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: 28 February 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 Meetin...

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MAR
06

Ideas@theHouse: March 2024

John Bell AO OBE

Ideas@theHousepresented byHer Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW “Shakespeare on politics — what can we learn”John Bell AO OBEFounder and Former Artistic DirectorBell Shakespeare Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 6.30 – 8.00 pm AEDT Venue: Face-to-face (by invitation for Society members) and live streaming from Governmen...

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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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MAR
13

RSNSW 2023 Student and Early Career Research Award Presentations

Jaime Alvarado-Montes
Sasha Bailey
Jayden McKinnon
Jacinta Martin
Abhimanu Pandey
Shoujin Wang
Robyn Williams

Royal Society of NSW 2023 Student and Early Career Research Award Presentations Dr Jaime Alvarado-Montes, MacquarieMs Sasha Bailey, Sydney Mr Jayden McKinnon, WollongongDr Jacinta Martin, NewcastleDr Abhimanu Pandey, ANUDr Shoujin Wang, UTS Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2023, 6.30 pm AEDT Venue: Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus, O...

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MAR
21

Hunter Branch Annual General Meeting 2024

Notice of the RSNSW Hunter Branch 2024 Annual General Meeting Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024, 4.00 pm AEDT for a 4.05 pm start Venue: Zoom meeting Enquiries: By email to the Branch Secretary, Professor Philip Bolton Registration: Registration via Membes is required  before 5.00 pm on 20 March 2024 Only financial Members, Fellows, and ...

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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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MAR
22

Frontiers of Science Forum 2024

“Exploring major discoveries and theories in physics, mathematics, biology,  and chemistry” Prof John Mattick, UNSW SydneyDr Renee Goreham, University of NewcastleProf Katrina Jolliffe, University of SydneyAssoc Prof Richard Garner, Macquarie Univ. A joint meeting of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP),  the Teachers’ Guild of NSW (...

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APR
10

Western NSW Branch Meeting: 2024-2

“Out of Africa Arabia: how ancient human history gave us modern lifestyle diseases”Professor Alan CooperProfessor of Evolution and Environmental ChangeCharles Sturt University Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 4.00 — 5.00 pm (AEST) Venue: Port Macquarie campus (Building 802, Room 2330/7, Major Innes Road), Charles Sturt University and live-streamingE...

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APR
11

Hunter Branch Meeting 2024-2

“Conservation, Frogs, and Citizen Science” Honorary Professor Michael Mahony AMSchool of Environmental and Life SciencesUniversity of Newcastle Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024, 5.30 pm (AEST) for a 6.00 pm start Venue:  King Street Room, NEX, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, 309 King Street,  Newcastle West, NSW 2302Registration:...

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APR
17

1320th OGM and Open Lecture

“Putting the 'Civil' Back in Civil Society” Emeritus Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN FASSA  Former Chancellor, Western Sydney University   andProfessor Kristy Muir  Chief Executive Officer  Paul Ramsey Foundation Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2023, 5.30 pm for 6.00–8.00 pm AEST  Venue: Metcalfe Theatre, State Library of N...

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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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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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MAY
01

1321st OGM and Open Lecture

“Brain Health Equity – a new frontier for healthy longevity”Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey FRSN FASSA FAHMSDeputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Population AgeingNeuroscience Australia, UNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 1 May June 2024, 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Zoom Webinar  Entry: No charge All are welcome Please click here to join...

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MAY
03

Joint RSNSW and State Library of NSW Special Event: May 2024

“On the history of Russian conflict with Ukraine” Emeritus Professor Dennis Reinhartz  University of Texas, Arlington   in conversation withEmeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN  Royal Society of NSW and Univ. of Newcastle Date: Friday, 3 May 2024, 3.00 pm AEST  Venue: Maps Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW, ...

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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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JUN
05

1322nd OGM and Open Lecture

“RNA and me: from the origins of life and nanomedicine to building an RNA ecosystem”Professor Pall Thordarson FRSNDirector, UNSW RNA InstituteUNSW Sydney Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2024, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm AEST  Venue: Metcalfe Theatre, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney  Entry: Members, $10; Non-members, $20; Students, $5 Regis...

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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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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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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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