Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
AUG
09

Science Week RSNSW Lunchtime Science Talks

John Murray
Kathleen Riley
Leslie Burnett
Brynn Hibbert

Four RSNSW  Lunchtme Science Talks as part of Science Week University of Sydney Business School CBD campus, Level 17, Stockland Building, 133 Castlereagh St. Free admission Talk 1 “Smoking and lung cancer: How are we doing?”   Professor John Murray  School of Mathematics and Statistics  University of NSW  https://...

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SEP
08

2016 Dirac Lecture

  “Dark matter in the universe”  The Dirac Lecture and award of the Dirac Medal  Duffield Professor Kenneth Freeman FRS  Australian National University Thursday 13 October 2016Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW The Dirac Medal is based on rules established in 1990 by the then Vice Chancellor of t...

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AUG
19

1246th OGM and public lecture

 “A source of inspiration and delight:  The Mitchell Library”  Richard Neville   Mitchell Librarian and Director, Education &  Scholarship Wednesday 7 September 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney The State Library of New South Wales can trace its history back to 1826. In m...

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AUG
14

2016 Sydney Science Festival lunchtime science talks

Royal Society of New South Wales Sydney Science Festival lunchtime talks More details about the Festival are to be found at: https://sydneyscience.com.au/ Venue: The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus, Level 17, Stockland Building, 133 Castlereagh St.   Talk 1 “Complex Systems and Swarm Intelligence” Professor Mikhail Prokope...

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JUL
07

1245th OGM and public lecture

  “Celebrating the 200th birthday of Royal  Botanic Gardens: a personal history of  57 years of science”  Dr Barbara Briggs   Honorary Research Associate  Royal Botanic Gardens Wednesday 3 August 2016Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney The Royal Society of New South ...

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AUG
06

2015 Clarke Lecture

"From the Solar Nebula to the Deep Earth – a Geological Journey"   Professor Bill Griffin  Distinguished Professor of Geochemistry,  Macquarie University Date: Thursday 6 August 2015 Venue: Building Y3A, Theatre 1, Macquarie University Bill will tell the story of the journey to the surface of the remarkable rocks ...

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SEP
01

Dirac Lecture 2015

“Quantum entanglement and superconductivity”   Professor Subir Sachdev   Professor of Physics, Harvard University Held in conjunction with UNSW and the Australian Institute of Physics Tuesday 1 September 2015John B. Reid Theatre, AGSM Building, UNSW Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance". Entanglement is a counter-intu...

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SEP
02

1235th OGM and open lecture

“Trait-based ecology”   Professor Mark Westoby   Department of Biological Sciences   Macquarie University  NSW Scientist of the Year 2014 Wednesday 2 September 2015Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Ecological strategies summarize the variety of styles that different plant species have ...

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NOV
05

1237th OGM and public lecture

“Big history”   Professor David Christian  Director, The Big History Institute  Macquarie University Wednesday 4 November 2015Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Since the beginnings of human history, taking stories from the past and synthesising them has delivered far more than the sum of the pa...

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FEB
05

1229th Ordinary General Meeting - Scholarship presentations

Royal Society of NSW scholarship winners 2015 Wednesday 4 February 2015Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney Melanie LairdSchool of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney Melanie is a University Medallist in her second year of a PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael Thompson, studying reproduction in marsupials. Rut...

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FEB
26

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2016

  “Australian energy policy”  Professor Robert Clark AO FAA DistFRSN  Chair of Energy Strategy and Policy, UNSW Thursday 25 February 2016 Hamilton and Parkes Rooms, Level 47, MLC Centre, King and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney Professor Robert Clark has had a distinguished career, having headed a research group in experim...

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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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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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