Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
MAR
04

1281st OGM and Open Lecture

Soils: the least understood part of science, yet vital for all of us Professor Robin J Batterham AO Kernot Professor of Engineering University of Melbourne Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 6.00pm for 6.30pm Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW (Entrance: Shakespeare Place, Sydney) Entry: $25 for Non-Members, $15 for Fellows, Members and Ass...

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FEB
27

Speaking of Music... The Magic of Solo Violin



Speaking of Music…   The Magic of the Solo Violin Presented by the Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts J S Bach’s solo violin works are regarded as one of the most sublime levels of musical thought in the entire Western canon. 2020 marks the 300th anniversary of these influential works. Interspersed with live performa...

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FEB
20

2018 RSNSW Liversidge Lecture

Royal Society of NSW Liversidge Lecture “The journey from simple polymers to nano-footballs: opportunities for better cancer treatment ” Scientia Professor Martina Stenzel FAA School of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020, 5.30pm for 6.00pm Venue: The Galleries, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney Entry: No charge. The le...

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FEB
12

1280th OGM and Open Lecture

Presentations by the 2019 Royal Society of NSW Scholarship Recipients Emma Austin, University of Newcastle Shyam Balaji, University of Sydney Michael Papanicolao, University of Technology Sydney and the Garvan Institute Thomas Pettit, University of Technology Sydney Please note that the OGM will be held on the second Wednesday of February, rather t...

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JAN
31

Hunter Branch Meeting 2020-1

Mathematics in Industry: Optimisation in Action — Unlocking Value in the Mining, Energy, and Agriculture Industries Professor Ryan Loxton Curtin University of Technology A joint public lecture held as part of the Mathematics in Industry Study Group and supported by the Hunter Branch of the Royal Society of NSW, the University of Newcastle,the Austr...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2020

The 2020 Event Program of the Royal Society of NSW concluded for the year on 9 December 2020. The 2021 Events Program will be posted on this website during January 2021.  This page lists the Calandar of Meetings for the Royal Society of NSW in 2020. Follow the links below for meetings held in Sydney, in Newcastle by the Hunter Branch, and in M...

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NOV
07

RSNSW and the Four Academies Forum 2019

Forum 2019 Governor and Students

Making SPACE for Australia Government House, Sydney 7 November 2019 Report by the Forum Convenors:      Emer. Prof. Roy MacLeod FRSN              and      Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN This year’s Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum devoted to the ...

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DEC
04

1279th OGM, Jak Kelly Award Lecture and Christmas Party

All-integrated mid-infrared laser sources Gayathri Bharathan — Jak Kelly Award Winner (2019) Department of Physics and Astronomy Macquarie University Date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 6.00pm for 6.30pm Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW (Entrance: Shakespeare Place, Sydney) The infrared (IR) part of the electromagnetic spectrum is sub-divide...

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NOV
12

Joint AIP, RSNSW and RACI Open Lecture 2019

   Diamonds and High Pressure Physics    Professor Jodie Bradby    The Australian National University Joint Open Lecture of the Australian Institute of Physics, Royal Society of NSW, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019, 6.30pm Venue: University of Technology Sydney, Building 1 (Broadw...

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NOV
21

Women and Science: Lecture 7

     “An Accidental Astronomer”     Emeritus Professor Anne Green Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019, 6.00pm for 6.30pm Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney An Accidental Astronomer As one of the first women radio astronomers, Anne Green faced unexpected challenges in undertaking panoramic and...

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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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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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