Contents of JProcRSNSW, Vol. 155, Part 2, December 2022

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Robert E. Marks
Editorial: Solar power, fusion, and snapping shrimp.
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Bientennial Celebrations:

Programme for the Gala Dinner, 24 June.
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Susan Pond.
President's Opening Remarks..
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The Governor, Margaret Beazley.
Patron's Address.
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Alan Finkel.
After Dinner Address.
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The Governor-General David Hurley.
Governor General's Address..
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Greetings from Around the World.
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John Hardie.
The Society's NEXUS Exhibition, 2021-2022.
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The 2022 Millennium Technology Prize Lecture

Martin Green.
Silicon solar cells to power the future.
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Submitted Paper

Dean Rickles.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? From quantum gravity to second-order cybernetics.
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Invited Papers

Peter Shergold.
Lessons from a pandemic.
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Brian Schmidt.
Building Australia's AUKUS-ready workforce.
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Andrew Blakers, Anna Nadolny, Ryan Stocks.
The Bluefield Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Atlas.
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Anthony C. Gill and Kelsey McMorrow.
Australian Seashores, an exhibition.
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PhD Thesis Abstracts:

Rachelle Balez.
The intersection of nitrosative stress, ferroptosis and aberrant calcium signalling in Alzheimer's disease
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Pauline Bomball.
Deference and intervention in the characterisation of work contracts
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Shefali Christopher.
Risk factors for running-related pain after childbirth
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Julia Ciarlini Jungers Soares.
Electrochemical treatment of nitrogen-rich industrial wastewater
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Lara Rose Cullinane.
The structure and kinematics of the Magellanic stellar periphery
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Aeson Luis Dela Cruz.
Examining the role of auditor-audit firm and auditor-client relationships on auditors' professional skepticism
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Dzung Phuong Do-Ha.
Modelling neuronal excitability changes in ALS using iPSC-derived motor neurons and astrocytes</
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Bongchan Jeong.
Investigation of occupant behaviour in residential buildings
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Vani Kakar.
Beauty ideals and body image among adolescent girls: a cross-cultural study
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Angus Leahy.
Teacher-facilitated high-intensity interval-training intervention for older adolescents: evaluation of the Burn 2 Learn program
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Yanan Li.
Contributions to blockchain-based security protocols
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Linda Mitchell.
Fluorescent sensor arrays to monitor heavy metals and therapeutic drugs in biological systems
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Ahmed Mostafa Taha Mohamed.
Coordination between chromosome translocation and peptidoglycan remodelling during spore development
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Bach Long Nguyen.
Cooperative vehicle-to-everything communications for intelligent transportation system applications
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Annelise Roberts.
Inheriting the disavowed: nuclear testing and its cultural symptoms in Australia
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Giacomo Tendas.
Topics in the theory of enriched accessible categories
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Andrea Johanna Tobles Robles.
Impact of community pharmacist interventions to manage medication adherence
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Erin Jade Turner.
Mapping the graphic lexicon of Emigre magazine: a visualisation framework for the study of visual communication design artefacts and collections
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Nate Zettina.
Advancing knowledge on the antecedents and outcomes of team silence
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The 2022 Proceedings:
The 2022 Royal Society Prize winners; Events of 2022; Gazetted Fellows in 2022
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Recent Award Winners

Each year, the Society makes a number of awards, mainly in the fields of science, that are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Australia.

Awards Winners 2021

The Awards and Citations for 2021 were announced at the 1300th Ordinary General Meeting of the Society, held on Wednesday, 2 February 2021.  

These included the Cook Medal, which is the Society’s highest honour, awards for research and scholarly excellence, and awards which recognise substantial service to the Society.

The award winners are listed below, together with links to information about the awards and their recipients. 

The Cook Medal
James Cook Medal — Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC FRSN

Awards for Research Excellence
Clarke Medal and Lecture (Zoology) — Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert John Aitken FRSN
Edgeworth David Medal — Dr Arnold Lining Ju
History and Philosophy of Science Medal — Professor Dean Rickles
Poggendorff Lectureship — Professor Richard Trethowan
Pollock Memorial Lecture — Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN
Warren Prize (Medal and Lectureship) — Dr Noushin Nasiri
Jak Kelly Award— Mx Zain Mehdi
Royal Society of NSW Scholarships — Mr Sajad Abolpour Moshizi, Mr Harry Marquis, and Mr Kevin (The Huong) Chau

Awards for Service to the Society
Royal Society of NSW Citation — The Honourable John Dowd AO QC FRSN
Royal Society of NSW Citation — Mr Hubert Regtop MRSN
Royal Society of NSW Citation — Mr Richard Wilmott MRSN

James Cook Medal
Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC FRSN FAA FTSE

Rose Amal

The James Cook Medal is awarded periodically by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere.

Professor Amal AC FRSN FTSE FAA, Scientia Professor of Chemical Engineering at UNSW (Sydney), is an acknowledged international leader in the field of chemical engineering. Her research has changed the way in which the properties of catalysts are understood, with her scientific breakthroughs in catalysis leading to real-world applications for sustainable environment and energy applications. In particular, she is renowned for her photocatalysis breakthroughs for large-scale industrial water treatment, and the generation of ‘clean hydrogen’ i.e., the production of hydrogen from water using solar energy powered by an electrolyser, including the generation of hydrogen directly from seawater. Her contributions to science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere have been extensive.

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Awards For Research Excellence

Clarke Medal and Lecture (Zoology)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert John Aitken FRSN FAA FAHMS FRSE

John AitkenThe Clarke Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research in the natural sciences, conducted in Australia and its territories, in the fields of botany, zoology, and geology (considered in rotation). For 2021, the medal has been awarded in zoology.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Aitken, of the College of Engineering, Science and Environment at the University of Newcastle, is a global leader in reproductive biology and the 2012 NSW Scientist of the Year. Based at the University of Newcastle, he is President of the International Society of Andrology, Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science and Professor of Biological Sciences. Professor Aitken heads up a research team that is making significant inroads into human and animal reproductive issues. His research achievements include identifying a major cause of male infertility that has resulted in new methods of therapeutic intervention, and the development of a contraceptive that would prevent pregnancy and inhibit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Professor Aitken currently has an active program of research to develop non-surgical methods of sterilisation for domestic and feral animals. Nationwide, the damage done by vertebrate pests to Australian biodiversity and agricultural productivity amounts to $1 billion per annum. In response to this need, Professor Aitken’s research group has developed a technology for the non-surgical sterilization of mammalian species that opens up a market worth billions of dollars per annum.

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Edgeworth David Medal
Dr Arnold Lining Ju

Lining Arnold JuThe Edgeworth David Medal is awarded annually for distinguished research by a young scientist under the age of 35 years for work undertaken mainly in Australia or contributing to the advancement of Australian science.

Dr Lining Arnold Ju, an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Faulty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, employs innovative and cutting-edge research in mechanical engineering and biomechanics to open new avenues for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of blood clotting diseases. In just 8 years since his PhD award and under 35 years of age, he has been an ARC DECRA Fellow and a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and has won awards such as the MIT TR35 Innovator, the Australian Museum Eureka Prize and NSW Young Tall Poppy. His academic standing is on a steep upward trajectory nationally and internationally. He is now spearheading his own Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab for organ-on-chip blood clot assessment and the development of future cardiovascular point-of-care tests and telehealth microdevices.

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History and Philosophy of Science Medal
Professor Dean Rickles

Dean RicklesThe Society’s History and Philosophy of Science Medal is awarded annually to recognise outstanding achievements in the History and Philosophy of Science, especially the study of ideas, institutions, and individuals of significance to the practice of the natural sciences in Australia.

Professor Dean Rickles, who is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics at the University of Sydney, has made seminal contributions to both the history and the philosophy of modern physics, creating two-way traffic from conceptual and philosophical issues to historical ones. His work has been used and praised by philosophers, historians, and physicists alike. In particular, he has been a central figure in the emerging field of history and philosophy of quantum gravity (the as yet unknown theory that would treat our two great fundamental theories of physics, general relativity and quantum theory, in a single framework), and has driven much of the current research landscape. He has been responsible for many firsts, including the first detailed histories of string theory, praised by its chief architect (John Schwarz), and of quantum gravity, and the first philosophical papers on dualities and loop quantum gravity.

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Poggendorff Lectureship
Professor Richard Trethowan

Richard TrethowanThe Poggendorff Lecture is awarded periodically for research in plant biology and more broadly agriculture.

Professor Richard Trethowan, Director of the IA Watson Research Centre, Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute and a member of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, is a world-leading plant breeder. His work has improved our understanding of the genetic control of heat resistance in wheat, an important trait globally, and he contributed significantly to the development of new technologies including hybrid wheat systems and the application of genomic selection to plants. His work led to the development of unique genetic wheat strains that have impacted the productivity of agricultural systems in many countries. These impacts include the release of wheat cultivars to farmers from his experimental materials, either directly, through their use as parents, or the application of knowledge generated from his research.

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Pollock Memorial Lectureship
Professor Geraint Lewis FRSN FLSW

Geraint Lewis

The Pollock Memorial Lectureship has been awarded approximately every four years since 1949 and is sponsored by the University of Sydney and the Society in memory of Professor J.A. Pollock, Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney (1899-1922) and a member of the Society for 35 years.

As an outstanding researcher, Professor Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics in the Sydney Institute for Astrophysics in the School of Physics of the University of Sydney, focuses on cosmological mysteries. Through exquisite and extensive observations with the world’s largest telescopes coupled with synthetic universes generated on immense supercomputers, he hunts for the dark side — the dark matter and dark energy that shape the cosmos. With significant discoveries that confront our ideas on the formation and evolution of galaxies, he has published extensively in international journals. His passion for cosmology and physics is reflected in his teaching and student supervision, as well as an extensive outreach program that brings the mysteries of the universe to diverse international audiences.

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Warren Prize (Medal and Lectureship)
Dr Noushin Nasiri

Noushin Nasiri

The Warren Prize consists of a medal and lectureship in recognition of research by engineers and technologists in their early to mid-career.  Early-career researchers will have established a publication record in top-tier journals and wish to reach a broader audience, while mid-career researchers will have completed a larger body of work relevant to society.

Dr Noushin Nasiri is a Senior Lecturer in the Macquarie University School of Engineering and is Head of the Macquarie Nanotech Laboratory. She is a dynamic early career researcher whose work, which is highly regarded and recognised, combines multidisciplinary techniques in the field of nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, and chemistry to develop innovative nanomaterials that transform nanosensing technologies. Her work has already resulted in practical, beneficial outcomes, such as the world’s first wearable sensor, capable of differentiating between UVA and UVB rays, that alerts users in real-time to over-exposure to UV radiation. The technology is tailored for individuals, taking into account different skin types when calculating sun-safe limits.

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Jak Kelly Award
Mx Zain Mehdi

Zain Mehdi The Jak Kelly Award was created in honour of Professor Jak Kelly (1928–2012), who was Head of Physics at the University of NSW from 1985 to 1989, was made an Honorary Professor of the University of Sydney in 2004, and was President of the Royal Society of NSW in 2005 and 2006. Its purpose is to encourage excellence in postgraduate research in physics. The award is supported by the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Physics, NSW branch. The winner is selected from a shortlist of candidates who made presentations at the most recent Australian Institute of Physics (NSW Branch) postgraduate awards meeting.  

Zain Mehdi, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Quantum Science and Technology at the Australian National University, investigates quantum physics in the mesoscopic regime — the intermediate scale between the microscopic world of individual atoms and the macroscopic world of classical objects. Their work focuses on theoretical investigations of exotic phenomena, such as superfluidity and turbulence, in cold atom systems, and has led to four publications in high-impact journals.  

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Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships

The Royal Society Scholarships are awarded annually in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers in any field of science. Applicants must be enrolled as research students in a university in either NSW or the ACT on 1 January in their year of nomination.

For 2021, three RSNSW Scholarships have been awarded:

  • Mr Sajad Abolpour Moshizi — PhD Candidate, Macquarie University
  • Mr Harry Marquis — PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
  • Mr Kevin (The Huong) Chau — Master of Research candidate, Macquarie University

 

Sajad Moshizi

Sajad Abolpour Moshizi is conducting the development of hair-cell sensors for use inside the semicircular canals in the inner ear to treat patients suffering from balance problems and gaze instability. He is a recipient of the Biomolecular Discovery Research Centre (BDRC) Postgraduate Prize and winner of the best internationally peer-reviewed paper by a postgraduate student as a first author accepted for publication (“Development of an ultrasensitive, and flexible piezoresistive flow sensor using vertical graphene nanosheets”) in  Nano-Micro Letters. He is a recipient of a Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) scheme of up to $3000 and has more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Harry Marquis

Harry Marquis is a PhD candidate in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His research is primarily conducted at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, under the supervision of Professor Dale Bailey. His project is titled “Development of a Dosimetry Platform for Theranostic Agents” and his key research interests are in quantitative PET and SPECT imaging, diagnostic medical imaging and image processing, theranostics and radionuclide therapy dosimetry, radiobiology and radiation safety. Harry’s research has already gained international recognition, receiving the Arthur Weis Award in 2020 for outstanding original work in radiation safety and dosimetry from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). In 2021, his work was featured in the SNMMI plenary lecture highlights “Basic Science Instrumentation & Data analysis: Image Generation” session and was also shortlisted for the best poster award in the physics track.

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Kevin Chau Kevin Chau joined the Analytical Glycoimmunology team at Macquarie University (MQ) in April 2018 as an undergraduate volunteer to study the removal of synapses by microglial receptors in the brain during sleep. After completing his course work to near-perfection, he decided to undertake a Master of Research (MRes) degree focusing on platelet glycobiology.  During the past 3–4 years he has shown great potential and talent, demonstrated, for example, by the award of multiple prestigious scholarships and prizes during his coursework progress. His research focuses on mapping the glycoproteome of human platelets.

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Awards for Service to the Society

Royal Society of NSW Citations

The Royal Society of NSW Citations are awarded to Members or Fellows of the Society who have made significant contributions to the Society, but who have not been recognised in any other way. A maximum of three Citations may be awarded in any one year.

The Honourable John Dowd AO QC FRSN

John Dowd Having previously served in prominent roles in the NSW Parliament and NSW Government, in 2002, The Honourable John Dowd AO QC FRSN was elected as Chancellor of Southern Cross University, serving until his retirement in 2014. In 2005, he was appointed Protection Ambassador for ActionAid Australia (previously AUSTCARE) and became a Director of the organisation in 2008 and President in 2009. In May 2011, Dowd launched The Justice Campaign in a show of support for human rights and justice with a focus on alleged abuses at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere with a particular focus on David Hicks.

John Dowd provided the Royal Society of NSW with outstanding service in 2020 when he provided extensive pro bono legal advice over an extended period of time on the revision of the Society’s Rules which had not been comprehensively reviewed since 1968. This exercise was complex and extensive and involved liaison with a wide range of members of the Society. It resulted in a modernised set of Rules which will stand the Society in good stead for many years to come. This outcome could not have been achieved without his input.

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Mr Hubert Regtop MRSN

Hubert RegtopHubert Regtop MRSN is a biochemist and microbiologist with a Master of Science from the University of NSW (1973). He has a long and esteemed career as a university lecturer, research fellow, and research director of publicly listed companies, receiving multi-million dollar grants, and responsible for hospital funded projects and partnerships with universities in the US and UK. In the mid-nineties, he was responsible for introducing standardised herbs in Australia. As a director of Trilogie Pty Ltd, established in 1994, he currently consults and lectures to major health food companies, doctors, and pharmacists in Australia, on the role of nutrition in medicine. He has authored twenty-two publications and has had twenty-three patents approved. He has been a long-standing Chair of the Society’s Southern Highlands Branch to which he has made a significant contribution over ten years maintaining an active branch with a strong events program.

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Mr Richard Wilmott MRSN

Richard Wilmott RegtopRichard Wilmott MRSN was the Principal of the accounting firm RJ Wilmott & Co. In 2013 he was approached by Council to undertake the audit of the Society’s financial records from 2011 onwards. Richard completed the audit on a pro bono basis and then was persuaded to become the Society’s Honorary Treasurer and member of the Executive, positions which he held until March 2021. In 2014, the Society moved all its administration to a specialist organisation and Richard worked closely with that organisation to update and improve all aspects of the Society’s financial record keeping and reporting.

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Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2022

The Council of the Royal Society of New South Wales is pleased to announce its Awards for 2022 at the 1309th Ordinary General Meeting, held at the State Library on NSW on the evening of 7 December 2022.

These include the Cook Medal, which is the Society’s highest honour, and awards for research and scholarly excellence.  This year, there have been no awards for service to the Society. 

The award winners are listed below, together with links to information about the awards and their recipients. 

The Cook Medal
James Cook Medal — Emeritus Professor John Church AO FAA FTSE FAMS FAGU

Awards for Research Excellence
Clarke Medal and Lecture (Geology) — Professor Andrew (Andy) Baker FAGU
Edgeworth David Medal — Dr Tim Doherty
History and Philosophy of Science Medal — Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger FRSN FAHA FRHistS FRSA
Burfitt Prize — Distinguished Professor Susan Scott FAA FEurASc
Liversidge Memorial Lecture — Professor Timothy Schmidt FRSN FRACI CChem
Warren Prize — Professor Anita Wing Yi Ho-Baillie FRSN FAIP
Jak Kelly Award — Mr Shankar Dutt
Royal Society of NSW Scholarships — Ms Clara Chung Ming Liu, Mr Thomas Mesaglio, and Ms Anyang (Anya) Zhao

James Cook Medal
Emeritus Professor John Alexander Church AO FAA FTS FAMS FAGU

John Church

The James Cook Medal is awarded periodically by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to science and human welfare in and for the Southern Hemisphere.

John Church, an Emeritus Professor in the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney is the world’s pre-eminent authority on the rate of 20th century sea-level rise, with his work on quantifying historical changes having been pivotal in revolutionising our modern view of sea level rise, including the first detection of the acceleration in the rate of rise. His ground-breaking papers, published with both national and international colleagues, explain a long-standing conundrum about the causes for the observed 20th century sea-level rise. He has provided substantial improvements in estimates of ocean heat uptake, resolving discrepancies between observations and models as well as the causes. In addition, he has been an international leader in sea level assessments and projections and his work has established that anthropogenic climate forcing is responsible for the majority of observed sea level rise since 1970.

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Awards For Research Excellence

Clarke Medal and Lecture (Geology)
Professor Andrew (Andy) Baker FAGU

Andy BakerThe Clarke Medal is awarded each year for distinguished research in the natural sciences, conducted in Australia and its territories, in the fields of botany, zoology, and geology (considered in rotation). For 2022, the medal has been awarded in geology.

Professor Andy Baker, of the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UNSW Sydney, is an international authority in cave science, hydrology and geochemistry, especially as it pertains to our understanding of karst — complex underground systems formed from dissolution of soluble rocks, characterised by sinkholes, caves and speleothems (e.g., stalagmites). Having led over AU$10M in external projects in NSW since 2010, he has also published more than 260 internationally refereed papers, including highly-cited publications in Nature, Nature Communications, and Science.

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Edgeworth David Medal
Dr Tim S. Doherty

Tim DoherryThe Edgeworth David Medal is awarded annually for distinguished research by a young scientist under the age of 35 years for work undertaken mainly in Australia or contributing to the advancement of Australian science.

Dr Tim Doherty, an ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, has made extraordinary contributions in the fields of predator-prey dynamics, movement ecology and fire ecology, emerging as a pre-eminent scientist of his generation in developing these fields and in exploring how each is influenced by human modification of the environment. Dr Doherty’s transformative insights have been achieved by combining field experiments with novel theoretical frameworks and global syntheses. Key contributions include revealing that invasive predators have contributed to more than 50% of bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions globally, and conducting vital applied field research on fire and invasive species that informs conservation policy and management.

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History and Philosophy of Science Medal
Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger FRSN FAHA FRHistS FRSA

Stephen GaukrogerThe Society’s History and Philosophy of Science Medal is awarded annually to recognise outstanding achievements in the History and Philosophy of Science, especially the study of ideas, institutions, and individuals of significance to the practice of the natural sciences in Australia.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger is one of the world’s leading historians of science and philosophy. Educated at the University of London and the University of Cambridge, he has held positions at Cambridge, Melbourne, and Sydney, as well as visiting professorships at Oxford, London, Aberdeen, and the École normale supérieure – Paris Sciences et Lettres. Now Emeritus Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney, he is the author of sixteen books, including an internationally renowned intellectual biography of Descartes (1995). His work has been translated in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. His major work is the 4-volume study of science and the shaping of modernity: The Emergence of a Scientific Culture, 1210-1685 (2006); The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: 1680-1760 (2010); The Natural and the Human, 1739-1841 (2016); Civilization and the Culture of Science, 1795-1935 (2020).

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Burfitt Prize Lectureship
Distinguished Professor Susan M. Scott FAA FEurASc

Susan ScottThe Walter Burfitt Prize, established as a result of a generous gift to the Society by Dr W.F. Burfitt BA MB ChM BSc, is awarded at intervals of three years for research in pure or applied science. The winner must be resident in Australia or New Zealand, and whose papers and other contributions published during the past six years are deemed of the highest scientific merit.

Distinguished Professor Susan Scott, from the Australian National University College of Science, is an internationally recognised mathematical physicist who has made fundamental advances in our understanding of the fabric of space-time in general relativity, and in gravitational wave science. She has pioneered breakthrough results probing the existence and nature of space-time singularities, the global structure of space-time, and possible initial and final endstates for cosmological models representing our Universe. Professor Scott has also been a pioneer in the analysis of astrophysical signatures in gravitational wave experiments, including the searches for gravitational waves from asymmetric neutron stars and from inspiralling binary systems of black holes and neutron stars. She has played an important role in the development and promotion of gravitational research worldwide, and a leading role in Australia’s participation in the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015.

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Liversidge Lectureship
Professor Timothy W. Schmidt FRSN FRACI CChem

Timothy Schmidt

The Liversidge Lecture, established under the terms of a bequest to the Society by Professor Archibald Liversidge MA LLD FRS, who was Professor of Chemistry in the University of Sydney from 1874 to 1907 and was one of the Council members who sponsored the Society's Act of Incorporation in 1881, is awarded at intervals of two years for the purpose of encouragement of research in Chemistry.

Professor Timothy Schmidt, of the School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney, is internationally recognised as a molecular spectroscopist working on diverse problems from astrophysics to renewable energy. In the gas phase, he has recorded spectra of many hydrocarbon radicals for the first time and discovered new electronic excitations of the dicarbon molecule. In the condensed phase, his work concentrates on triplet-triplet annihilation and singlet fission for solar energy applications. His work has been recognised by a number of prizes including the Broida Prize (International Symposium on Free Radicals 2015), the Coblentz Award (2010), the RACI Physical Chemistry Lectureship and the RACI Physical Chemistry Medal (2021).

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Warren Prize
Professor Anita Wing Yi Ho-Baillie FRSN FAIP

Anita Ho-Baillie

The Warren Prize consists of a medal and lectureship in recognition of research by engineers and technologists in their early to mid-career.  Early-career researchers will have established a publication record in top-tier journals and wish to reach a broader audience, while mid-career researchers will have completed a larger body of work relevant to society.

Professor Anita Ho-Baillie is a pioneer in the development of next-generation solar cells that are key to transitioning to a carbon-free-economy. Focussing on multi-junction solar cells, the aim of her research is to increase their power conversion efficiency towards 40% and 50% when the efficiencies of commercially available silicon solar cells are around 25%. In addition, her recent breakthroughs in improving the durability of perovskite solar cells are critical steps towards commercial viability. Despite the early stage of her career, her outstanding contributions to the important field of energy research are recognised around the world. Four times a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, in 2021 she was named Top Australian Researcher in Sustainable Energy by The Australian and by leading journal ACS Energy Letters, one of 30 leaders in advancing perovskite solar cells and one of 40 Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research in the World.

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Jak Kelly Award
Mr Shankar Dutt

Shankar Dutt The Jak Kelly Award was created in honour of Professor Jak Kelly (1928–2012), who was Head of Physics at the University of NSW from 1985 to 1989, was made an Honorary Professor of the University of Sydney in 2004, and was President of the Royal Society of NSW in 2005 and 2006. Its purpose is to encourage excellence in postgraduate research in physics. The award is supported by the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Physics, NSW branch. The winner is selected from a shortlist of candidates who made presentations at the most recent Australian Institute of Physics (NSW Branch) postgraduate awards meeting.  

Shankar Dutt is a PhD Candidate in the Research School of Physics at the Australian National University. He investigates a nanopore-based sensing platform for the detection of different biomolecules in complex solutions including DNA, proteins and antibodies. This allows tailoring of the biomolecules' translocation kinetics and, combined with artificial intelligence, aims at early diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships

The Royal Society Scholarships are awarded annually in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers in any field of science. Applicants must be enrolled as research students in a university in either NSW or the ACT on 1 January in their year of nomination.

For 2021, three RSNSW Scholarships have been awarded:

  • Miss Clara Chung Ming Liu — PhD Candidate, School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney
  • Mr Thomas Mesaglio — PhD Candidate, School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney
  • Ms Anyang (Anya) Zhao — PhD Candidate, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University

 

Clara Liu Chung Ming Miss Clara Liu Chung Ming is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney under the supervision of Dr Carmine Gentile. Her research focusses on the bioengineering of advanced 3D in vitro models of the human heart pathophysiology, including “the-heart attack-in-a-Petri-dish” and heart failure using patient derived-stem cells. In particular, Clara has demonstrated that acetylcholine (a natural compound produced by our body) plays a protective role against myocardial infarction (heart attack) and drug-induced heart failure using her cells. Clara’s multidisciplinary project is carried in collaboration with the University of Sydney/Charles Perkins Centre/Sydney Heart Bank, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute/Monash University. Clara’s research has focussed also on the effects of Sars-CoV-2 on human heart pathophysiology, as well as the bioengineering of pre-eclampsia-induced heart failure using patient-derived stem cells. Her research has received several awards, including Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (2021), FEIT HDR Women in Engineering and IT awards (2021), ASBTE Rapid Fire Presentation Award (2022) and NSW Education Waratah Scholarship (2022).

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Thomas Mesaglio Mr Thomas Mesaglio works on quantifying our knowledge of Australian plant biodiversity, developing identification tools, survey and species description protocols and general data frameworks for improving this knowledge. Although much of his research focuses on analyses of ‘citizen science’ data, he has published scientific papers in disciplines including marine forensics, bushfire recovery and invertebrate ecology and taxonomy. As part of the Environment Recovery Project team, he received the Department of Industry, Science and Resources’ 2022 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. He has published two books: a guide to scientific etymology and a seashell field guide and is a curator and forum moderator on the citizen science platform iNaturalist, with 39,000 observations and 227,000 identifications made for other users.

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Anyang (Anja) Zhao Ms Anyang Zhao's research is focused on the clinically important foodborne pathogen called Listeria, which causes 20-30% of death in humans. She has identified that Listeria infection triggers inflammation and cell death, which are biological processes crucial for overcoming Listeria infection. Excessive inflammation caused by the immune system while fighting off Listeria infection can lead to sepsis and death. Anyang’s research aims to inhibit such excessive inflammation and could lead to the development of therapies against sepsis. During her first year of PhD study, Anyang published a preview article in Cell Host & Microbe (2022) as co-first author, and further co-authored two primary research articles in Science Immunology (2022) and Nature Communications. Her research achievements have been recognised by multiple prizes, scholarships and grants.

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RSNSW SealEvents Calendar for the Royal Society of NSW in 2023

Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development

Last update: 10 December 2022


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 Meetings 2023

Wednesday,
1 February

6.30 pm AEDT

1310th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Drones, Smart Munitions, and Cyberspace: the 21st Century Defence of Ukraine and its implications for Australia
Major General (Retd) Fergus (Gus) McLachlan AO

Thursday,
2 March

6.30 pm AEDT

[email protected]: March 2022

Venue: Government House, Sydney (by formal invitation) and Live Streaming

Aristotle on life and thought in the sub-lunary sphere
Dr John Vallance FRSN FAHA
State Librarian of NSW

Wednesday,
15 March

6.30 pm AEDT

RSNSW Open Lecture 2023-1
2022 Jak Kelly Award and RSNSW Scholarship Award Presentations

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Presentations: to be advised
Presenters: to be advised

Wednesday,
5 April

6.30 pm AEST

156th Annual General Meeting
1311th OGM and 2019 Clarke Memorial Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Reconstructing ancient oceans, sea-level fluctuations,
the deep carbon cycle, and biodiversity

Professor Dietmar Müller FAA FAGU
School of Geosciences
University of Sydney

Wednesday,
3 May

6.30 pm AEST

RSNSW Open Lecture 2023-2

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Topic: TBA
Professor Michael Blumenstein
Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation)
Faculty of Engineeting and IT
University of Technology Sydney

Wednesday,
7 June

6.30 pm AEST

1312th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Topic: TBA
Emeritus Professor Ros Croucher AM FAAL
President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Wednesday,
14 June

6.30 pm AEST

[email protected]: June 2023

Venue: Government House Sydney (by formal invitation) and Live Streaming

Topic: TBA
Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM DistFRSN FAA FTSE
Australia's Chief Scientist

Wednesday,
5 July

6.30 pm AEST

RSNSW Open Lecture 2023-3

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Wednesday,
2 August

6.30 pm AEST

1313th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Thursday,
10 August

6.30 pm AEST

[email protected]: August 2023

Venue: Government House Sydney (by formal invitation) and Live Streaming

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Wednesday,
6 September

6.30 pm AEST

RSNSW Open Lecture 2023-4

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Wednesday,
4 October

6.30 pm AEDT

1314th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

Thursday,
2 November

9.00 pm AEDT

Royal Society of NSW and Learned Societies Annual Forum 20223

Venue: Government House, Sydney (by formal invitation) and Live Streaming

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA 

Wednesday,
6 December

6.30 pm AEDT

1315th OGM and Open Lecture

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney

Topic: TBA
Speaker: TBA

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Hunter Branch Meetings

The Hunter Branch Event Program for 2023 is still under development.

TBA

TBA

Hunter Branch Meeting 2023-1

Venue: TBA

Topic: TBA 

Speaker: TBA

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Southern Highlands Branch Meetings

The Southern Highlands Branch Event Program for 2023 is still under development.

TBA

TBA

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2023-1

Venue: TBA

Topic: TBA 

Speaker: TBA


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Western NSW Branch Meetings

The Western NSW Branch Event Program for 2023 is still under development

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TBA

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-1

Venue: TBA

Topic:TBA 

Speaker: TBA 

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RESHAPING AUSTRALIA: COMMUNITIES IN ACTION

Dates: Thursday 3 November 2022, 9.30 am–5.30 pm AEDT
Venue: Live-streamed and now on YouTube
Brochure: A program brochure, comprising the program, abstracts and speaker biographies, is available from this website.

On this page:

Summary

The tumultuous last decade has witnessed a decline in political consensus and a growing perception that our formal institutions of government have failed to tackle fundamental challenges in areas such as climate change and social inequality.

As the 2022 Federal election demonstrated, many Australian communities, corporations, and interest groups have become increasingly active as voices for political change. The ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ is one striking example of a community demanding that they be shapers of policy, not just the recipients of what others think should be done.

Such activism builds on a long tradition of community participation in Australia, which has developed a vibrant and extensive not-for-profit sector. There are now more than 50,000 organisations, a million employees, and five million volunteers, providing services and support in many areas of our civil life.

These community and volunteer efforts are essential in managing the immediate and long-term impacts of social and environmental crises including catastrophic fires, droughts, and floods. Successful initiatives have involved local communities collaborating with corporations, businesses, research, and government agencies to find innovative solutions.

This year, the Royal Society of NSW in partnership with Australia’s Learned Academies and under the gracious patronage of Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, will explore this dynamic of communities in action. It will canvass some of the latest research on the factors shaping disparities in social, economic and well-being outcomes for Australians and address four key areas - health, education, infrastructure, and the environment.

The Forum will highlight examples of community collaboration with business, not-for-profit, research, and government organisations to drive meaningful change. It will conclude with a consideration of how greater community participation might impact long-term policy development for the benefit of all Australians.

The Royal Society of NSW acknowledges the generous support of Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, and the Office of the New South Wales Government Chief Scientist and Engineer.

Program and Presentations

The full video recording of each session is accessed by clicking on the YouTube video images, while direct access to each of the speakers' presentations and segments in the sessions is available through the links shown in the program text.  

Welcome and Official Opening
 

Introduction to the Governor and Acknowledgement of Country
Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN FTSE FAHMS
President, Royal Society of NSW

Official Opening
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC
Governor of New South Wales

Welcome and Acknowledgements
Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN FTSE FAHMS
President, Royal Society of NSW

Introduction to the Program and Moderator
Professor Stephen Garton AM FRSN FAHA FASSA
Chair, Forum Program Committee
Principal Advisor, Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Sydney

Moderator and Rapporteur
Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Emeritus Professor, Griffith University
Chair, The Conversation Media Group

Session I: Setting the Scene
 
Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Moderator and Rapporteur

Professor Richard Holden FASSA
Professor of Economics, UNSW Sydney
President, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Alison Frame
Deputy Secretary,  Social Policy Group, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Australian Government

Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Scientia Lecturer, Centre for Big Data Research in Health
UNSW Sydney

Dr James O'Donnell
Lecturer, School of Demography and ANU Social Cohesion Grand Challenge
Australian National University

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderated by Emeritus Julianne Schultz

Session II: Health and Communities
 
Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Moderator and Rapporteur

Bernie Shakeshaft (link to talk summary)
Founder and Director
BackTrack Youth Works

Sally Redman AO
Chief Executive Officer
Sax Institute Sydney

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM FRSN FAHMS
Distinguished Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health
University of Sydney

Professor Maree Teeson AC FAHMS FASSA
Professor and Director, The Matilda Centre for Research In Mental Health and Substance Use
University of Sydney

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderated by Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz

Session III: Natural and Built Environment
 

Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Moderator and Rapporteur

Louise Adams FTSE
Chief Operating Officer
Aurecon

Professor David Schlosberg FASSA
Professor of Environmental Politics and Director, Sydney Environment Institute
University of Sydney

Tone Wheeler
Principal and Director
Environa Studio

Angelica Kross
Community Activist

Panel  Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderated by Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz

Session IV: Education
 
Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Moderator and Rapporteur

Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN FASSA
Chancellor
Western Sydney University

Professor Pasi Sahlberg
Professor of Education
Southern Cross University

Professor Kim Beswick
Professor of Mathematics Education and Director, Gonski Institute for Education 
UNSW (Sydney)

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM FRSN
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
University of Sydney

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderated by Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz

Session V: Summary and Solutions
 

Panel Discussion:

Emeritus Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
Moderator and Rapporteur

Professor Ariadne Vromen FASSA
Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration, Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM FRSN
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services)
University of Sydney

followed by a further discussion amongst the panel.

Vote of Thanks:

Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN FTSE FAHMS
President, Royal Society of NSW

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