Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
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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AUG
12

National Science Week 2019: talk 1

Ragbir Bhathal

 “Aboriginal astronomy” Dr Ragbir Bhathal FRSN Monday 12 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 For over 60,000 years the Aboriginal peoples of Australia have ...

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AUG
16

UNSW Centre for Ideas event

  “The telomere effect”   Professor Elizabeth Blackburn   AC FAA FRS DistFRSN   Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics   University of California San Francisco Friday 16 August 2019, 6.30pmCity Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney Cost: $35 without discount, $25 for RSNSW Members and Fellows, and for U...

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JUL
23

2019 Dirac Medal and lecture

      “Nothing goes faster than light - usually!”   Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau   Harvard University Date and time: Tuesday 23 July 2019, 6–8pm Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney Cost: free Reservations: here This year’s lecture will explore how Lene and her team have slowed, sto...

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SEP
19

Sci-Fi Series - The future is here.




Sci-Fi Series - The future is here.  Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum (Tasman Light Gallery and Theatre)             2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney This series of lectures, Sci-Fi Series – Future Planet  was presented by a panel of le...

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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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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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