Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Society Fellows awarded 2020 NSW Premier's Science and Engineering Prizes

NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering 2020Four Society Fellows have been recognised at the NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering, with Professor Edward Holmes FRSN FAA FRS, of the University of Sydney, being awarded the 2020 NSW Scientist of the Year.

In the other awards, Professor Suzanne O’Reilly AM FRSN FAA of Macquarie University received the Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics; Professor Merlin Crossley FRSN of UNSW Sydney was a joint recipient of the Prize for Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences; while Professor Ewa Goldys FRSN FTSE of UNSW Sydney received the Prize for Leadership in Innovation in NSW.

Professor Holmes was recognised for his 30 years of research into the emergence, evolution and spread of viruses, with a focus on how viruses can jump species and manifest as epidemics and pandemics. However, as is reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 October 2020, he came to international prominence in becoming the first to publish the genome sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on 5 January 2020, following communication with a colleague in China. It was this act that triggered the release of genome sequencing data from China, and the start of research efforts to understand the virus, develop rapid testing, and commence the development of vaccines.

In speaking with the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Holmes spoke of the “tremendous honour to receive this award, which is built on the hard work of my team and collaborators over many years”, noting that he was “so thankful and proud to be living in a state and country in which the science has been listened to and used to help build such an effective response to COVID-19.” Commenting in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Chief Scientist and Engineer of NSW, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte said “Professor Holmes’ early identification of the devastating potential of the coronavirus cannot be overstated”.

Professor Holmes receives $60,000 as prize money, with category winners each receiving $5,000.

For further information and background, please read the article on the Australian Academy of Science website and in the Sydney Morning Herald


Society Fellows as Finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Logo A number of Society Fellows are amongst the Finalists of the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Awards—the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. Presented annually in partnership with some of the nation’s leading scientific institutions, government organisations, universities and corporations, the Eureka Prizes raise the profile of science and science engagement in the community by celebrating outstanding achievement.

Amongst the finallists in this year’s Prizes are:

  •  Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE of the University of Sydney — nominated 2020 Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia
  • Professor Maria Kavallaris AM FRSN of UNSW Sydney and the Children’s Cancer Institute and Professor Robert Park FRSN of the University of Sydney — each nominated for the 2020 CSIRO Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science
  • Professor Karu Esselle FRSN — nominated for the 2020 University of Technology Sydney Eureka Prize For Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

The Awards will be announced at an online ceremony on the evening of 24 November 2020.


Events since September 2020 now on YouTube

Collage of the RSNSW Seal, Professor John Rasko, Rrofessor Sandra Lynch and Professor Huw PriceEvents held online since early September 2020 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel

These are the lecture presented at the1286th Ordinary General Meeting by Professor John Rasko AO (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Centenary Institute, University of Sydney) on the evening of 2 September, the Southern Highland Branch lecture presented by Adjunct Professor  Sandra Lynch on the evening of 17 September, and the lecture present by Professor Huw Price FRSN FBA FAHA (Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge) on the evening of 7 October 2020.

In September, Professor Rasko spoke about the “The Dawn of Molecular Medicine—Gene Therapy: past, present and future” while Professor Lynch discussed “Philosophical Ethics in Schools: Plan and Paradox”.  In October, Professor Price, together with colleagues Associate Professor Kristie Miller and Professor Alex Holcombe of the University of Sydney Centre for Time, addressed the question of  “Where now for the study of time?”

All online events conducted recently by the Society are available on YouTube and are accessible from the Presentation and Forum pages of the Society’s website.


Distinguished Fellowship awarded to Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart

Sir Fraser Stoddart The Council of the Royal Society of NSW is delighted to announce the awarding of a Distinguished Fellowship to Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart FRS DistFRSN FRSE FRSC. The honour Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales is a prestigious award, limited to 25 living awardees at any time, that recognises internationally-distinguished contributors to science, art, literature, or philosophy.

Sir Fraser is a Scottish-born chemist who shared the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (BSc 1964, PhD 1967), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of London, and since 1997 he has worked in the USA, most recently at Northwestern University. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Sir Fraser has been awarded many prizes and fellowships including the Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2007), Davy Medal of the Royal Society (2008) and membership of the National Academy of Sciences (USA, 2014).

In 2017, Sir Fraser joined UNSW, Sydney to realise his “New Chemistry” initiative. Visiting each year Fraser gives lectures to faculty and students and collaborates on a range of exciting chemistry projects involving the manipulation of molecules to effect devices such as switches, sensors and motors.

To read further about the achievements of Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, please visit the Distinguished Fellows page of this website.


Distinguished Fellow, Michelle Simmons, appointed to the CSIRO Board

Professor Michelle SimmonsQuantum physicist, former Australian of the Year in 2018, and Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons of UNSW Sydney, has been appointed to the Board of CSIRO for a five-year term. Professor Simmons, who is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, joins the board at a critical time for the science agency, being brought on board the national science agency to help steer the organisation in the COVID response and economic recovery.

In commenting on her appointment, Professor Simmons said that “Australia’s future will be underpinned by the quality of our science and our capacity to nurture science-based industries. CSIRO plays a pivotal role in these respects.”



Changing of the guard at the Society's Hunter Branch

Professor George WillisProfessor George Willis FRSN FAA, an ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Newcastle, has joined the Council of the Royal Society of NSW as the representative of the Hunter Branch.  This follows the decision by Emerita Professor Eugenie Lumbers AM FRSN FAA to step down from the Council, although continuing on as Secretary of the Hunter Branch.

Professor Willis, who is Treasurer of the Hunter Branch, was born in 1954 in Adelaide and lived there for the next 23 years. Growing up, he enjoyed bushwalking, fishing, science, reading and learning, and he was inspired by the Apollo program. His studies led to a BSc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, received in 1977, and then to research in mathematics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, for which he was awarded a PhD in 1981. Following postdoctoral positions at universities in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, he moved to Newcastle, Australia, in 1992 to be a lecturer in mathematics. He married Catherine in 1979 and they have one daughter.

George finds it enormously satisfying that — by using logic and imagination in powerful, and often beautiful and unexpected ways — mathematics extends our brains’ natural capabilities to new domains. His work uses algebraic methods in combination with precise formulations of intuition about space, symmetry, randomness, approximation and continuity. He has discovered fundamental structure in, and produced new insights about, (potentially) infinite networks, of which family trees and data structures are examples.

Currently an ARC Laureate Fellow, George is extending his exploration of network symmetry with a team of students and postdoctoral fellows. He continues to enjoy learning and now, in addition to learning from his own experience, he sees the world through the eyes of his grandsons as well.


Point Counterpoint: Gas as a Transition Fuel

Gas image The Society is pleased to introduce Point Counterpoint, a new section in its Journal and Proceedings through which scientific debate and disagreement on topics of broad societal interest can be aired and documented.

The first in this series deals with the role of Gas as a Transition Fuel in Australia's and the world's energy systems. In Australia, current debate on this topic commenced with the address to the National Press Club on 12 February 2020 by the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, on “Planned obsolescence — managing the transition to an electric planet”. 

Eventually, this talk led to the debate and disagreement that is recorded in this issue of the Journal.  Here there are five pieces, for and against the role of natural gas as a transition fuel on the road to a renewable future  A number of these contributions have been published in the mainstream media and are reproduced here with the permission of the authors and the publishers.  They include:

 We hope that you will derive benefit from reading Point Counterpoint.


Postponement of [email protected] (September 2020)

Royal Society of NSWRegrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been necessary to postpone the second in [email protected] series to be presented jointly by Our Patron, Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW and the Royal Society of NSW on the evening of 22 September 2020. 

As soon as circumstances permit, the event will be rescheduled and members and friends of the Society will be notified by email and this website.


Nominate a colleague for a Society Award

RSNSW SealNominations closed on 30 September 2020.

Now is your chance to nominate a colleague or friend who you believe is eligible for a Royal Society of NSW Award.

You have the opportunity to nominate a high achiever for the Society’s prestigious prizes for excellence in science, technology, engineering, maths, agriculture, history, philosophy and the betterment of human society.  These are awarded regularly by your Society, Australia’s oldest learned society. One of these awards, the Clarke Medal and Lectureship, has been given continuously since the time of Charles Darwin. These awards recognise outstanding achievement by Australians in their chosen field. Nominations for these Awards are also being sought from all universities in Australia, as well as from major Australian research institutions.

Nominations for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations are also now sought from Society Members and Fellows. These awards are for exceptional service to the Society, with the Medal being for meritorious contributions to the Society’s administration, organisation, and endeavours.

In 2020, nominations are sought for the:
Archibald Ollé Prize, Clarke Medal, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, James Cook Medal, Poggendorff Lectureship, Royal Society of NSW Scholarships, and Warren Prize.

Nominations are alsofor the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions, by a Member or Fellow, to the work of the Society.

Information about all the Awards, and instructions for making nominations can be found in the ‘Awards’ section of the Society’s website. Click on the Award name in the drop-down list under the ‘Awards’ menu to find details of each.

Nominations close on 30 September 2020 and should be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all Awards other than the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, neither the nominator nor the nominee needs to be a Member or Fellow of the Society.


August 2020 Events now on YouTube

Peter Radoll and Science Week 2020 events--The Covid Curve in Context and the Periodic TableEvents held online during August 2020 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  These are the lecture presented at the1285th Ordinary General Meeting by Professor Peter Radoll (University of Canberra) on the evening of 5 August, and two presentations for Science Week 2020 by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy and Emeritus Brynn Hibbert, respectively on the evenings of 18 and 20 August.    

Professor Radoll spoke about “Growing Black Tall Poppies”, Professor Clancy discussed the “The COVID Curve in Context”, and Professor Hibbert discussed “The Periodic Table:   a medley of haphazard facts falling into line and order”.  

All online events conducted recently by the Society are available on YouTube and are accessible from the Presentation and Forum pages of the Society’s website.


Vale Professor Richard Stanton - Distinguished Fellow of the Society

Professor Richard Stanton The Society is saddened to learn of the death of one of its Distinguished Fellows, Professor Richard Stanton AO DistFRSN FAA, on 25 August 2020 at the age of 94. Richard Limon Stanton was a distinguished economic geologist.

Born in 1926, he completed his BSc degree at New England University College, University of Sydney (later to become the University of New England) and subsequently worked in mineral exploration in mines in Broken Hill, far north Queensland and Burraga.

After a teaching fellowship at the University of Sydney, where he completed his MSc and PhD, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University of Ontario, he became Professor of Geology at the University of New England, Armidale from 1975 to 1986, and subsequently Emeritus Professor. He was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, elected in 1975 for his original contributions to the genesis of ore deposits. Richard Stanton’s subsequent achievements focused on mineral exploration. He recognised the role of volcanism and sedimentation in the formation of new ore deposits, and the physics and chemistry involved in the concentration of copper, zinc and lead in volcanic lavas. This is documented in his numerous publications and books, including Ore Petrology, The Precursor Principle, and Ore Elements in Arc Lavas.

Professor Stanton was the Royal Society and Nuffield Foundation Bursar at Imperial College London and the University of Durham in 1964 and won a Fulbright Award in 1966. He won the Goldfields Gold Medal of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (London) in 1976 and the William Smith Medal of the Geological Society (London) in 1987. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (London) in 1984 and was Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Science from 1989 to 1990. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1991, and was awarded the W. R. Browne Medal of the Geological Society of Australia in 1990, the Penrose Medal of the Society of Economic Geologists in 1993, and the Haddon Forrester King Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 1998.

Professor Stanton joined the Royal Society of NSW on 27 July 1949 and was one of its longest standing members. During his career, he received several awards from the Royal Society of New South Wales, including the Olle Prize in 1972, the Society’s Medal in 1973, and the Clarke Medal in 1998, and he presented the Clarke Memorial Lecture in 1985. He was made an inaugural Fellow of the Society in 2009 and was elevated to Distinguished Fellowship in 2012. Also, he was instrumental in the successful operation, and served as a long-standing chair, of the New England Branch of the Society. He was honoured for his achievements by becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996.


Society Fellows and Members "In the News"

In the NewsFrom time to time, the Society and its Fellows and Members are mentioned, or are published, in the media, or in other sources or outlets. The Society is pleased to inform readers that summaries of such mentions, together with links either to the original sources, or to news items that include links to original sources, are now published on the In the News page, accessible in the Events/News menu or under the heading Noteworthy on the home page sidebar.  We hope that you find this compilation to be informatative and of interest.  


Stewardship of Country: a national seminar series from the Royal Societies of Australia

Stewardship of Country imageThe Society is pleased to announce this forthcoming series of three webinars to be presented by the Royal Societies of Australia during October–December 2020. Stewardship of Country provides an opportunity to exchange views with knowledgeable practitioners and experts in a national conversation on managing Australia’s most valuable resource – its landscape.

Stewardship of Country will examine issues relating to the long-term management of Australia’s landscape. It creates an opportunity to discuss and identify immediate and long-term goals for responsible and improved engagement with country, and to define possible solutions for common areas of concern as we plan for an unpredictable future.

Stewardship of Country is envisioned as three virtual events. The first will focus on where we are now, setting the scene across a range of disciplinary areas, the second on available and potential mechanisms and strategies, and the third on practical ways to bring the multidisciplinary threads together and achieve our goals of sustainable improvements to landscape management.

Stewardship of Country is envisaged as three virtual events. The first will focus on where we are now, setting the scene across a range of disciplinary areas, the second on available and potential mechanisms and strategies, and the third on practical ways to bring the multidisciplinary threads together and achieve our goals of sustainable improvements to landscape management.

The series will consider a broad range of themes including sustainable land use, regenerative agriculture practice, what can be achieved with our soils, the future of Australia’s climate and the importance of local and Indigenous knowledge with an emphasis on policy change informed by science.

The goal of Stewardship of Country is to create positive change and build a holistic platform on which to develop resilience in agriculture and land use and define best practice in research, education and the use of new technologies. It aims to bridge Indigenous, agricultural, environmental and civic perspectives.

Information about the speakers and how to register will be published as an event notice on this website in coming weeks.  



Governor presents 2019 Society Awards

2019 RSNSW Award winners at the Government House Presentation Ceremony - August 2020The Society was delighted that its Patron, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW, was able to present the Society’s 2019 Awards at a special ceremony in the Ballroom at Government House on Thursday, 13 August. The awards were unable to be presented at this year’s Annual Dinner, which had been held virtually, because of the current pandemic.

The ceremony was necessarily conducted under unusual conditions. The guests were limited in number and were seated according to the four square metre rule. The Governor passed the medals and certificates to the recipients across a suitably-sized table.

In her remarks, The Governor spoke appreciatively of the Society’s role in the intellectual life of New South Wales. She said how pleased she was to be able to present the awards at this time as it was the first major presentation event held at Government House since March because of the pandemic.

As well as the 2019 Awards, The Governor presented Scientia Professor George Paxinos AO DistFRSN with his Distinguished Fellowship of the Society. The Society expresses its warmest congratulations to all recipients.

Following the ceremony, The Society was treated to a socially-distanced morning tea on the terrace taking full advantage of the glorious winter sunshine and the recently restored gardens. We are very grateful to Her Excellency for making this special occasion possible under such difficult circumstances.


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Award winners with the Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW.  Clockwise, from the upper left, they are: Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Honorary Professor Evelleen Richards, Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert, and Scientia Professor George Paxinos AO DistFRSN.




National Science Week 2020 Events from RSNSW

National Science Week Events 2020National Science Week 2020 is now upon us (15-23 August 2020) and the Royal Society of NSW is pleased to offer two presentations this year. 

They are:


Please join us live for these two events, presented as a Zoom webinars, by accessing the links above, or enjoy them later on our YouTube channel



Senior Secondary Pathways Review chaired by Society Fellow, Peter Shergold

Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN FASSA FAICDThe Report of the Review of Senior Secondary Pathways, chaired by Society Fellow and Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN FASSA FAICD, was released by the Australian Government in late July 2020. The report, titled Looking to the Future, argues that transition pathways presented to young adults are too often narrowly framed and as a consequence limit choice.  The report notes that the dominance of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) privileges academic capability over the value of vocation education and training, with the emphasis on scholastic achievement paying "too little regard to the other skills and attributes required for successful adulthood”.

Instead, the report makes the case that high school students should focus on building a learner profile that reflects the skills (including leadership, prblem-soling and collaboration) and knowledge gained during the course of their education rather than focusing on how to boost their ATAR.  As conceived, the learner profile should provide a “digital education passport” which students could continue to build during adulthood by adding new qualifications and experience.

To read further about the the work of the Review, please access the Report on the Pathways Review website and see also an article in the Sydney Morning Herald written at the time of the release of the Report in July 2020.


Postponement: The Clancy Collection Exhibition of Early Maps

An early map of SydneyThe Clancy Collection Exhibition of Early Maps, “Charting a Course: a 500-year story of discovery and the development of Sydney”, to be presented by Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum on Wednesday, 19 August (4.00pm), has been postponed due to uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

The exhibition has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 4.00-5.30pm at the Manly Musuem and Art Gallery and will proceed on that date if circumstances permit.

Please see the event notice for further information and note that there is a limit of 20 attendees due to COVID-19 related entry restrictions. Should interest in this event exceed the available 20 places, consideration will given to providing an alternative opportunity to view the exhibition in the company of Professor Clancy.

Please register you interest by writing to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New editions of the Society's Journal and Bulletin: August 2020

Covers of the Journal vol. 153-1 and Bulletin vol. 443 The Society is pleased to advise that the latest issues of the Journal and Proceedings vol. 153-1 and the Bulletin vol. 443 have just been published and are now available on the website. 

The principal content of this issue of the Journal is the 2019 RSNSW and Four Academies Forum: Making SPACE for Australia (including links to YouTube presentations), with 17 contributions from experts in the field. This is particularly relevant after the recent splash-down (first since 1975) of the private SpaceX vehicle returning NASA astronauts from the International Space Station.

This issue also includes the text of Distinguished Fellow Brian Schmidt's address at the 2020 Annual Dinner, a timely piece by Graham Bell FRSN on a home test of smell acuity to alert for possible COVID-19 infection, FRSN  David Hush's Partita for Solo Violin (with links to YouTube to hear it performed), an invited paper by Steve Pyne, doyen of writers of the history of wildfires around the world, on last summer's fires and what they mean for the future, and an obituary by Len Fisher FRSN on the late Lord May of Oxford OM AC Kt FRS DistFRSN CorrFAA FTSE HonFAIB.


Society Fellow awarded the London Royal Society Royal Medal

Emeritus Professor Herbert Huppert FRS FRSN The Royal Society of NSW (RSNSW) is delighted to learn of the announcement in London by the Royal Society that one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor Herbert Huppert FRS FRSN, has just been awarded the 2020 Royal Medal for Physical Sciences. The Royal Medals are awarded on behalf of the Queen each year, and have been issued annually since 1825. The RSNSW Council extends its warmest congratulations to Professor Huppert on this recognition of his outstanding career achievements.

The citation for Professor Huppert reads: “ He has been at the forefront of research in fluid mechanics. As an applied mathematician he has consistently developed highly original analysis of key natural and industrial processes. Further to his research, he has chaired policy work on how science can help defend against terrorism, and Carbon Capture and Storage in Europe.”

Professor Huppert is an Australian-born geophysicist who lives in the United Kingdom. He has been the Professor of Theoretical Geophysics and Foundation Director, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, at the University of Cambridge, since 1989 and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, since 1970. He has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology. In 1987, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and was awarded the Society’s Bakerian Medal in 2011. He was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2007 and is the only non-American recipient of a prize from the United States National Academy of Sciences, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences in 2005. Professor Huppert is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society and the Academia Europaea. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Cambridge and holds visiting professorial appointments at Bristol University and UNSW Sydney.


July 2020 Events now on YouTube

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Pia Ednie-BownEvents held online during July 2020 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  These are the lecture presented at the1284th Ordinary General Meeting by Ms Elizabeth Ann McGregor OBE FRSN (Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art) on the evening of 8 July 2020, and the lecture presented at the meeting of the Hunter Branch on 29 July by Professor Pia Ednie-Brown.  

Ms Macgregor spoke on “Why Art Matters in Times of Crisis”, while Professor Ednie-Brown addressed Architecture and the Cultivation of Vitality.

All online events conducted recently by the Society are available on YouTube and are accessible from the Presentation and Forum pages of the Society’s website.

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 late 2020. 

The first OGM of  the year, held in February, has speakers drawn from the winners of the Royal Society Scholarships from the previous year, while the December OGM hears from the winner of the Jak Kelly award, before an informal Christmas party.  The April or May event is our black-tie Annual Dinner and Distinguished Fellow lecture.

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

Sydney meetings 

Hunter meetings

Southern Highlands meetings



Details of events scheduled for the remainder of the current year by the Southern Highlands branch can be found on its website.

Details of past events held by the Southern Highlands branch can be found here.

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