The Royal Society of NSW and Learned Academies Forum 2023 – OUR 21st CENTURY BRAIN
The Royal Society of NSW held its 2023 Royal Society of New South Wales and Learned Academies Forum at Government House Sydney on Thursday 2 November 2023. This year’s Forum focused on recent progress in unravelling the workings of the brain and opportunities to use our emerging understanding to promote human wellbeing well beyond the 21st Century.
For more information and to access recordings of the event, please visit the RSNSW website.
Royal Society of New South Wales and Learned Academies Forum 2022 – RESHAPING AUSTRALIA: COMMUNITIES IN ACTION
On Thursday 3 November 2022 the Royal Society of NSW, in partnership with Australia’s Learned Academies, will spend the day exploring the dynamic of communities in action. It will canvass some of the latest research on the factors shaping disparities in social, economic and well-being outcomes for Australians and address four key areas – health, education, infrastructure, and the environment.
The Forum will highlight examples of community collaboration with business, not-for-profit, research, and government organisations to drive meaningful change. It will conclude with a consideration of how greater community participation might impact long-term policy development for the benefit of all Australians.
This is a livestreamed event. Free registration through Eventbrite is required.
YouTube and The Royal Society of New South Wales
At the tender age of 200, the Royal Society of New South Wales has launched their own YouTube Channel to make virtual events, lectures and performances freely available to the public. Take a look!
Society Fellow awarded Ecological Society of Australia Gold Medal
The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Professor Richard Kingsford FRSN of UNSW Sydney, on being awarded a Gold Medal by the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) for 2021. The Gold Medals awarded each year by the ESA recognise the impact of the work of leading Australian ecologists.
Professor Kingsford, who is a river ecologist and conservation biologist, and Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW Sydney, has made a significant contribution to understanding the impact of water resource developments on rivers and wetlands. He has worked extensively across the wetlands and rivers of the Murray-Darling and Lake Eyre Basins and leads the Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey, running since 1983 and spanning approximately one-third of the continent…read more.
NSW Government provides new sponsorship for the Society
The Society is delighted to announce that the NSW Government, through the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, is providing a three-year sponsorship for its ongoing operations.
In announcing the sponsorship, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, said “The Royal Society’s stated mission is more important today than ever: ‘To contribute to a just, secure and sustainable society… by providing authentic and authoritative information and enlightenment on a wide range of subjects, addressing national and global challenges, and recognising and promoting excellence’ ”.
In thanking the NSW Government for its generous sponsorship, the Society President, Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN, noted that “it will allow Society to expand its vision of enriching lives through knowledge and enquiry, and importantly, support the Premier’s Priority of making a significant difference to the quality of life of the people of NSW.”
For further information, please see the press release issued by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.
Attila Brungs FRSN FTSE named as next UNSW Vice-Chancellor
The Council of the Royal Society of NSW warmly congratulates one of its Fellows, Attila Brungs FRSN FTSE, on being named as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Professor Brungs, currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2014, has had a distinguished career in the academic, research and business sectors. He is a science graduate of UNSW, and has a PhD from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Before joining UTS as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in 2009, he spent seven years in senior roles at CSIRO in the areas of science investment and strategy and in business development, and four years at McKinsey and Co…read more.
Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN elected President of the Royal Society of NSW
The RSA congratulates Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN on her recent election to the role of President of the Royal Society of NSW. She follows Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan AO FRSN FAA in the role. The RSA would also like to thank Professor Sloan for his support of the RSA during his three-year tenure of the role. See here for a message from Dr Pond about her new role.
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