Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
NOV
30

RSNSW Poggendorff Lecture 2021

“A plant breeder’s perspective on food security and climate change”Professor Richard TrethowanProfessor of Plant BreedingDirector, Plant Breeding InstituteSydney Institute of AgricultureUniversity of Sydney Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 4.00 – 6.00 pm AEDT  Venue: Ground Floor Auditorium, Michael Spence Building (F23), Corner, Eastern Ave...

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DEC
07

1309th OGM and Open Lecture

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“Harnessing solar energy through catalysis to make chemicals and fuel”Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC FRSN FAA FTSEScientia Professor of EngineeringSchool of Chemical EngineeringUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Entry: Society members, $10; Non-membe...

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JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2023

Events Calendar for the Royal Society of NSW in 2023 Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development and may be affected by the prevalence of COVID-19 during early 2022. Last update: 15 November 2022 Follow the links below for meetings held by the Society in Sydney, in Newcastle by the Hunter Branch, in Mittagon...

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FEB
01

1310th OGM and Open Lecture

“Drones, Smart Munitions, and Cyberspace: the 21st Century Defence of Ukraine and its implications for Australia” Major General (Retd) Fergus (Gus) McLachlan AO   Date: Wednesday, 1 February 2023, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, Sydney Entry: Society members, $10; Non-members, $20; Students...

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NOV
23

1308th OGM and 2021 Pollock Memorial Lecture

“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: Wednesday, 23 November 2022, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube vid...

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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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NOV
16

2022 Linnean Society of NSW Natural History Field Symposium

“Natural History of the Northeastern Sydney Basin”Call for Presentations and Early Registration Dates: Wednesday/Thursday 16–17 November (oral presentations), Friday 18 November (field trip)  Venue: Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High Street, Hornsby (oral presentations), Kuring-gai Chase National Park, West Head (field trip) Registration:  Register...

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NOV
14

Joint RSNSW-Law Society of NSW Public Lecture

“The US Supreme Court: A Rogue Court in a Fragile Democracy” Linda GreenhouseSenior Research Scholar, Yale Law School     andPresident, American Philosophical Society Date: Monday, 14 November 2022, 9.00 am  AEST Venue: Webinar — details to follow Registration: through the Law Society of NSW is required Important note: Due ...

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NOV
03

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2022

  RESHAPING AUSTRALIA: COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Dates: Thursday 3 November 2022, 9.30 am–5.30 pm AEDT Venue: YouTube live streaming from Government House Sydney Video presentation: YouTube playlist Brochure: Complete document comprising the program, abstracts, and speaker biographies The Royal Society of New South Wales and the Learned Acade...

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OCT
25

ATSE ACTIVATE Conference 2022

ACTIVATE: A tech-powered human-driven future Dates: 25–27 October 2022  Venue: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney and live streaming Cost: See the registration formRegistration: Through EventsAir A STEM symposium presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering at the Sydney Masonic Centre 25-27 October 2022...

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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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OCT
05

1307th OGM and Open Lecture

“The Global Economy and Australia's Outlook: Geoff Harcourt's contribution to the theory of productivity growth” Dr Don Russell (1)Ms Jane Drake-Brockman (2)Emeritus Professor Robert Marks FRSN (3) 1. Chair, AustralianSuper2. Visiting Fellow, University of Adelaide3. Emeritus Professor, UNSW (Sydney) Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 6.30 pm AEDT&nb...

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OCT
12

Joint RSNSW-University of Sydney Business School Public Lecture—CANCELLED

“A New Way to Wealth: The Role of Social Response Capitalism” Bruce Piasecki PhDNew York Times Bestselling Author andFounder of AHC Group, Inc. The Society and the University of Sydney Business School regret to announce the cancellation of this lecture. Everyone who registered through the University of Sydney registration site will be notified acco...

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SEP
20

In memory of Emeritus Professor Robin King

“Our respects to Emeritus Professor Robin KingFRSN FTSE HonFIEAust CPEng (Ret)”A hybrid memorial event organised by Engineers Australia Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022, 6.00 – 8.30 pm  AEST Venue: Engineers Australia Sydney Office, Mezzanine Floor, 44 Market Street, Sydney or online webinar (Engineers Australia Webex) Registration: Through th...

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JUL
02

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum

Display of Society-related objects in the Chau Chak Wing Museum University of Sydneyon weekends 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm from Saturday 1 July 2022until Sunday 25 September 2022 As part of our 200-year celebrations, the Chau Chak Wing Museum (CCW Museum) at the University of Sydney has curated a display of Society-related objects from the Macleay Collecti...

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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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SEP
07

1306th OGM and Open Lecture

“Is Fairweather an Australian artist? And does it matter?” Claire Roberts FAHA (1)     in conversation with Nicholas Jose (2)(1) Associate Professor of Art History, University of Melbourne(2) Novelist and Emeritus Professor, University of Adelaide Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar. Video p...

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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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AUG
11

2022 Ben Haneman Lecture

“Virus on the march? Military model and metaphor in the COVID-19 pandemic” Professor Warwick Anderson FRSN FAHA FASSA FAHMSProfessor of HistoryUniversity of Sydney Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm AEST  Venue: Friends Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney Registration:  Registration th...

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AUG
04

[email protected]: August 2022

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

[email protected] byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW “Manufacturing at the Atomic Scale”Michelle Simmons AO FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSEScientia Professor, UNSW SydneyDirector, ARC Centre of Excellence (CQC2T)Founder, Silicon Quantum Computing Date: Thursday, 4 August 2022, 6.30 pm AEST Venue: Live-streamed from ...

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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.

Since April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings have been replaced by virtual meetings, conducted as Zoom webinars, allowing the events program to continue uninterrupted.  It is hoped that face-to-face meetings can be resumed in 2022. 

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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