Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

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OCT
19

Society Fellow, Andrew Blakers, amongst winners of the 2023 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Queen Elizabeth Prize 2023 Award Ceremony

At a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 12 October 2023, His Majesty King Charles III presented the 2022 and 2023 Queen Elizabeth Prizes for Engineering. These prizes, inaugurated in 2011, recognise engineers responsible for groundbreaking innovations that have been of global benefit to humanity. The 2023 QE Prize for Engineering was awarded to an Au...

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OCT
17

Distinguished Fellow, Michelle Simmons, named as winner of the 2023 Prime Minister’s Science Prize

At a presentation dinner held on the evening of 16 October 2023 at Parliament House Canberra, Distinguished Fellow, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSE FAAAS of UNSW Sydney was announced as the winner of the 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. This award recognises the work of Professor Simmons in creating the new fiel...

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OCT
13

Society Fellow, Rebecca Ivers, awarded an AAHMS Fellowship

The Society was delighted to learn that Society Fellow, Professor Rebecca Ivers FRSN FAHMS, Scientia Professor of Public Health and Head of the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney, was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) on 12 October 2023. The AAHMS citation reads as follows: Professor Rebec...

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OCT
13

Society Fellow, Noel Cressie, awarded the ISBA Mitchell Prize

The Royal Society of New South Wales was delighted to learn of the awarding of the Mitchell Prize by the International Society for Bayesian Analysis to one of its Fellows, Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie FRSN FAA, from the University of Wollongong (UoW). The prize, awarded in August 2023 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto, Canad...

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OCT
12

Distinguished Fellow, Brian Schmidt, awarded an ATSE Fellowship

The Society was delighted to learn that Distinguished Fellow, Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSE, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) on 11 October 2023. The ATSE citation reads as follows: Vice Chancellor Professor Br...

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OCT
07

Recent events on YouTube: October 2023

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 the evening of Wednesday, 4 October 2023, an audience of approximately fifty people at the State Gallery of NSW enjoyed a highly topical and thoug...

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OCT
06

Distinguished Fellow, Michelle Simmons, named as the ABC's 2023 Boyer Lecturer

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSE of UNSW Sydney, a pioneer in atomic electronics and a global leader in quantum computing, has been named the ABC’s Boyer Lecturer for 2023. This year’s series of four Boyer Lectures is titled ‘The Atomic Revolution’ and will cover manufacturing at the atomic scale, why Australia is perfec...

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SEP
25

Society reaffirms its support for the Uluru Statement of the Heart

Through its then President, the Royal Society of New South Wales signed the Uluru Statement of the Heart declaration in January 2018. The Society’s Statement of Support, which has been on our website since 2018, included the following paragraph: Our mandate, as the Royal Society of New South Wales, Australia's oldest peak scholarly body, is th...

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SEP
20

Society welcomes new Members and Fellows: September 2023

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 32 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 6 September 2023. FellowsProfessor Alaina AmmitProfessor Vicki BitsikaAssociate Professor Amy CainProfessor Ben ColagiuriProfessor Andrew CondonEmeritus Professor Rosalind CroucherProfessor Catherine GreenhillProfessor Steven LangfordAdjunct Professor Kim...

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SEP
18

Recent Events on YouTube: September 2023

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. Challenges for Open Enquiry and Scholarship in a Divided Age On the evening of Wednesday, 6 September, an audience of approximately forty people ...

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SEP
14

Vale Professor Emeritus Stephen Gaukroger FRSN FAHA

The Society was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Fellow, Professor Emeritus Stephen Gaukroger FRSN FAHA FRHistS FRSA, on 3 September 2023 after a short illness. Stephen Gaukroger was one of the world’s leading historians of science, mathematics, and philosophy, and in each of these fields, he was recognised as one of the most significant fi...

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SEP
07

Society's 19th Distinguished Fellow: Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan

The Royal Society of New South Wales is delighted to announce the appointment of Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan AO DistFRSN FAA as the 19th Distinguished Fellow of the Society. The honour of Distinguished Fellow is awarded to internationally-distinguished contributors to science, art, literature, or philosophy, with the number of Distinguished Fellow...

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SEP
02

Society Fellow awarded the CEFRACOR Grand Medal

The Royal Society of New South Wales was delighted to learn of the presentation of the 2022 Centre Francais de L'Anticorrosion (CEFRACOR) Grand Medal to one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor David Young FRSN FTSE from UNSW Sydney.  The presentation was made at the 2023 Annual Congress of the European Federation of Corrosion (EUROCORR) held in...

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AUG
31

Australian Watercolour Institute Centenary Exhibition

Throughout its history, a number of Australia’s most celebrated artists have been members of, or exhibited with, the Australian Watercolour Institute (AWI). The AWI works to ensure the future of watercolour painting as a vital medium and this year is celebrating its centenary with its Centenary Exhibition. Dates: 1–7 September 2023, 10.00 am – 4.00...

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AUG
24

Four Society Fellows amongst the winners of the 2023 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Renae Ryan
Richard Kingsford
Toby Walsh
Karu Esselle

The Royal Society of New South Wales is delighted to learn that four of its Fellows, Professor Renae Ryan AM FRSN, a neuroscientist from the University of Sydney,  Professor Richard Kingsford FRSN, an environmental scientist and river ecologist from UNSW Sydney, Professor Toby Walsh FRSN FAA, a computer scientist and artificial intelligen...

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AUG
24

Society Fellow, Professor Emma Johnston, appointed to the CSIRO Board

On 23 August 2023, the Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon. Ed Husic MP, announced that the Australian Government has appointed  Professor Emma Johnston AO FRSN FAA FTSE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Sydney, as a member of the CSIRO Board for the next four years. Professor Johnston is well known to RSNSW member...

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AUG
16

Tagging the Society in your social media posts

The Society is actively seeking to build its influence and outreach through social media — Facebook, LinkedIn, X (previously known as Twitter), and YouTube.  In the first month of the appointment of the Society’s new Communications Officer, we have seen significantly increased traffic (views and impressions) on these channels, new subscription...

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AUG
15

Recent events on YouTube: August 2023 (updated)

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. Ideas@theHouse: Ideas for marine stewardship and sustainability in a time of acceleration The eighth in the series of Ideas@theHouse events — jo...

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AUG
14

Vale Professor Emeritus Mary-Louise McLaws AO FRSN

The Society is deeply saddened at the passing of one of its Fellows, Professor Emeritus Mary-Louise McLaws AO FRSN, on 12 August 2023. Mary-Louise McLaws, a renowned epidemiologist and expert in infection control at UNSW Sydney, came to public prominence as a trusted commentator and media adviser during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time of considera...

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AUG
10

Universities Accord Chair, Mary O'Kane interview

The Australian Universities Accord working group, chaired by Professor Mary O’Kane AC FRSN FTSE and including Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover AO FRSN FTSE, released its interim report in July.  The interim report’s recommendations in some areas, particularly in relation to research and the idea that a levy be ...

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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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