Monday 12 August 2019, 6pm for 6.30Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, SydneyCost: $15 for RSNSW Fellows and Members and SMSA members, $20 for othersBooking: here or call 9262 7300 For over 60,000 years the Aboriginal peoples of Australia have ...

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AUG
16

UNSW Centre for Ideas event

  “The telomere effect”   Professor Elizabeth Blackburn   AC FAA FRS DistFRSN   Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics   University of California San Francisco Friday 16 August 2019, 6.30pmCity Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney Cost: $35 without discount, $25 for RSNSW Members and Fellows, and for U...

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JUL
23

2019 Dirac Medal and lecture

      “Nothing goes faster than light - usually!”   Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau   Harvard University Date and time: Tuesday 23 July 2019, 6–8pm Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney Cost: free Reservations: here This year’s lecture will explore how Lene and her team have slowed, sto...

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SEP
19

Sci-Fi Series - The future is here.




Sci-Fi Series - The future is here.  Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum (Tasman Light Gallery and Theatre)             2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney This series of lectures, Sci-Fi Series – Future Planet  was presented by a panel of le...

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DEC
31

Calendar of Sydney meetings in 2019

Wednesday 6 February 1270th OGM and open lecture: 2018 Scholarship presentations Evelyn Todd, University of Sydney “Using genetics to improve athletic performance in throughbred horses” Fiona McDougall, Macquarie University “Human-associated bacteria and antibiotic resistance in grey-headed flying foxes” Venue: State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Pla...

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AUG
11

1266th OGM and open lecture

   “The psychology of eyewitness memory”   Professor Richard Kemp   School of Psychology   University of NSW There was also a 3-minute thesis talk by  Hema Umapathy, University of Sydney, on "Fat knees: inflammation of the infrapatellar fat pad and clinical outcomes of the knee" Wednesday 5 September 201...

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SEP
19

European tour: the history of science

map of Europe Tour 2019

Padua – Florence – Paris – London A tour for the Royal Society of NSW in conjunction with the State Library of NSW Foundation Owing to a cancellation, two places are available. 19 September – 4 October 2019 Overview Explore the history of science, from Vesalius in Padua to Galileo in Florence and the flourishing of modern science in Paris and Londo...

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MAR
06

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies

Four societies logos

    “Exciting materials for energy     applications in 2050”    Professor Robin Grimes  Professor of Materials Physics,  Imperial College London,  and Chief Scientific Advisor,  UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Wednesday 14 March 2018UNSW Colombo Theatre Professor Grimes’ talk focused on exci...

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FEB
07

1261st OGM and open lecture

“Precision healthcare – the coming revolution in medicine”   Professor Leslie Burnett  Chief Medical Officer of Genome One  Garvan Institute of Medical Research Wednesday 7 March 2018Union, University & Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Medicine has entered a period of major transformation. Advances in DNA sequencing have led ...

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FEB
06

Learning, adaptation and the Enlightenment: the library

  Paul Brunton OAM   Emeritus Curator   State Library of NSW Thursday 1 March 2018Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney The penal colony of New South Wales was a child of the Enlightenment. It was founded on the belief in personal improvement and progress. It was not a dumping ground for convict...

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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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