Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
MAR
21

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2024-2

“The antiquity of life: Oldest (3.7 billion years old) stromatolite fossils discovered in Greenland”Professor Allen NutmanSchool of Earth, Atmospheric, and Life SciencesUniversity of Wollongong Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Parts of Greenland’s 3.8 and 3.7 ...

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NOV
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-10

“Secrets of cultural heritage revealed at ANSTO”Dr Joseph BevittSenior Instrument ScientistANSTO Date: Thursday, 16 November 2023, 6.30 – 7.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Joadja/Nattai Room All are welcome Summary:  In this lecture, Dr Bevitt will show how the use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques from the Australian Centr...

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APR
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2024-3

“Webb’s wondrous window on the Universe”Professor Fred Watson AMAstronomer-at-LargeAustralian Government Date: Thursday, 18 April, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been fully operational since July 2022. Its first science images made global headlines wi...

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OCT
19

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-9

Weeds

“Are our weeds becoming new native species?”Professor Angela Moles FRSNEcology and Evolution Research CentreUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023, 6.30 – 7.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Joadja/Nattai Room All are welcome Summary: Introducing species to a new environment creates excellent conditions for evolution, as the species ...

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SEP
21

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-8

“Gender dysphoria: emerging teen challenges”Clare RowePrincipal Psychologist and DirectorRowe & Associates Date: Thursday, 21 September 2023, 6.30 – 7.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Joadja/Nattai Room All are welcome Summary: The last ten years have seen an exponential rise in the diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria in children and adole...

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AUG
17

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-7

“Can plant breeding help us manage the challenges of climate change and food insecurity?”Professor Richard TrethowanDirector, Plant Breeding InstituteSydney Institute of AgricultureUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 17 August 2023, 6.30 – 7.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: As agricultural produc...

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JUL
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-6

“A recent study of nuclear energy usage in Canada and the USA”Robert ParkerFounder, Nuclear for Climate Australia Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Robert Parker’s talk will detail his recent research, concluding with an outline of the benefits he sees to rural and r...

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JUN
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-5

“Machines behaving badly: the morality of AI”Professor Toby Walsh FAA FACM FAAASScientia Professor of Artificial IntelligenceUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Generative AI tools like Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT have caught public attention. But what new...

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MAY
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-4

“Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia”Susannah Fullerton OAM FRSNAuthor, Literary Lecturer, and Tour Leader Date: Thursday, 18 May 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Chevalier College, Performing Arts Centre All are welcome Summary: Many Australians have no idea about the famous writers who came to this country in the 19th century a...

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APR
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-3

“Most of our universe is missing —Adventures in the dark side of the cosmos”Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSWProfessor of AstrophysicsSydney Institute of AstronomyUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexandra Room All are welcome Click here to register --> Summary:  Most of the cosm...

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APR
05

156th AGM and 1312th OGM and Open Lecture

Professor Dietmar Muller

156th Annual General Meeting      and1312th Ordinary General Meeting   Date: Wednesday, 5 April 2022, 6.00 pm AEST Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo Presentation: YouTube video Please register now --> This notice provides information about the: 156th Annual General Meeting and Council...

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MAR
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-2

“The Kindness Revolution” Hugh Mackay AO FRSN Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023, 6.30 pm AEDT Venue: RSL Mittagong All are welcome  If we dare to dream of a more loving country - kinder, more compassionate, more cooperative, more respectful, more inclusive. Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist and the bestselling author of 22 books, including eigh...

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MAR
10

RSNSW 2023 Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards

  Date: Friday 10 March 2023, 6.30 for 7.00 pm AEDT  Venue and times:  Sydney Modern, Art Gallery of NSW All are welcome This year's Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards will be held in Sydney Modern, the brand-new building at the Art Gallery of New South Wales designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima...

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FEB
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2024-1

“Ten novels that changed the world”Susannah Fullerton OAM FRSNAuthor, Literary Lecturer, and Tour Leader Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Literature has always had the power to change – just think of the impact of the King James Bible, Darwin’s On the Origi...

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FEB
16

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-1

“A comprehensive review of the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines” Dr Phillip Altman Date: Thursday, 16 February 2022, 6.00 pm AEDT Venue: RSL Moss vale (venue changed from the Mittagong RSL) All are welcome Dr Phillip Altman is a well-known Australian authority on clinical trials and regulatory affairs with more than 40 years of experience i...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2023

Events Calendar for 2023 Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development.Most recent update: 20 September 2023 Follow the links below for meetings held by the Society in Sydney, in Newcastle by the Hunter Branch, in Mittagong by the Southern Highlands Branch, and in Western NSW by the Western NSW Branch. Sydney Meeti...

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NOV
17

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-10

“Green Steel” Dr Samane MaroufiCentre for Sustainable Materials, Research and TechnologyUNSW Sydney Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Dr Maroufi’s field of research is high temperature metallurgical processes and iron-steel making to develop new science and...

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OCT
20

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-9

“Judging a Jest: Humour and Censorship” Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSNHonorary Research AssociateUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 20 October 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Of all types of humour, satire is the one that most often falls foul of the law. Since by definition it sets...

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SEP
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-8

“Scattering neutrons to explore the materials found on the dwarf planets of our solar system”  Dr Helen Maynard-CaselySenior Instrument Scientist, ANSTO Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Our solar system contains a great array of small planetary bodie...

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AUG
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-7

“The cycle of rainfall in Eastern NSW”  Professor Michael AstenandProfessor Ken McCracken Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room  All are welcome Summary: Michael Asten and Ken McCracken will present evidence for an 80-year on-off cycle in extreme rainfall and flood events in the Hawk...

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