Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
OCT
05

1307th OGM and Open Lecture

“The Global Economy and Australia's Outlook: Geoff Harcourt's contribution to the theory of productivity growth” Dr Don Russell (1)Ms Jane Drake-Brockman (2)Emeritus Professor Robert Marks FRSN (3) 1. Chair, AustralianSuper2. Visiting Fellow, University of Adelaide3. Emeritus Professor, UNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT&nb...

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OCT
12

Joint RSNSW-University of Sydney Business School Public Lecture—CANCELLED

“A New Way to Wealth: The Role of Social Response Capitalism” Bruce Piasecki PhDNew York Times Bestselling Author andFounder of AHC Group, Inc. The Society and the University of Sydney Business School regret to announce the cancellation of this lecture. Everyone who registered through the University of Sydney registration site will be notified acco...

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SEP
20

In memory of Emeritus Professor Robin King

“Our respects to Emeritus Professor Robin KingFRSN FTSE HonFIEAust CPEng (Ret)”A hybrid memorial event organised by Engineers Australia Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022, 6.00 – 8.30 pm  AEST Venue: Engineers Australia Sydney Office, Mezzanine Floor, 44 Market Street, Sydney or online webinar (Engineers Australia Webex) All are welcome Please j...

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JUL
02

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum University of Sydneyon weekends 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm from Saturday 1 July 2022until Sunday 25 September 2022 As part of our 200-year celebrations, the Chau Chak Wing Museum (CCW Museum) at the University of Sydney has curated a display of Society-related objects from the Macleay Collecti...

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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

Ideas@theHouse: August 2022

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

Ideas@theHousepresented 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:  No charge Society Members, Fellows, and members of the public are welcome Please register n...

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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, 6–7 pm (pre-dinner drinks), 7–10 pm (dinner) Venue and times:  Chau Chak Wing Museum (6–7 pm), Great Hall (7–10 pm), 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 the...

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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 All are welcome Register now --> A joint presentation by the Australian Institute of Physics...

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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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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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