Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

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NOV
14

Society Fellow, Anatoly Rozenfeld, awarded NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the 2022

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW was very pleased to learn that one of its Fellows, Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld FRSN of the University of Wollongong, was recognised as the winner of Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year in the 2022 NSW Premier's Awards for Cancer Research at a ceremony held on 9 November.   Professor R...

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NOV
11

Society Fellow, Ben Eggleton, appointed as PVC (Research) at the University of Sydney

Society Fellow, Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE, has just been named as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney.  He commences his new role in November 2022. Professor Eggleton is currently the Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, Co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN), and a Profess...

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NOV
07

Recordings of the 2022 Forum now on YouTube

The Royal Society of NSW, together with its Learned Academy partners, is pleased to announce that the recordings from the 2022 Forum, Reshaping Australia: Communities in Action, are now available on the Society's YouTube channel. This year the Forum was held at Government House on Thursday 3 November 2022. The recordings can be accessed direct...

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NOV
04

Society Fellow, Michelle Leishman, awarded a 2022 NSW Premier's Science Prize

Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW was delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman FRSN of Macquarie University has received the NSW Premier's Science Prize for Excellence in Biological Sciences at an Awards Ceremony held at Government House Sydney on the evening of 2 November 2022. Professor Leishman ...

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OCT
19

ICWES19 Conference: New Zealand, 4–6 September 2023

19th International Conference of Women Engineers and ScientistsWomen in STEM invited to Aotearoa New Zealand In early September 2023,  Aotearoa New Zealand will welcome women from across the globe to discuss how science, engineering and technology can help create a better, more equitable world. The 19th International Conference of Women E...

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OCT
12

Winners of the Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Writing Prize

Dr Anika Molesworth
Dr Niraj Lal

The Royal Societies of Australia today (12 October 2022) announced the joint winners of its inaugural Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award for Writing on Social Change. This new annual award recognises dynamic non-fiction writers between18 and 40 years of age in the Australasia/Oceania Region who aim to ignite positive social change through...

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OCT
12

Society Fellow named as Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW has been delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, Distinguished Professor Karu Esselle FRSN from the University of Technology Sydney has been named as Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year for 2022 at a ceremony held in Sydney on 6 October 2022.  Professor Esselle, an internationally r...

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OCT
11

Society Fellow appointed to International Science Council Committee

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW was delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor Roy MacLeod OAM FRSN FASSA FAHA, along with the Hon. Mr Robert French AC FASSA, have been appointed to the International Science Council (ISC) Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science for 2022-2025, following their no...

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SEP
23

Society Fellow, Ben Eggleton, awarded Academic of the Year at the 2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows,  Professor Ben Eggleton FRSN FAA FTSE of the University of Sydney, on being awarded Academic of the Year at the Australian Defence Industry Awards, held in Canberra in September 2022. Ben Eggleton is the Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute and...

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SEP
23

Society Fellows shaping the Australia's national quantum strategy

Three Society Fellows and Distinguished Fellows have been appointed to the National Quantum Advisory Committee, announced on 22 September by the Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon. Ed Husic MP.  The 15-member committee, to be chaired by Australia's Chief Scientist and Society Distinguished Fellow, Dr Cathy Foley AO DistFRSN FAA FTSE, w...

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SEP
09

Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

It is with sadness that The Royal Society of New South Wales learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Society sends its condolences to the Royal Family at this time of mourning. 

SEP
01

Society Fellow Veena Sahajwalla wins 2022 Eureka Prize

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted that one of its Fellows, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FRSN FAA FTSE from UNSW Sydney has been awarded one of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for 2022.  The Council of the Society warmly congratulates Professor Sahajwalla on her achievement, and on this recognition of the impact of her outstandin...

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AUG
15

Society's 200th anniversary featured on the ABC Science Show

The Society‘s 200th anniversary was featured on the ABC Science Show, which aired on 13 August 2022. In the segment, the Society‘s President, Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN was interviewed by Robyn Williams AO, host of The Science Show, to discuss key events in the Society‘s 200-year history, including a range of matters about which she spoke in her speech ...

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AUG
11

Sven Rogge FRSN appointed as new UNSW Dean of Science

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW extends its warmest congratulations to one of its Fellows, Scientia Professor Sven Rogge FRSN, who has just been named as the new Dean of Science at UNSW Sydney.  He takes over as Dean from another RSNSW Fellow, Professor Emma Johnston AO FRSN FAA FTSE, who is now the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Re...

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AUG
08

New award for outstanding writing on social change

A new non-fiction writing prize for the Australasia/Oceania Region will recognise a dynamic writer who aims to ignite positive social change through published work on any theme exploring key business and society issues. The  AU$10,000 Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award for Business and Society Writing seeks to inspire future generations t...

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AUG
05

Society Fellow, Maria Kavallaris, honoured with President of Cyprus Medal

Society Fellow, Professor Maria Kavallaris AM FRSN FAHMS, has been acknowledged for her life's research in cancer biology and therapeutics by the awarding of a Republic of Cyprus President's Medal for Outstanding Contributions by the President, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus on 28 July 2022.  Professor Kav...

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AUG
01

Vale Emeritus Professor Robin and Penny King

The Royal Society of NSW records with great sadness the passing of one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor Robin King FRSN FTSE, and his wife Penny in a tragic accident that occurred on Monday, 25 July 2022.  On that day, Penny and Robin set out for a walk at the northern end of Moonee Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.  They wer...

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JUL
28

Society Fellows as finalists in the 2022 Australian Museum Eureka Awards

A number of Society Fellows are amongst the Finalists of the 2022 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 scientif...

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JUL
27

Earliest cases of COVID-19 traced to seafood market in Wuhan China

An international team, including Society Fellow Professor Eddie Holmes FRS FRSN FAA of the University of Sydney, has determined that the earliest cases of COVID-19 arose in a wholesale fish market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Their results linked these cases to bats, foxes, and other live mammals infected with the virus being sold in the ...

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JUL
13

Society Fellow receives Australian Museum Lifetime Achievement Award

The Council of the Royal Society of NSW extends its warmest congratulations to Emeritus Professor Bill Sherwin FRSN of UNSW Sydney on being awarded the 2021 Australian Museum Research Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor William (Bill) Sherwin is a molecular ecologist who has dedicated almost 40 years to scientific research, applying mat...

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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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