Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
SEP
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-8

“Scattering neutrons to explore the materials found on the dwarf planets of our solar system”  Dr Helen Maynard-CaselySenior Instrument Scientist, ANSTO Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Our solar system contains a great array of small planetary bodie...

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SEP
07

1306th OGM and Open Lecture

“Is Fairweather an Australian artist? And does it matter?” Claire Roberts FAHA (1)     in conversation with Nicholas Jose (2)(1) Associate Professor of Art History, University of Melbourne(2) Novelist and Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar. Video p...

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AUG
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-7

“The cycle of rainfall in Eastern NSW”  Professor Michael AstenandProfessor Ken McCracken Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Michael Asten and Ken McCracken will present evidence for an 80-year on-off cycle in extreme rainfall and flood events in the Hawk...

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AUG
11

2022 Ben Haneman Lecture

“Virus on the march? Military model and metaphor in the COVID-19 pandemic” Professor Warwick Anderson FRSN FAHA FASSA FAHMSProfessor of HistoryUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm AEST  Venue: Friends Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney Registration:  Registration th...

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AUG
04

[email protected]: August 2022

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

[email protected] byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW “Manufacturing at the Atomic Scale”Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSEScientia Professor, UNSW SydneyDirector, ARC Centre of Excellence (CQC2T)Founder, Silicon Quantum Computing Date: Thursday, 4 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Live-streamed from ...

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AUG
03

1305th OGM and Open Lecture

“Marsupials: Their secrets are all in their genes!” Professor Kathy Belov AO FRSN FAA (1)     andDr Elizabeth Deane FRSN (2) (1) Professor of Comparative Genomics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Sydney(2) Education Consultant Date: Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom webinarVideo presen...

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JUL
28

Hunter Branch Meeting 2022-3

“The Intersection between Science and Law” Dr Xanthé MallettAssociate Professor of CriminologyUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday, 28 July 2022, 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm AEST  Venue:  Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle NSW 2300Entry:  Free + an option to register for dinner at $95 (incl GST) per head following the lecture Dr...

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JUL
21

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-6

“The Rise of Fragility and Poor Mental Health in our Youth: Where are we going wrong?” Clare RoweEducational and Developmental PsychologistRowe and Associates Child and Family Psychology Date: Thursday, 21 July 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexander Room (1st Floor) All are welcome Summary: In order to combat the steep rise of ment...

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JUL
06

1304th OGM and Open Lecture

“This is going to be different: Learning to live with Chinese Power” Professor Hugh White AO FASSAEmeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, Australian National University Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Video recording: YouTube video All are welcome Summary:&n...

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JUN
24

Pamela Griffith Exhibition-Art and Nature

“Art and Nature” Pamela Griffith FRSNSydney Artist and Printmaker Date: 24 June – 5 July 2022 — Opening Sunday, 26 June 2–4pm (Speaker: Dr Saul Griffith) Venue: Broadhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea Southern Sydney painter and printmaker Pamela Griffith has traversed Australia to observe living creatures in their natu...

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JAN
09

RSNSW Exhibition: NEXUS 2022 — CLOSED ON 30 JUNE

Jean Garling RoomMitchell Building, State Library of NSW1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney EXHIBITION NOW OPEN Opening Hours: Monday 2-5 pm; Thursday 2-5 pm; Saturday 2-5; Sunday 2-5 pm until 30 June 2022 About the Exhibition: This Exhibition begins a year of celebrations to mark the Society’s contributions to the intellectual life of NSW over 200 ye...

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JUN
24

RSNSW 200th Anniversary Dinner

  Date: Friday 24 June 2022  Venue and times:  Chau Chak Wing Museum (pre-dinner drinks) 6–7 pm followed by dinner (7–10 pm) in the Great Hall, The University of SydneyDress: Black tie and decorations All are welcome The Society’s bicentennial year is culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 24 June 2022 when we gather to celebrate ...

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JUN
21

Joint AIP, RACI, RSNSW, and ANSTO Presentation

“Big Science of Gen IV Power Reactors” Dr Mark HoReactor Heat Transfer Specialist, ANSTOVice-President, Australian Nuclear Association Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 7.00 pm AEST  Venue: Hybrid—ANSTO Discovery Centre, Lucas Heights NSW and live streaming (link sent on the day of the event)Enquiries: 02 9717 3090 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

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JUN
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-5

“From the RNA world to building an RNA ecosystem” Professor Pall ThordarsonDirector, UNSW RNA InstituteUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 16 June 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: The RNA world idea within the origin of life field centres around the observation that the RNA molecule can do both: carry information (e.g....

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JUN
10

RSNSW Clarke Memorial Lecture 2021

“The changing tide of human populations: an infertility trap” John Aitken FRSE FRSN FAA FAHMSDistinguished Emeritus Laureate Professor School of Environmental and Life SciencesUniversity of Newcastle   Date: Friday 10 June 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm AEST Venue: The University Conservatorium, Laman Street, Cooks Hill, NewcastleVideo presentat...

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JUN
01

1303rd OGM and Open Lecture

“Federalism, borders, and National Cabinet — What has the pandemic taught us?” Professor Anne Twomey AOProfessor of Constitutional LawSydney Law School, University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Video presentation: YouTube video All are welcom...

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MAY
19

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-4

“Longer life and fertility: the promise of ageing research” Dr Lindsay WuNH&MRC Senior Research FellowUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room Summary: The dream of a “fountain of youth” can be found across diverse cultures dating back thousands of years. Today, scientists are studyin...

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MAY
18

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2022-2

“Making a living on the plains — Stone tools and archaeology of Aboriginal societies” Dr Colin Pardoe FRSN MAIATSISBiological Anthropologist and Archaeologist Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 12.00 pm AEST  Venue:  Wal Fife Lecture Theatre (Building 14, Room 212),Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga Campus) and live-streaming by ZoomVideo p...

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MAY
11

 RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2020

Professor Angela Moles

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022, Time 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm AEST  Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Palm House, Mrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney Video presentation: YouTube video. The Poggendorff Lecture: The Royal Society of NSW and UNSW (Sydney) are pleased to present the Society’s Poggendorff Lecture. The Poggendorff Lecture, which is awarded p...

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MAY
04

RSNSW Liversidge Lecture 2020

“Drug Discovery Inspired by Natural Products ” Professor Richard J Payne FRSN FRSC FRACIProfessor of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, The University of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, Time 6.00–8.00 pm AEST. Doors open at 5.45 pm. Drinks and canapés follow the lecture. Venue:  Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium (D17), University...

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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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