The latest from some of Australia's Royal Societies

royal society nsw logoFrom the Royal Society of New South Wales

Royal Society of NSW Annual Dinner for 2019 and presentation of Awards for 2018

The winners of the Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2018 were presented with their Awards at the Society's very successful Annual Dinner held at the Swissotel, Sydney on Friday 10 May 2019 in the presence of the incoming Governor of NSW Her Excellency The Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC. At the dinner, Her Excellency announced that she would be pleased to accept the Society's invitation to be the Patron of the Society. These prestigious Awards include the Edgeworth David Medal for young scientists, the Clarke Medal in the natural sciences, the Cook Medal and the History and Philosophy of Science Medal. 


The Distinguished Fellows Address for 2019 was delivered at the dinner by the 2018 Australian of the Year Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons FRS DistFRSN FAA. Also at this event, Distinguished Fellowship was bestowed upon the eminent jurist Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE FRSN QC.

The Royal Society of NSW Monthly meetings now held at the State Library of NSW

The Royal Society of NSW is now holding its monthly Ordinary General Meetings in the Galleries of the Mitchell wing of the State Library of NSW. This allows for an expanded audience and with the post-meeting dinner held at the same venue. Refreshments are served prior to each meeting. Forthcoming events of the Royal Society of NSW.

Past events  

The Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum 2018


The RSNSW and Four Academies Forum took place on Thursday 29 November 2018, hosted by His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales at Government House, Sydney. The title of the event was:


Towards a prosperous and sustainable Australia: what now for the lucky country?

Held for the fourth year in a row at Sydney's Government House, the 2018 Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum attracted an enthusiastic audience. The proceedings will be published in the Society's Journal and Proceedings. The 2019 Forum is scheduled for Thursday 7 November at Government House Sydney.


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Royal Society of Queensland logoFrom the Royal Society of Queensland

Rangelands Policy Dialogue: 1 and 2 July 2019

An interactive workshop held in Brisbane on 1 and 2 July 2019 brought together people with knowledge of rural and regional Queensland to craft a strategy that can lead the pastoral industry to a future that is sustainably profitable and environmentally sustainable. Drought policy, stewardship incentives, climate change and many other themes were covered. This workshop, co-organised with AgForce, representing broadacre rural industry and NRM Regions Queensland, representing the 12 regional NRM bodies, aimed to recalibrate policy for Queensland’s pastoral estate towards sustainable prosperity and environmental sustainability in an era of farm debt and climate change. Unlike usual conferences, most of the time was given over to discussion. Short provocations and context-setting comments were invited from a number of expert opinion leaders. The end output sought was a "Rangelands Roadmap" declaration that, after ratification, will be presented to government and business leaders at a subsequent event.


Details are on the Society's Rangelands Policy Dialogue page.

Queensland Science Network

The Queensland Science Network is a collaboration between Queensland's knowledge-based science societies to promote science events and activities and to share knowledge. (The site is not intended to showcase local conservation activist groups or environmental campaigns). It is a new initiative, aiming to give a simple portal for the general public into non-government, non-university science. One index page has been allocated to each member society, along with a central News stand, Events calendar and Resources library.


His Excellency the Governor of Queensland agreed to launch the Network and its website at a reception in Government House on 13 June. Please contact the Society for details.

Springs of the Great Artesian Basin

The Society intends to publish a Special Issue of its Proceedings on Springs of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) in early 2020.  This publication will capture articles ranging from historic and contemporary narratives, indigenous perspectives, scientific papers (geohydrology, ecology, management and conservation), thesis abstracts and opinion pieces, in a volume of some 30 items. The unique nature of a Special Issue provides an opportunity to be creative and reflective. The editors welcome styles of submission beyond the standard scientific format.  Please consult the website for further details.


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