Royal Society of NSW Meeting Presentations

Since 2020, almost all of the Society's meetings, either face-to-face or online, have been recorded and made available on our YouTube channel.  This page provides access to such content, where permission to do so has been granted by the author(s), and is made available under either a Creative Commons (CC-BY) licence or a standard YouTube licence unless otherwise stated.  It includes video and audio presentations (with links to  YouTube) and slides (in pdf format) presented at Society meetings, where these are of general interest.

This page lists the content for 2023 and 2024

Content from earlier years can be found in the following archive pages for 20202021,   2022.


1321st OGM and Open Lecture — 1 May 2024
“Brain Health Equity – a new frontier for healthy longevity”
Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey FRSN FASSA FAHMS
Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing
Neuroscience. Australia, UNSW Sydney

1320th OGM and Open Lecture — 17 April 2024
“Putting the 'Civil' Back in Civil Society”
Emeritus Professor Peter Shergold AC FRSN (1) and Professor Kristy Muir (2)
(1) Vice-President, Royal Society of NSW, and
(2) Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation

Hunter Branch Meeting 2024-2 — 11 April 2024
“Conservation, Frogs, and Citizen Science”
Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi
Honorary Professor Michael Mahony AM
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Newcastle

Ideas@theHouse: March 2024 — 6 March 2024
“Shakespeare on politics — what can we learn”
John Bell AO OBE
Founder and Former Artistic Director
Bell Shakespeare

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2024-1 — 28 February 2024
“Parasites, Australia's silent threat: coincidence, nature's hand, or policy complacency”
Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi
Professor of Veterinary Parasitology
Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and Environment
Charles Sturt University

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies 2024 — 21 February 2024
“Resilience before Readiness — '... for the want of a horseshoe nail'”
Vince Di Pietro AM CSC FRSN
Former Commodore, RAN and Former CEO, Lockheed-Martin Australia

1319th OGM and Open Lecture — 7 February 2024
“Productivity: what is it, and why it matters”
Emeritus Professor Roy Green AM FRSN
Special Innovation Advisor
University of TechnologySydney


1318th OGM and Lecture by the 2022 James Cook Medal Winner — 29 November 2023
“What do we really know about 20th- and 21st-century sea-level change?”
Emeritus Professor John Church AO FAA FTSE
Climate Change Research Centre
UNSW Sydney

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-4 — 16 November 2023
“Thirst for power — the rivers of conflict in Southeast Asia”
Professor Lee Baumgartner
Executive Director
Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water, and Environment
Charles Sturt University

1317th OGM and 2022 Clarke Memorial Lecture — 8 November 2023
“Caves as observatories of groundwater recharge”
Professor Andy Baker FAGU
School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
UNSW Sydney

Joint UNE SRI and RSNSW Presentation 2023-1: 30 October 2023
“CleanTech Futures 2023: Electrification and opportunities for community and business”
Professor Renate Egan
Executive Director
Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
UNSW Sydney

1316th OGM and Open Lecture — 4 October 2023
“Australia’s nuclear future: a new discourse for the 2040s”
Helen Cook (1) and Dr Adi Paterson FRSN FTSE (2)
(1) Principal, GNE Advisory
Former CEO, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

1315th OGM and Open Lecture — 6 September 2023
“Challenges for Open Enquiry and Scholarship in a Divided Age”
Professor Alan Davison
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-3 — 16 August 2023
“Behavioural data science as a game changer”
Professor Ganna Pogrebna
Executive Director
Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Futures Institute
Charles Sturt University

Ideas@theHouse: August 2023 — 10 August 2023
“Ideas for marine stewardship and sustainability in a time of acceleration”
Professor Emma Johnston AO FRSN FAA FTSE
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Sydney

1314th OGM and Open Lecture — 2 August 2023
“Convergence: the hybridisation of the future”
In conversation: Dr Catherine Ball and Maria MacNamara

RSNSW Online Meeting 2023-2 — 5 July 2023
“What we need to know about the Voice — before we vote”
Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AC DistFRSN
Professor Megan Davis FRSN FASSA
Christopher Puplick AM
Dean Ashenden

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-2 — 15 June 2023
“A new history of Australian political thought”
Professor Wayne Hudson FAHA
Adjunct Research Professor
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Charles Sturt University

Ideas@theHouse: June 2023 — 14 June 2023
“Importance of scientific ideas and discovery to Australia's future”
Australia's Chief Scientist

1313th OGM and Open Lecture — 7 June 2023
“Making rights a reality — the need for a Human Rights Act for Australia”
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FAAL
Australian Human Rights Commission

RSNSW Online Meeting 2023-1 — 5 May 2023
“Artificial Intelligence myths debunked — how AI is transforming humanity for the global good”
Professor Michael Blumenstein FACS
Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering and IT
University of Technology Sydney

Western NSW Branch Meeting 2023-1 — 20 April 2023
“Children should be seen AND heard: the importance of communication so children can thrive”
Professor Sharynne McLeod FRSN FASSA
Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition
Charles Sturt University

1312th OGM and 2019 Clarke Memorial Lecture — 5 April 2023
“Reconstructing ancient oceans, sea-level fluctuations, the deep carbon cycle and biodiversity”
Professor Dietmar Müller FAA FAGU
Professor of Geoophysics
University of Sydney

1311th OGM and Open Lecture — 15 March 2023
“Royal Society of NSW 2022 Student Award Presentations”
Shankar Dutt (1), Clara Liu Chung Ming (2), Thomas Mesaglio (3), Anyang Zhao (1)
PhD Candidates
(1) Australian National University
(2) University of Technology Sydney
(3) UNSW Sydney

Ideas@theHouse: March 2023 — 2 March 2023
“Aristotle on life and thought in the sub-lunary sphere”
Dr John Vallance FRSN FAHA
State Librarian of New South Wales

1310th OGM and Open Lecture — 1 February 2023
“Drones, Smart Munitions and Cyberspace: 21st Century Defence of Ukraine and implications for Australia”
Major General (Retd) Fergus McLachlan AO
Colonel (Retd) Andrew Condon

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