Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
JUL
16

NSW Government provides new sponsorship for the Society

The Society is delighted to announce that the NSW Government, through the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, is providing a three-year sponsorship for its ongoing operations.  In announcing the sponsorship, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said “The Royal Society’s stated mission is more importa...

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JUN
29

Attila Brungs FRSN FTSE named as next UNSW Vice-Chancellor

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Attila Brungs FRSN FTSE, on being named as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Professor Brungs, currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2014, has had a distinguished career in the aca...

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JUN
14

Queen's Birthday Honours 2021

The Society is pleased to note the awards listed in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List to Society Fellows: a Companion of the Order to Australia (AC) to Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck AC DistFRSN FRS FAA, Members of the Order of Australia (AM) to Professor Gilles Guillemin AM OM (Fr, Chevalier) FRSN and Mr John Hardie AM FRSN, and a Medal...

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JUN
12

Society Fellow awarded a 2020-21 Fulbright Scholarship

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, Professor Hala Zreiqat AM FRSN FAA FTSE FAHMS, has been awarded a 2020-21 Fulbright Senior Scholarship.   Professor Zreiqat is a professor of biomedical engineering at The University of Sydney and Director of the Australian Research Centre for Innovative BioEngin...

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JUN
09

Vale Emeritus Professor Roger Layton AM FRSN

The Royal Society of NSW records with great regret the passing of one of its valued Fellows, Emeritus Professor Roger A. Layton AM FRSN on 5 June 2021.   Professor Layton was the father of modern marketing in our region, starting in 1967 with his appointment as the first Chair of Marketing at UNSW. He was Head of the School, of Marketing ...

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JUN
01

Society welcomes new Members and Fellows: May 2021

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW extends a warm welcome to new Members and Fellows elected at the 1294th Ordinary General Meeting on 5 May 2021 and trusts that each will enjoy and benefit from their membership of the Society. New Members Mr Philip BaileyMr Jordan GacutanMr Brian Spilsbury New Fellows (including laudations)  Professor Jo...

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MAY
25

Society Fellows elected as 2021 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Professor Susan Coppersmith
Professor Hala Zreiqat
Professor Sie Fraser Stoddart

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn of the recognition of two of its Fellows and one of its Distinguished Fellows as new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, elected in May 2021.  They are Professor Sue Coppersmith FRSN FAA and Professor Hala Zreiqat  AM FRSN FAA FTSE FAHMS who were elected as Fellows of the Academy, a...

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MAY
09

Recent Events now on YouTube: May 2021

Recent events held online during April and May 2021 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  Most recently, Emerita Professor Mary O'Kane AC FRSN FTSE HonFIEAust, Chair of the NSW Independent Planning Commission, former Chief Scientist and Engineer of NSW, and one of the leaders of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry (2020) ...

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APR
29

A message from the new President: Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN

It is my great privilege to be elected as President of the Royal Society of NSW. Thank you to the many who have welcomed me so warmly. I look forward to meeting more and more members in the coming months. You are a collection of inspiring individuals committed to using your influence to create a better world. It is an honour for me to be part of th...

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APR
16

Recent Events now on YouTube: April 2021

Recent events held online during April 2021 by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  These are the lecture presented at the 1292nd Ordinary General Meeting by the contemporary artist, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, on the evening of 7 April, and the conversation with renowned author and Distinguished Fellow of the Soci...

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APR
06

RSNSW Council Elections 2021: Declaration of Results

The electronic ballot for the 2021 Council Elections of the Royal Society of NSW closed at noon on Tuesday, 6 April 2021. There were 260 ballots submitted by 586 eligible voters, representing an overall return of 44.3%. The outcome of the election is as follows. For President: There were 256 votes tallied with 4 abstentions from 260 ballots re...

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APR
03

RSNSW Fellows recognised in Australian Academy of Science Awards

Two Royal Society of NSW Fellows have recently received Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Honorific Awards, announced in March 2021.  They are: Professor Thomas Maschmeyer FRSN FAA FTSE who was awarded the David Craig Medal and Lecture—one of the AAS Career Honorifics Professor Angela Moles FRSN who was awarded the Nancy Millis Medal fo...

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MAR
16

RSNSW Council Elections 2021: Candidates and Ballot

Nominations for the 2021 Elections for the Council of the Royal Society of NSW closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 5 March 2021. Listed below are those who nominated as office-bearers and as ordinary members of Council. In all cases, candidates were invited to provide optional statements outlining how their expertise and experience fits them for these role...

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MAR
12

Mark Scott AO FRSN named as the next University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Mark Scott AO FRSN, on being named as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. Mr Scott has had a distinguished career in both the public and the private sectors. Since 2016, he has served as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education. Pri...

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MAR
03

Notice of Hunter Branch Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice of the 1st Annual General Meeting of the RSNSW Hunter Branch Date: Tuesday, 31 March, 5.00pm AEDT Venue: Collaborative Teal Room, X201, NUSpace, University of Newcastle (Hunter St) and via Zoom live-streaming Entry: No charge Only financial Members and Fellows of the RSNSW Hunter Branch are eligible to attend. Notice is hereby given of ...

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FEB
23

Society Fellow, Veena Sahajwalla, featured on ABC TV Australian Story

Society Fellow and UNSW Sydney Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FRSN FAA FTSE was the subject of a fascinating ABC TV Australian Story documentary, The Tipping Point, on her life's work in the recycling of waste that is now revolutionising manufacturing.  From her childhood in Mumbai, she recognised that waste was an untapped resource that ...

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FEB
16

Society Fellow, Alison Bashford, named as a 2021 Dan David Prize Laureate

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, ARC Laureate Professor Alison Bashford FRSN FAHA FRHistS of UNSW (Sydney), on being named as a 2021 Dan David Prize Laureate.  Professor Bashford is the Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture,...

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FEB
15

RSNSW Council Elections 2021: Call for Nominations

The Royal Society of NSW traces its origins back to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, established nearly 200 years ago on 27 June 1821. Today, the Society is an inclusive, learned institution that aims to enrich lives through knowledge and inquiry. It encompasses a diverse group of people who are dedicated to ideas that matter and who ...

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FEB
06

Recent Events now on YouTube: February 2021

Recent events held online by the Royal Society of NSW are now available on our YouTube channel.  Most recently, there were the 2020 Student Award Presentations delivered at the1290th Ordinary General Meeting (3 February 2021) by the Jak Kelly Award Winner, Matthew Donnelly from UNSW (Sydney), and the three RSNSW Scholarship Winners, Sajad...

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JAN
27

NSW "Turning Ideas into Jobs" R&D Action Plan

On 25 January 2021, the NSW Premier,The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, launched the Turning Ideas into Jobs – Accelerating Research & Development in NSW Action Plan. The Action Plan is the NSW Government response to an unprecedented disruption to the NSW economy, arising from technological advances, natural disasters and a devastating glob...

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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 2022. 

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

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