Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

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JUL
04

Society Fellows, Gary Froyland and Catherine Stampfl, awarded ARC Laureate Fellowships

Professor Gary Froyland
Professor Catherine Stampfl

The Royal Society of New South Wales was delighted to learn on 3 July that two of its Fellows, Professor Gary Froyland FRSN FAA, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW Sydney, and Professor Catherine Stampfl FRSN FAA, from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, have been awarded Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow...

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JUN
26

Society welcomes new Fellows and Members: June 2023

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 13 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 7 June 2023. Fellows Professor Les Copeland Professor Bing-Jie Ni Professor Roger ReddelProfessor Renae RyanThe Hon. Gabrielle Upton Dr Allan Williams Biographical information about the new Fellows is available on the Fellows pages of the website. Members...

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JUN
19

Vale Emeritus Professor Jeremy Davis AM FRSN

The Society is saddened by the passing of one of its Fellows, Emeritus Professor Jeremy Davis AM FRSN, on 13 June 2023. Jeremy Davis, husband of Jessica Milner Davis FRSN, was Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management from 1980 to 1989, a mere four years after the establishment of the School. He brought to the School an amazing inte...

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JUN
18

Recent events now on YouTube: June 2023 (updated)

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw.  On 15 June at the Charles Sturt University Canberra campus, intellectual historian and critical realist social philosopher, Professor Wayne Hudson FAH...

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JUN
12

Latest composition from David Hush FRSN

The latest composition from Dr David Hush FRSN, “Three Pieces for Solo Flute”, is dedicated to, and has been recorded by, Dr Danielle Eden. Dr Eden has played flute and piccolo with Opera Australia for the past 20 years. “Three Pieces” may be heard on Akiva Recordings. David is known for channelling J S Bach, and each piece has “a special connectio...

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JUN
12

King's Birthday Honours 2023 (updated)

The Society is delighted to learn of the awards to the following Society Fellows and Members who appear in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours List. Please note that since the original news item was published, the Society has been notified of additional members who were honoured in the King's Birthday Honours List.  These people are identified in...

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JUN
05

Society seeks to appoint a Communications Officer

The Royal Society of NSW seeks to appoint a Communications Officer to enhance the Society's outreach to its membership and the wider community.  The key aspects of the role are the development of a media and communications strategy, the development and dissemination of communications, and the monitoring and measurement of media and publicity i...

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MAY
30

Society Fellow, Gordon Wallace, elected to Royal Irish Academy

Society Fellow, Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace AO FRSN FAA FTSE, of the University of Wollongong, has been recently elected to the Royal Irish Academy — Ireland's leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities.   Gordon Wallace is a world-leading researcher and pioneer in materials science and advanced fabri...

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MAY
30

Society Fellow, Warwick Anderson, wins the prestigious Bernal Prize

Society Fellow, Professor Warwick Anderson FRSN FAHA FASSA FAHMS, has been jointly awarded the Society for Social Studies of Science’s prestigious Bernal Prize for having made ‘distinguished contributions’ to the field of Science and Technology Studies. The Bernal Prize is the Society’s life achievement award, with past recipients including Emily M...

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MAY
25

Society Fellow and Award Winner elected as 2023 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Professor Belinda Medlyn
Professor Richard Payne

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn of the recognition of one of its Fellows and a previous Society Award winner in the recently announced list of new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, elected in May 2023. They are Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn FRSN FAA (Ecologist, Western Sydney University), a Fellow of the Society,...

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MAY
23

James Cook Medallist wins the 2023 IAPSO Prince Albert I Medal

Emeritus Professor John Church AO FAA FTSE FAMS FAGU, the winner of the Society's 2022 James Cook Medal,  has been awarded the Prince Albert I Medal by the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), for his outstanding contribution to sea level research and related new insights into climate change. IAPSO re...

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MAY
16

Society Fellow wins RACI R. H. Stokes Medal

Society Fellow Professor Chuan Zhao FRSN FRSC FRACI of UNSW (Sydney) has recently been awarded the R. H. Stokes Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Electrochemistry Division for distinguished research in electrochemistry. Professor Zhao is the Head of the Nanoelectrochemistry Lab at UNSW (Sydney) and is a former Professorial Futur...

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MAY
16

Celebration of the Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Art Prizes

Society Fellow, philanthropist, and patron of the arts, Yves Hernot KNOM FRSN, recently wrote an article titled "Venez célébrer « The Spirit of Australia »: Les 3 Prix d’Art : Archibald, Wynne et Sulman" in the French-English online newspaper, Le Courrier Australien, celebrating the recently announced Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman art prizes.  ...

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MAY
05

Recent events now on YouTube: May 2023

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw.  On Wednesday, 5 May, Professor Michael Blumenstein FACS of the University of Technology Sydney, a highly-cited researcher in the field of artificial i...

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APR
30

Vale Edward (Ted) Smith MRSN

The Southern Highlands Branch has suffered a heavy loss with the unexpected passing in April 2023 of long-time Committee member Ted Smith (aged 86) who was an inspiration to all who knew him. He used his industrial chemistry background as a springboard in a series of outstanding careers throughout his long life. Problem solving was at the heart of ...

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APR
29

Recent events now on YouTube: April 2023 (updated)

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of NSW are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw.  On Wednesday, 5 April renowned geophysicist, Professor Dietmar Müller FAA FAGU of the University of Sydney, spoke at the 1312th Ordinary General meeti...

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APR
06

Council Elections 2023: announcement of results

At the Society's 156th Annual General Meeting, held on 5 April 2023, the results of the 2023 Council elections were announced. The election was conducted by electronic ballot over a three-week period from noon on 13 March until noon on 3 April.  Some 222 ballots were submitted by 664 eligible voters, corresponding to a return rate of 33%....

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MAR
31

Society Fellow, Steven Weller, appointed as ARC Executive Director

The Australian Research Council has recently announced (24 March) that Society Fellow Professor Steven Weller FRSN of the University of Newcastle has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the Engineering and Information Sciences.  The Executive Directors oversee the grant allocation panels in their discipline portfolio, have operati...

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MAR
29

Society welcomes new Fellows and Members: March 2023

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 20 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 15 March 2023. Fellows Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Ashburn Professor Roy Beran Dr Joseph Brophy Professor Conal Condren Professor Marcel Dinger Mr Lionel Etheridge Associate Professor Kalinda Griffiths Professor Anthony Mills Professor Bernard Pailthorpe...

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MAR
22

New national science priorities: a national conversation

Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM DistFRSN FAA FTSE, has been requested by the Australian Government to lead a national conversation about the revitalisation of Australia’s Science and Research Priorities over coming months. The current list of science priorities dates back to 2015 — a time before gravitational waves had been ...

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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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