Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
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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FEB
17

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2021

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Role of Nuclear Technology Ms Lenka Kollar  Co-founder, Helixos 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. Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 5.30 for 6.00pm Venue: Engineers ...

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FEB
25

ATSE Chaikin Oration 2021: The looming global food crisis

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The looming global food crisis: challenge and opportunity The Honourable John Anderson AO FTSE  The Chaikin Oration is presented by the NSW Division of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12.40pm (AEDT) Venue: Zoom Webinar (Registration required) Entry: No charge Cost: $20 (includ...

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FEB
18

NSSN Ageing Grand Challenge Forum

“New South Wales Smart Sensing Network Ageing Grand Challenge Forum” Co-hosted by Prof. Ben Eggleton and Prof Justin Gooding, Co-Directors, NSSN Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021, 9.00am – 6.00pm AEDT Venue: Online. Registration through Eventbrite is required.  Enquiries: via email  Entry: No charge All are welcome.    About this...

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JAN
25

Introducing "The Long Enlightenment" from the Royal Societies of Australia

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The Royal Societies of Australia is a national umbrella organisation advocating for all of Australia’s Royal Societies, including the Royal Society of NSW. The Royal Societies of Australia and Halstead Press present a new book by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN on the achievements of Australian scientists, both famous and forgotten, from t...

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DEC
09

1289th OGM and Open Lecture

“Dispelling climate change myths—how ocean physics can help explain surprises in the modern-day climate record” Professor Matthew England FRSN FAAClimate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 9 December, 6.30pm AEST Venue: Zoom Webinar Video Presentation: YouTube Video Venue: Zoom webinar. Click here for help in getting started with ...

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DEC
02

Hunter Branch Meeting 2020-5

“Planetary Health—Safeguarding Health in the Anthropocene Epoch” Professor Tony Capon Professor of Planetary Health and Director, Sustainable Development Institute Monash University Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 6.00pm AEDT Venue: Zoom Webinar Video Presentation:YouTube Video Venue: Zoom webinar. Click here for help in getting started with Zoom...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2021

This page lists the Calendar of Meetings for the Royal Society of NSW in 2021. Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development. Last update: 1 October 2021 Follow the links below for meetings held by the Society in Sydney, in Newcastle by the Hunter Branch, in Mittagong by the Southern Highlands Branch, and in wester...

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NOV
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2020-9

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“Relativity revealed: Einstein’s discoveries, the origin and shape of the universe” Ian Bryce Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 6.30pm AESTVenue: Mittagong RSL, Carrington Room  Enquiries: Hubert Regtop (*) All are welcome (*) This event will be the branch’s first face-to-face event since March.  Due to social distancing requirements, ...

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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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