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Royal Society of NSW News & Events

December 2002 - The Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Prize

The Council has recently made contact with kindred Royal Societies in each State with a view to cooperation in a number of areas. The first result of this is the establishment of The Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. The value of the prize is $10,000. The Royal Societies sponsoring this prize are the Royal Societies of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia. The prize will be awarded to a partnership, group, team or organisation for outstanding scientific research which involves the active collaboration and/or cooperation of scientists in two or more disciplines. The research must have been undertaken in Australia by Australian residents.

Details of the Prize can be found here.

RSNSW gets its own domain name

June 2002

The Royal Society of NSW acquired its own domain: royalsoc.org.au.

April 2002 - General Monthly Meeting and Presidential Address

In December 2003 it will be one hundred years since the first powered, sustained, heavier-than-air, human flight. However much of Australia's early flight history is unknown. Our President, Mr David Craddock, an Aeronautical Engineer and aviation historian, was an excellent guide on Australia's early flight history in his most interesting address: Antipodean Aeronautica.

Annual Dinner 2002

The Annual Dinner was held at the Holme Centre, Sydney University, on Thursday 28 February. The Society presented awards to Dr Samantha J. Richardson of Melbourne University (the Edgeworth David Medal), Dr Gordon H. Packham of Frenchs Forest (the Clarke Medal), Professor Michael W. Parker of the St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne (the Walter Burfitt Prize) and Professor Peter A. Williams of the University of Western Sydney (the Society's Medal). The after-dinner address, Is Greenhouse all Hot Air? A Short History of Planet Earth, was presented by Ian Plimer.

October 2001 - Patron

The Governor General of Australia, His Excellency the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE accepted the position of Patron of the Society.

June 2001 - Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland contacted the Society, inviting applications to participate in multi-disciplinary scientific studies in the Gulf of Carpentaria between 29 October and 4 December 2002. Projects include the disciplines of archaeology, zoology, botany, geology and geomorphology with emphasis on the Gulf.

2001 Dinner of the Australian Academy of Sciences

The President, David Craddock, and his wife, Jan, attended the annual dinner of the Australian Academy of Sciences on 3 May, held in the Members' Dining Room, Old Parliament House, on behalf of the Society. The highlight of the evening was the address by Professor Peter Doherty. The Nobel Laureate (medicine) and Australian of the Year thoroughly entertained the 285 guests with a mixture of history, the future and marketing. Professor Doherty mentioned that he had been honoured by one of two monuments to famous people at Memphis. It was of little surprise to hear that the other monument was for Elvis. One of the key points of the address was for scientists to network with other disciplines. Another important issue was the need to gain support from government and increase public interest in the sciences. The media must be better utilised as a means to increase public awareness and understanding of science. Professor Doherty stressed the importance of restricting comments to a single issue when dealing with the media. He gave examples of 'off-the-cuff' comments to reporters, which appeared in another perspective when published.

Professor Brian Anderson, President of the AAS, and Professor David Craig expressed very strong support for the Royal Society of New South Wales. They suggested the possibility of holding some combined activities between the two organizations.

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.

The first OGM of  the year, held in February, has speakers drawn from the winners of the Royal Society Scholarships from the previous year, while the December OGM hears from the winner of the Jak Kelly award, before an informal Christmas party.  The April or May event is our black-tie Annual Dinner and Distinguished Fellow lecture.

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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