Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
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

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    “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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JAN
01

Calendar of Sydney meetings in 2018

Monday 5 February SMSA/RSNSW Enlightenment series lecture 3 “Learning, adaptation and the Enlightenment: the museum” Kim McKay AO, Director of the Australian Museum Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts Time: 6 for 6.30pm Wednesday 7 February 1260th OGM and open lecture: 2017 Scholarship presentations Grace Causer, University of Wollongong & ...

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JAN
02

Learning, adaptation and the Enlightenment: the museum

    Kim McKay AO  Director and CEO  The Australian Museum Monday 5 February 2018Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney This was the third in a series of lectures on the theme “Is the Enlightenment dead?” being co-hosted by the Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. Ki...

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JAN
03

1260th OGM and open lecture

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Royal Society of NSW Scholarship Award Winners for 2018 Grace Causer, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong Yu-wei Lin, Advanced Drug Delivery Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney Cara Van Der Wal, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney Wednesday 7 February 2018Union, U...

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NOV
16

1259th OGM and Christmas party

“How to store light: an optical memory based on sound waves”     Moritz Merklein   Department of Physics   University of Sydney   Jak Kelly Award winner for 2017 Wednesday 6 December 2017 Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney The Jak Kelly Award was created in honour of Professor Jak...

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OCT
12

RSNSW/SMSA Joint Lecture Series: Is the Enlightenment dead? Lecture 2

  “The freedom to use your own intelligence:  the Enlightenment and the growth of the  Australian nation”  Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN  School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy  University of Newcastle Monday 6 November 2017Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,...

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OCT
12

2017 Dirac Lecture

Dirac Lecture 2017

“Is it possible to predict the behaviour of closed physical systems? From the solar systems to a quantum computer”   Professor Boris Altshuler  Department of Physics  Columbia University  New York Monday 6 November 2017 Ritchie Theatre, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW The Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physic...

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AUG
26

1256th OGM and open lecture

  "Multisensory music:   listening by ear and eye?"   Dr Helen Mitchell   Sydney Conservatorium of Music   University of Sydney Wednesday 6 September 2017 Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Listening is regarded as the most fundamental way to engage with music performance but this is c...

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AUG
09

Science Week RSNSW Lunchtime Science Talks

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Kathleen Riley
Leslie Burnett
Brynn Hibbert

Four RSNSW  Lunchtme Science Talks as part of Science Week University of Sydney Business School CBD campus, Level 17, Stockland Building, 133 Castlereagh St. Free admission Talk 1 “Smoking and lung cancer: How are we doing?”   Professor John Murray  School of Mathematics and Statistics  University of NSW  https://...

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AUG
19

1246th OGM and public lecture

 “A source of inspiration and delight:  The Mitchell Library”  Richard Neville   Mitchell Librarian and Director, Education &  Scholarship Wednesday 7 September 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney The State Library of New South Wales can trace its history back to 1826. In m...

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AUG
14

2016 Sydney Science Festival lunchtime science talks

Royal Society of New South Wales Sydney Science Festival lunchtime talks More details about the Festival are to be found at: https://sydneyscience.com.au/ Venue: The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus, Level 17, Stockland Building, 133 Castlereagh St.   Talk 1 “Complex Systems and Swarm Intelligence” Professor Mikhail Prokope...

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JUL
07

1245th OGM and public lecture

  “Celebrating the 200th birthday of Royal  Botanic Gardens: a personal history of  57 years of science”  Dr Barbara Briggs   Honorary Research Associate  Royal Botanic Gardens Wednesday 3 August 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney The Royal Society of New South ...

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SEP
02

1235th OGM and open lecture

“Trait-based ecology”   Professor Mark Westoby   Department of Biological Sciences   Macquarie University  NSW Scientist of the Year 2014 Wednesday 2 September 2015Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Ecological strategies summarize the variety of styles that different plant species have ...

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NOV
05

1237th OGM and public lecture

“Big history”   Professor David Christian  Director, The Big History Institute  Macquarie University Wednesday 4 November 2015Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Since the beginnings of human history, taking stories from the past and synthesising them has delivered far more than the sum of the pa...

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FEB
05

1229th Ordinary General Meeting - Scholarship presentations

Royal Society of NSW scholarship winners 2015 Wednesday 4 February 2015Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Melanie LairdSchool of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney Melanie is a University Medallist in her second year of a PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael Thompson, studying reproduction in marsupials. Rut...

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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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