Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events
JAN
01

Calendar of Meetings 2024

Events Calendar for 2024 Please check this page regularly since the program is under ongoing development.Most recent update: 26 June 2024 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 H...

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NOV
29

1318th OGM and Open Lecture

“What do we really know about 20th- and 21st-century sea-level change?”Emeritus Professor John Church AO FAA FTSE FAMS FAGUClimate Change Research CentreUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube video All are welc...

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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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JUL
18

Ideas@theHouse: July 2024

Julie Inman Grant

Ideas@theHousepresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW “W x 3 — The World Wide Web (we weaved)”Julie Inman GranteSafety CommissionerAustralian Government Date: Thursday, 18 July 2024, 6.30 – 8.00 pm AEST Venue: Face-to-face (by invitation for Society members) and live streaming from Government House SydneyRe...

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NOV
16

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-4

“Thirst for power — the rivers of conflict in Southeast Asia”Professor Lee BaumgartnerExecutive Director, Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and EnvironmentCharles Sturt University Date: Thursday, 16 November 2023, 6.00 — 8.00 pm (AEDT) Venue: Gum's Cafe, Thurgoona, Charles Sturt University, AlburyVideo presentation: YouTube videoAll ar...

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JUL
18

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting: 2024-6

“Space Race 2.0”Dr Brad TuckerResearch School of Astronomy and Astrophysics Australian National University Date: Thursday, 18 July, 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Space exploration is happening at a rapid pace. Missions, projects, and events that are now happening were not even on th...

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NOV
08

1317th OGM and 2022 Clarke Memorial Lecture

“Caves as observatories of groundwater recharge”Professor Andy Baker FRSN FAGUSchool of Biological, Earth, and Environmental SciencesUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEDT  Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, SydneyEntry: Society members, $10; Non-members, $20; Student, $5Video pr...

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JUL
19

Hunter Branch Meeting 2024-3

“Are you what you eat?Discovering the science of personalised nutrition” Laureate Professor Clare Collins AOCollege of Health, Medicine, and WellbeingUniversity of Newcastle Date: Friday, 19 July 2024, 5.30 pm (AEST) for a 6.00 pm Lecture start Venue:  The University Conservatorium, Laman Street, Cooks Hills, Newcastle, NSW 2302Registration:&n...

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NOV
02

RSNSW and Learned Academies Forum 2023

OUR 21st CENTURY BRAIN Date: Thursday, 2 November 2023, 8.30 for 8.45 am–5.00 pm AEDT Venue: Live streaming from Government House Sydney Video presentations: YouTube playlist Brochures: for the live streamed program — Summary (2.1 MB), Complete Program (6.3 MB) Please click here to register for the live stream --> Please click h...

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OCT
30

Joint UNE SRI and RSNSW Presentation: October 2023

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“CleanTech Futures 2023: Electrification and opportunities for community and business”Professor Renate EganExecutive DirectorAustralian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, UNSW Sydney Date: Monday, 30 October 2023, 5.30 — 7.00 pm (AEDT) Venue: NOVA, 122 Faulkner Street, Armidale NSW 2350 and live streaming by ZoomVideo presentation: YouTube vid...

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AUG
07

1324th OGM and Open Lecture

Medy Hassan
Wilhelm Harnisch
Adrian Harrington
Rebecca Pinkstone
Sue Cripps

“Our Housing Crisis: Dissolving Barriers and Delivering Solutions”Medy Hassan OAM FRSN (Facilitator)together with an expert panelFounder and Managing DirectorHaus Holdings Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2024, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Metcalfe Theatre, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney  Entry: Members, $10; Non-members...

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AUG
15

Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2024-7

“Biodiversity, Bilbies, and Battling Extinction”Professor Carolyn Hogg FRSNDeputy Director, External EngagementSydney Environment Institute University of Sydney Date: Thursday, 15 August, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: RSL Mittagong, Carrington Room All are welcome Summary: Biodiversity is all life on earth and is underpinned by three pil...

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OCT
26

Hunter Branch Meeting 2023-4

“Electrical Energy Supply. So what’s all the fuss about” Professor Colin WatersProfessor of PhysicsUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday 26 October 2023, 5.30 pm (AEDT) for a 6.00 pm start Registration:  Registration is required by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 25 October 2023 through Membes. Max: 100 peopleVenue:  Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hal...

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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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AUG
28

Western NSW Branch Meeting: 2024-4

“Adapting to change — invasive plants and pests take up the challenge”Professor Leslie Weston FAAResearch Professor of Plant BiologyGulbali Research InstituteCharles Sturt University Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2024, 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start (AEST) Venue: CSU Riverina Playhouse, 8 Cross Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW,  and live-streaming Registrat...

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SEP
04

1325th OGM and Open Lecture

“HECS-HELP: History, effects, international comparisons, and the University Accord”Emeritus Professor Bruce Chapman AO FASSA Sir Roland Wilson Chair of EconomicsResearch School of EconomicsAustralian National University Date: Wednesday, 4 September 2024, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar Entry: No charge All are welcome Please click here to jo...

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OCT
04

1316th OGM and Open Lecture

“Australia’s nuclear future: a new discourse for the 2040s” Helen Cook  Principal,  GNE Advisory   andDr Adi Paterson FRSN FTSE  Former Chief Executive Officer  ANSTO Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 6.30—8.00 pm AEDT  Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW, Shakespeare Place, SydneyVideo presentation: YouTube ...

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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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OCT
31

Ideas@theHouse: October 2024

Timothy Stephens

Ideas@theHousepresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW The Big Thaw: Who Governs Antarctica’s Ice?Professor Tim Stephens FAALProfessor of International LawUniversity of Sydney Law School Date: Thursday, 31 October 2024, 6.30 – 8.00 pm AEST Venue: Face-to-face (by invitation for Society members) and live stre...

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SEP
06

1315th OGM and Open Lecture

“Challenges for Open Enquiry and Scholarship in a Divided Age”Professor Alan DavisonProfessor and DeanFaculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of Technology Sydney Date: Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 6.30 – 8.00 pm AEST  Video presentation: YouTube video All are welcome Please click here to join the webinar --> Summary: Are the c...

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Royal Society Events

The Royal Society of New South Wales organises events in Sydney and at its Branches throughout the year. 

In Sydney, these include:

  • Ordinary General Meetings (OGMs), normally held at the State Library of NSW normally at 6.00 for 6.30 pm on the first Wednesday of each alternate, even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December). The OGMs comprise Society business, reports from Council, and the induction of new members and Fellows into the Society.  They are followed by a public lecture presented by an eminent speaker and are preceded by drinks, available from a cash bar in an adjacent room. All OGMs are open to the public. Registration for these events is required and there is a small charge to cover the costs associated with holding these meetings in the State Library. 
  • Online meetings, conducted as Zoom webinars, which are held normally at 6.30 pm on the first Wednesday of each alternate, odd-numbered month (March, May, July, September, and November).  All online meetings are open to the public and there is no charge for attendance.  
  •  The Ideas@theHouse series, conducted in collaboration with our Patron, the Governor of NSW, and held at Government House Sydney.  

A range of events is held in collaboration with other learned societies and academies. These include the:

  • Annual Forum — conducted jointly by the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and normally held at Government House Sydney
  • Four Societies Lecture — conducted with the Australian Institute of Energy, the Nuclear Panel of Engineers Australia (Sydney Division), and the Australian Nuclear Association
  • Dirac Lecture — with UNSW Sydney and the Australian Institute of Physics
  • Liversidge Medal lecture — with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

In addition, there are the named lectures that are associated with the Society's awards.  In some cases, these lectures are conducted jointly with universities, normally the host institution of the winner of that award. 

In all cases, these events are advertised on these pages and registration for events held face-to-face is required.

Each of the Branches runs a regular program of face-to-face events in their local areas.  All branch events are included in the Events listed on these pages and individual Branch pages include just those events being organised by the local branch.  

The bulk of the Society's event program is recorded and made available on our YouTube channel.

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