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The Royal Society of New South Wales

The Society is the oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere, tracing its origin to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, founded in Sydney in 1821.

Our purpose is to advance knowledge through "... the encouragement of studies and investigations in Science Art Literature and Philosophy".

Membership of the Royal Society of New South Wales is open to anyone interested in Science, Art, Literature or Philosophy and their relationships. For more information, go to About us, visit our Membership Page or download our Brochure.


Forthcoming events

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Annual Dinner, Awards presentation and 2014 Distinguished Fellow's Lecture

The Society's annual dinner will take place on Wednesday 7 May. The Society's 2013 awards (the Walter Burfitt Prize, the James Cook Medal, the Edgeworth David Medal and the Clarke Medal) will be presented, followed by the 2014 Distinguished Fellows lecture, to be delivered this year by Professor Barry Jones AO Dist FRSN.

Time: 6:30 pm for 6:45 pm

Dress: Black tie

Venue: Union, Universities and Schools Club
25 Bent Street

Dinner: Members and non-members: $95; tables of 10: $900. (Bookings essential.)


The full 2014 programme may be found here

Recent events

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Annual General Meeting and 1220th Ordinary General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Society tookplace at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, 3 April 2014, followed by the 1220th OGM at 6:30 pm.

"The Jameson Cell"
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson AO

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson's contribution to the Australian economy and the environment as the inventor of what is considered by many to be the nation's biggest export earner in the last 25 years, has earned him "gold status" within the minerals industry.

Dealing in "bubbles", Prof Jameson revolutionised a mineral separation process first invented in 1905, to develop the Jameson Cell, a froth flotation device, that has netted Australia nearly $30 billion in exports.

Prof Jameson' research continues to push the boundaries and he is currently working on a Fluidised Bed Flotation Cell that has the potential to make massive reductions in the energy used in Australia's minerals industry.

Venue: Union, Universities and Schools Club
25 Bent Street

Time: 5:45 for 6:00 for the AGM followed by the 1220th OGM at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

1219th OGM: "Big Data Knowledge Discovery: Machine Learning Meets Natural Science"

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte FRS, CEO, National ICT Australia

Union University & Schools Club
25 Bent St

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies: "Questions About Power in NSW"

Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

The annual joint meeting held in conjunction with the Nuclear Engineering Panel of the Sydney Branch of Engineers Australia, the Australian Nuclear Association and the Australian Institute of Energy.



Hamilton Room, Trade & Investment Centre,
Industry & Investment NSW
Level 47, MLC Centre,
19 Martin Place,


"Searching for clues: Unmasking art fraud and fraudsters" - Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett

Thursday 19 February 2014

Union University & Schools Club
25 Bent St

Joint meeting with the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences - lecture, followed by dinner. This was our first joint meeting with the Academy was a very interesting and enjoyable evening.



Seal of the RSNSW


Presentation of 2013 Awards

The Society's 2013 Awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner to be held at the Union University & Schools Club on Wed 7 May 2014. The Award winners are:

Walter Burfitt Prize Professor Michelle Simmons, UNSW
James Cook Medal Professor Brien Holden, UNSW
Edgeworth David Medal Associate Professor David Wilson, UNSW
Clarke Medal Professor William Griffin, Macquarie University

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