Royal Society of NSW News & Events

Royal Society of NSW News & Events

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News 2024, News 2023, In the News, News Archive, Hunter News, Western News
FEB
19

Peter Shergold included in SMH expert panel on effects of school closures during the COVID pandemic

The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday, 19 February 2024 led with the headline ‘We made the wrong decisions: COVID-era mass school closures condemned’. The SMH had convened a panel of Australian experts to examine the impacts that school closures had on students’ education and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the panel was Society ...

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FEB
11

Recent Events on YouTube: February 2024

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. The first event of 2024 was the 1319th Ordinary General Meeting held at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday, 7 February.  Following the OGM, a...

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FEB
10

Society Fellow, Barney Glover, appointed as Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia

On 10 February 2024, the Minister for Skills and Training, The Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, announced the appointment of Professor Barney Glover AO FRSN FTSE, the current Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University (WSU), as the new Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia. The role of Jobs and Skills Australia, a statutory authority established in ...

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JAN
26

Australia Day Honours 2024 (updated)

The Society is delighted to learn of the awards to the following Society Fellows and Members whose names appear in the 2024 Australia Day Honours List. Please note that since the original news item was published, the Society has been notified of additional members who were honoured in the Australia Day Honours List. These people are identified in t...

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JAN
20

Society Fellow, Stephen Garton, elected as President of the Australian Academies of Humanities

The Society was delighted to learn that one of its Fellows, and also the Librarian of the Society, Professor Stephen Garton AM FRSN FAHA FASSA, was elected by the Australian Academy of the Humanities as its twentieth President. Professor Garton will serve a three-year term commencing in 2024. Professor Garton’s research expertise is Australian hist...

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JAN
10

Vale Professor Ian Metcalfe MRSN

The Society was deeply saddened to learn of the peaceful passing of Professor Ian Metcalfe MRSN, in Sydney, on 21 December 2023. Ian was a devoted husband to Amarjit Kaur, an incredible father to Noreen and David, and a beloved grandfather to John and James. He was a globally recognised and accomplished professor, researcher, lecturer, and author i...

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DEC
21

Society Fellow Duncan Ivison FRSN FAHA appointed as the next University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor

The Royal Society of New South Wales was delighted to learn of the announcement by the University of Manchester that its next Vice-Chancellor, from 1 August 2024, will be Professor Duncan Ivison FRSN FAHA. Most recently Professor Ivison, who is a Professor of Political Philosophy, was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydne...

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DEC
18

December 2023 issue of the Journal is now available online

The December 2023 issue of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of NSW, published on 18 December, is now available online. This issue includes eight papers, abstracts from nine recent PhD theses, and obituaries for two Fellows of the Society, Emeritus Professor Stephen Gaukroger FRSN FAHA (University of Sydney) and Emeritus Professor Ad...

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DEC
13

Society welcomes new Members and Fellows: December 2023

The Royal Society of NSW warmly welcomes 23 new members to the Society's ranks, effective from 29 November 2023. FellowsProfessor Sally CrippsProfessor Yingjie Jay GuoProfessor Richard HoldenProfessor Amir KartonDr Jiao Jiao LiProfessor Aduli Malau-AduliProfessor David MillerProfessor Deo PrasadProfessor Nicholas ReidProfessor Craig SimmonsProfesso...

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DEC
10

George Willis FRSN FAA wins the 2024 Australian Mathematical Society George Szekeres Medal

At the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) in early December, RSNSW Fellow and former Treasurer of the Society's Hunter Branch, Emeritus Professor George Willis FRSN FAA of the University of Newcastle, was announced as the winner of the AustMS George Szekeres Medal — the AustMS' most prestigious Medal that recognises...

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DEC
09

Roy Green FRSN appointed to the CSIRO Board

On 7 December 2023, the Minister for Industry and Science, Mr Ed Husic MP, announced the appointment of Society Fellow, Emeritus Professor Roy Green FRSN, to the Board of CSIRO. On his LinkedIn page, Mr Husic noted that Roy Green has been a massive champion of Australian industry, innovation, and advanced manufacturing — a believer in our nation’s ...

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NOV
30

Recent Events on YouTube: November 2023—updated 30 November

Most face-to-face events and all online events conducted by the Royal Society of New South Wales are recorded and made available for subsequent viewing on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/royalsocnsw. The past five weeks have been very active for the Society's Program Committee, with five events posted to YouTube. The 30th October 2023 featured a j...

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NOV
30

Society Fellow, Ben Quilty, awarded an Honorary AHA Fellowship

In November 2023, the Society was delighted to learn that the distinguished artist and Society Fellow, Ben Quilty FRSN FAHA, had been inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Ben Quilty, who lives and works in Gundungurra Country, south of Sydney, is widely known for his thick, gestural oil paintings. As...

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NOV
30

Society Fellow, Catharine Coleborne, awarded an AHA Fellowship

The Society was delighted to learn that Society Fellow, Professor Catherine Coleborne FRSN FASSA FAHA, Professor of History and Director, Research Ethics and Integrity at the University of Newcastle, had been inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities during November 2023. Professor Coleborne has received international recogni...

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NOV
29

Announcement of the Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2023

Collage of images of winners of the 2023 RSNSW Awards 2023

The Royal Society of New South Wales has long recognised distinguished achievements in various fields of knowledge through its Awards. Some are amongst the oldest in Australia while others are more recent. In this year, 2023, the Society has broadened and streamlined its Awards portfolio to recognise recent and evolving fields and disciplines, and ...

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NOV
28

Society Fellow, Robert Whittaker, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Western Sydney University

Recently the Society learned of an Honorary Doctorate being awarded to our Vice-President, Emeritus Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN, by Western Sydney University at its recent October 2023 graduations. The RSNSW Council was also delighted to belatedly learn of the same honour, an Honorary Doctor of Letters, being awarded to another of our Fellows ...

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NOV
26

Paul Jeans FRSN retires as University of Newcastle Chancellor

Paul Jeans FRSN was farewelled in style by town and gown at the “Celebration and Thank You to Our Chancellor” dinner in the Great Hall of the University of Newcastle on 24 November. Serving as Chancellor for the past ten years, Paul will be retiring from his role at the end of 2023. The speakers paying tribute to Paul were as one in saying what a p...

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NOV
17

Society Fellows awarded 2023 NSW Premier's Science and Engineering Prizes

Trevor McDougall
Schinici Nakagawa

The Royal Society of NSW was delighted to learn that two of its Fellows were named as recipients of the 2023 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering, announced at a ceremony held at Government House, Sydney on the evening of Wednesday, 15 November. Emeritus Professor Trevor McDougall AC FRS FRSN FAA of UNSW Sydney was named the 2023 NSW Sc...

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NOV
16

Society Fellow, Muireann Irish, awarded Fellowship of the Australian Social Sciences Academy

The Society was delighted to learn that Society Fellow, Professor Muireann Irish FRSN FASSA, an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience one the School of Psychology and the Brain and Mind Centre of the University of Sydney, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in November 2023. The Academy c...

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NOV
15

Society Fellow, Brynn Hibbert, awarded the RACI Leighton Medal

The Council of the Society was delighted to learn that Fellow and former Society President, Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert AM FRSN of the School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney has been awarded the 2023 Royal Australian Chemical Institute Leighton Memorial Medal, which recognises eminent services to chemistry in Australia. Brynn is a retired ana...

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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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