Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
FEB
04

1240th OGM and public lecture

Note: the OGM number 1239 is not used for administrative reasons. Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarship presentations The scholarship winners with the President of the Royal Society of NSW, Dr Donald HectorL-R: Yevgeny Stadnik, Adam Dudek, Don Hector, Charles Forster Wednesday 3 February 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street...

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APR
07

1242nd OGM, AGM and public lecture

   “Royal Society of NSW – relevance in the 21st   century”   Dr Donald Hector FRSN   President Wednesday 6 April 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Donald Hector was President of the Royal Society of NSW for four years from 2012 to 2016. This is an excerpt from his ...

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MAR
03

1241st OGM and public lecture

“How to win an IgNobel Prize and other adventures in communicating science”   Dr Len Fisher  Visiting Fellow in Physics,  University of Bristol Wednesday 2 March 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney This talk in a fun and interesting way was about how scientists go about their work. In 1999, D...

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FEB
23

Four Societies Meeting 2006

"A cradle-to-grave concept for Australia's uranium" The February meeting of the Royal Society of NSW was the annual meeting of the four Societies: The Royal Society of New South Wales, The Australian Institute of Energy, Australian Nuclear Association and Engineers Australia (NUC Engineering Panel). Speaker: Dr Clarence Hardy, Secretary ANA, Vice-P...

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OCT
06

1139th General Monthly Meeting


"TB: controlling the old scourge" Professor Warwick Britton, Head, Mycobacterial Research GroupCentenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, University of Sydney Wednesday 5 October 2005, 6 pm for 6.30 Conference Room 1, Darlington Centre, City Road ABSTRACT Nine million people contract tuberculosis every year and two million die. Over 9...

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SEP
08

The 2005 Clarke Memorial Lecture & 1138th General Monthly Meeting

"The quickening: beginning of animal life on Earth" Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich, Monash University Wednesday 7 September 2005, 6 pm for 6.30 Conference Room 1, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney ABSTRACT Four places in the world have yielded a most spectacular record of animal life prior to the time when shells and skeletons appeared - all...

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FEB
28

Four Societies Lecture 2014


Thursday, 27 February 2014"Questions of power in NSW"Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer At the annual Four Societies Lecture, Professor Mary O'Kane considered the major questions that face NSW in the future of energy production and utilisation. Asking the right questions is key – it reduces the time taken to identify the best s...

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SEP
04

1225th Ordinary General Meeting


"The fourth dimension and beyond - the paradox of working in unimaginable worlds"Emeritus Scientia Professor Ian Sloan AO FRSNDate: Wednesday 3 September 2014 Professor Ian Sloan is not content to work in an environment of four dimensions – he is quite at home in space with many more dimensions than most of us are accustomed to. Many mathemati...

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OCT
02

1226th Ordinary General Meeting


"Australia's most spectacular environmental rehabilitation project: Phillip Island, Pacific Ocean"Dr Peter CoynDate: Wednesday, 1 October 2014 Perched atop a submerged seamount, in turn atop a submarine ridge, Phillip Island and its close neighbour Norfolk Island are tiny specks, the only land in a vast expanse (2.5 million square kilometres) ...

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MAY
08

Annual awards evening and dinner 2014

Back row: Benjamin Eggleton, Jerome Vanclay, Richard Banati, Ian Dawes, John Gascoigne. Front row: Aibing Yu, Ian Sloan, Judith Wheeldon, Donald Hector (President), Heinrich Hora, Merlin Crossley, Trevor Hambley

Left to right: Assoc Prof David Wilson, President Dr Donald Hector, Prof Brien Holden and Prof Michelle Simmons DistFRSN.

On Wednesday 7 May, the annual awards evening and annual dinner was held at the Union University and Schools Club in Sydney. The dinner was extremely well attended and the address by Professor Barry Jones AC FAA FACE FAHA FASSA FTSE DistFRSN on the attack on the scientific method stimulated a lot of discussion. During the evening, the Society's 201...

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MAY
08

Distinguished Fellow's Lecture 2014

Prof Barry Jones AC DistFRSN delivers the second Royal Society of NSW Distinguished Fellow's Lecture.

The Society was proud to have Professor Barry Jones AC DistFRSN present the second annual Distinguished Fellow's Lecture at the Society's annual dinner on Wednesday 7 May 2014. Professor Jones is the only person to be a Fellow of all four of Australia's learned Academies.

NOV
05

1176th Ordinary General Meeting

"The real significance of hobbits: hominid biogeography in South East Asia" Professor Michael J. Morwood, Professor in Archaeology, School of Earth and Environmental Studies, University of Wollongong Wednesday 4 November 2009 at 7 pm Conference Room 1, Darlington Centre, University of Sydney In 2004 Professor Mike Morwood led the team that found th...

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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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