Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

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News 2024, News 2023, In the News, News Archive, Hunter News, Western News
JUL
07

RSNSW Awards 2024: Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Awards opened on 1 July and will close on 30 September 2024. In 2024, nominations are sought for the: Career Excellence Medals (4) Discipline Awards and Lectureships—Year B (4) Scholarships, Early Career, and Student Awards (3) Internal Awards —the RSNSW Medal and Citations (3).

JUN
30

Recent Events on YouTube: June 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. During June 2024, the recordings of three events were uploaded to our YouTube Channel. The first was the recording of Professor Pall Thordarson, Dire...

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JUN
28

June 2024 issue of the Journal is now available online

The June 2024 issue of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of NSW will be published online on 28 June. The issue contains the contents of last November's Forum, "Our 21st Century Brain," (25 papers, presentations, and discussions), 2 papers, and 6 PhD Abstracts, as well as the 2024 Awards notices. Robert Marks FRSN Editor

JUN
26

Society Vice-President announced as Chair of the new Australian Research Council Board

Society Vice-President, Emeritus Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN FASSA, has been appointed as Chair of the new, independent Board of the Australian Research Council (ARC). The new ARC Board, the implementation of which arises from recommendations from the independent review of the ARC Act 2001, led by Professor Margaret Shiel, AO (Vice-Chancellor ...

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JUN
21

Society welcomes new Members and Fellows: June 2024

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 10 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 5 June 2024. FellowsProfessor Eric Pui Fung ChowMr Warwick GiblinDr Julian HuppertProfessor Timothy RobertsProfessor Frances RosamondProfessor Gerd SchmalzDr James Weaver Biographical information about the new Fellows will be available on the Fellows page...

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JUN
10

King's Birthday Honours 2024

The Society is delighted to learn of the awards to the following Society Fellows and Members who appear in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours List. The following have been honoured as Officers of the Order of Australia (AO). Emeritus Professor Suzanne Joan Hand AO FRSN, Emeritus Professor at UNSW Sydney, for distinguished service to palaeontolog...

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MAY
05

Recent Events on YouTube: May 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. On Wednesday, 1 May, the Royal Society of NSW held its 1321st OGM and Open Lecture online. Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey FRSN FASSA FAHMS, Deputy ...

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MAY
01

Society welcomes new Members and Fellows: April 2024

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 26 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 17 April 2024. FellowsProfessor Christopher ArmstrongProfessor Andrew BakerProfessor Lyria Bennett MosesProfessor Michael BlumensteinProfessor Trevor BrownProfessor David CurrowProfessor Alan DavisonProfessor Peter GrayProfessor Victoria HaskinsProfessor ...

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APR
20

Society Fellow, Craig Simmons, appointed as the new SA Chief Scientist

Professor Craig Simmons FRSN FAA FTSE, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Engineering, Science, and the Environment at the University of Newcastle has recently been announced as the new Chief Scientist of South Australia. He will take on a three-year term in this past-time role while continuing as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcast...

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APR
19

Recent Events on YouTube: April 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. On 11 February, an audience of more than 30 people attended the second meeting of the Hunter Branch's program of events for 2024 at the Newcastl...

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APR
17

Council Elections 2024: announcement of results

At the Society's 157th Annual General Meeting, held on 17 April 2023, the results of the 2024 Council elections were announced. The election was conducted by electronic ballot over three weeks from noon on 25 March until noon on 15 April.  Some 200 ballots were submitted by 691 eligible voters, corresponding to a return rate of 29%. Proce...

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APR
13

New York Times article references JProcRSNSW paper

On April 8, a column in the New York Times contained a live link to a 2016 paper in the Journal & Proceedings of the RSNSW. The linked paper was “The Curious Economist: William Stanley Jevons in Sydney,” by Ian Castles. The column (which requires subscription access) was “The Economic Luminary Who Loved Solar Eclipses. Inspired by science,...

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APR
11

Maria McNamara MRSN appointed as CEO of Space Industries Association of Australia

Society Member, Maria MacNamara MRSN, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) — the national peak body for the Australian space industry. The SIAA, formed in 1992, works closely with Australian governments, international partners, academia, and industry to advance Australia’s space ind...

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APR
06

ABC Science Show features winners of the 2023 RSNSW Jak Kelly Prize, Scholarships, and ECR Awards

The Society’s 2023 Awards for Students and Early Career Researchers were presented at a ceremony held at the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University on 13 March 2024. Each of the award winners was introduced and interviewed by the renowned ABC science journalist and presenter of the ABC Science Show, Robyn Williams AM FRSN FAA, on their rese...

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APR
06

Academy of Science 2024 Honorific Awards won by Society Fellows

Professor Anthony Weiss AM FRSN FTSE, the McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology of the University of Sydney, and Professor Anita Ho Baillie FRSN, the John Hooke Chair in Nanoscience, also at the University of Sydney,  have been named as winners in the Academy of Science (AAS) Honorific Awards for 2024.  Professor Ant...

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APR
04

Society Fellow, Johannes le Coutre, elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology

The Council of the Society was delighted to learn that Fellow, Professor Johannes le Coutre FRSN, of the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering, was recently elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the global food industry. At UNSW Sydney, where P...

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MAR
22

RSNSW Council Elections 2024

Voting in the RSNSW Council Elections for 2024 will commence on Monday 25 March at noon and will continue for three weeks, closing at noon on Monday 15 April. This precedes the Society's Annual General Meeting, to be held in the Metcalfe Theatre of the State Library of NSW, commencing at 6.00 pm AEDT on 17 April. Full members of the Society, i.e., ...

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MAR
13

Recent Events on YouTube: March 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. Three events have been posted to YouTube from late February into early March 2024. On 21 February, an audience of more than 60 people attended t...

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FEB
19

Peter Shergold included in SMH expert panel on effects of school closures during the COVID pandemic

The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday, 19 February 2024 led with the headline ‘We made the wrong decisions: COVID-era mass school closures condemned’. The SMH had convened a panel of Australian experts to examine the impacts that school closures had on students’ education and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the panel was Society ...

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FEB
11

Recent Events on YouTube: February 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. The first event of 2024 was the 1319th Ordinary General Meeting held at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday, 7 February.  Following the OGM, a...

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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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