Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
FEB
28

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2024-1

“Parasites, Australia's silent threat: coincidence, nature's hand, or policy complacency”Professor Shokoofeh ShamsiProfessor of Veterinary ParasitologyGulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and EnvironmentCharles Sturt University Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 6.00 — 7.00 pm (AEDT) Venue: Wagga Wagga campus (Riverina Playhouse), Charles Stur...

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MAR
15

1311th OGM and 2022 Student Award Presentations

Shankar Dutt
Clara Chung Ming Liu
Thomas Mesaglio
Anyang Zhao

Royal Society of NSW 2022 Student Award Presentations Shankar Dutt, ANUClara Liu Chung Ming, UTS Thomas Mesaglio, UNSW SydneyAnyang Zhao, ANU  Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 6.30 pm AEDT Video presentation: YouTube video All are welcome Click here to join the Zoom webinar onWednesday 15 March at 6.30pm --> The evening’s program comprises...

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FEB
21

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2024

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Vince Di Pietro

Resilience before Readiness — “... for the want of a horseshoe nail” Vince Di Pietro AM CSC FRSN FRAeS FAICDIndependent Consultant and former Commodore, Royal Australian Navy A joint meeting of the Australian Institute of Energy, the Australian Nuclear Association, Engineers Australia, and RSNSW, kindly supported by Academy Travel. Date: Wednesday,...

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MAR
10

RSNSW 2023 Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards

  Date: Friday 10 March 2023, 6.30 for 7.00 pm AEDT  Venue and times:  Sydney Modern, Art Gallery of NSW All are welcome This year's Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards will be held in Sydney Modern, the brand-new building at the Art Gallery of New South Wales designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima...

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MAR
02

Ideas@theHouse: March 2023

Dr John Vallance

Ideas@theHousepresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW “Aristotle on life and thought in the sub-lunary sphere”Dr John Vallance FRSN FAHAState Librarian of NSW Date: Thursday, 2 March 2023, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Live streamed from Government House SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube video Society Members and Fel...

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FEB
19

Hunter Branch Meeting 2024-1

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“Exploring the Holographic” Dr Martina MrongoviusArtist and Designer Date: Monday, 19 February 2024, 6.30 pm (AEDT), followed by a social event until 8.30 pm Registration:  Registration is required by 5.00 pm on Friday 16 February 2024 through Membes. Max: 50 peopleVenue:  Hunter Theatre, Cameron Street, Broadmeadows, NSW 2292Entry: ...

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FEB
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2024-1

“Ten novels that changed the world”Susannah Fullerton OAM FRSNAuthor, Literary Lecturer, and Tour Leader Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Literature has always had the power to change – just think of the impact of the King James Bible, Darwin’s On the Origi...

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FEB
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-1

“A comprehensive review of the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines” Dr Phillip Altman Date: Thursday, 16 February 2022, 6.00 pm AEDT Venue: RSL Moss vale (venue changed from the Mittagong RSL) All are welcome Dr Phillip Altman is a well-known Australian authority on clinical trials and regulatory affairs with more than 40 years of experience i...

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FEB
01

1310th OGM and Open Lecture

“Drones, Smart Munitions, and Cyberspace: the 21st Century Defence of Ukraine and its implications for Australia” Major General (Retd) Fergus (Gus) McLachlan AO &Colonel (Retd) Andrew Condon CSC   Date: Wednesday, 1 February 2023, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Entry: Society me...

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FEB
07

1319th OGM and Open Lecture

“Productivity: what is it, and why it matters”Emeritus Professor Roy Green AM FRSNSpecial Innovation AdvisorUniversity of Technology Sydney Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Metcalfe Theatre, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney Video Presentation: YouTube VideoAll are welcome Please click here to reg...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2023

Events Calendar for 2023 Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development.Most recent update: 20 September 2023 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 Western NSW by the Western NSW Branch. Sydney Meeti...

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DEC
07

1309th OGM and Open Lecture

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“Harnessing solar energy through catalysis to make chemicals and fuel”Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC FRSN FAA FTSEScientia Professor of EngineeringSchool of Chemical EngineeringUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube presentatio...

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NOV
30

RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2021

“A plant breeder’s perspective on food security and climate change”Professor Richard TrethowanProfessor of Plant BreedingDirector, Plant Breeding InstituteSydney Institute of AgricultureUniversity of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 4.00 – 6.00 pm AEDT  Venue: Ground Floor Auditorium, Michael Spence Building (F23), Corner, Eastern Ave...

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NOV
23

1308th OGM and 2021 Pollock Memorial Lecture

“Most of our universe is missing!: Adventures in the dark side of the cosmos”Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSWProfessor of AstrophysicsSydney Institute of AstronomyUniversity of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube vid...

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NOV
17

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-10

“Green Steel” Dr Samane MaroufiCentre for Sustainable Materials, Research and TechnologyUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Dr Maroufi’s field of research is high temperature metallurgical processes and iron-steel making to develop new science and...

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NOV
16

2022 Linnean Society of NSW Natural History Field Symposium

“Natural History of the Northeastern Sydney Basin”Call for Presentations and Early Registration Dates: Wednesday/Thursday 16–17 November (oral presentations), Friday 18 November (field trip)  Venue: Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High Street, Hornsby (oral presentations), Kuring-gai Chase National Park, West Head (field trip) Registration:  Register...

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NOV
14

Joint RSNSW-Law Society of NSW Public Lecture

“The US Supreme Court: A Rogue Court in a Fragile Democracy” Linda GreenhouseSenior Research Scholar, Yale Law School     andPresident, American Philosophical Society Date: Monday, 14 November 2022, 9.00 am  AEST Venue: Webinar Entry:  No charge All are welcome A joint public lecture presented by the Royal Society of NSW an...

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NOV
03

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2022

  RESHAPING AUSTRALIA: COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Dates: Thursday 3 November 2022, 9.30 am–5.30 pm AEDT Venue: YouTube live streaming from Government House Sydney Video presentation: YouTube playlist Brochure: Complete document comprising the program, abstracts, and speaker biographies The Royal Society of New South Wales and the Learned Acade...

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OCT
25

ATSE ACTIVATE Conference 2022

ACTIVATE: A tech-powered human-driven future Dates: 25–27 October 2022  Venue: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney and live streaming Cost: See the registration formRegistration: Through EventsAir A STEM symposium presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering at the Sydney Masonic Centre 25-27 October 2022...

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OCT
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-9

“Judging a Jest: Humour and Censorship” Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSNHonorary Research AssociateUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 20 October 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Of all types of humour, satire is the one that most often falls foul of the law. Since by definition it sets...

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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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