The Royal Society of New South Wales events:

The Royal Society of New South Wales latest news:

After careful consideration and in line with evolving advice from Commonwealth and State health authorities regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Royal Society of New South Wales has decided to suspend face-to-face meeting for the immediate future. Options to provide a program of events through video streaming are underway.

Professors Froyland and Joliffe elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science 

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted to learn of two of its Fellows, Professor Gary Froyland and Professor Katrina Joliffe, being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in May 2020.

As Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, they are among Australia’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research…read more.

The Royal Society of NSW and Ideas@theHouse inaugural lecture – Ten: the Mapping of colonial Australia –  is now available on the Societies YouTube Channel!

Ideas@theHouse is the brainchild of Her Excellency, The Honourable Margaret Beazley, Governor of NSW – originally planned as a series of public talks at Government House on influential ideas, now a fascinating series of webinars.

Maps are documents of history – the printed map has been available for 500 years and has parallels in the oral histories, astronomy and artworks of the original inhabitants New South Wales. This lecture covers a small part of the cartographic story, the colonial period from 1788 – 1907, using maps and records to tell the story of how the British plan for a “goal of 1000 souls” became the independent nation of Australia we know more.

Society Fellow awarded a prestigious international fellowship

The Royal Society of NSW is delighted that Professor John Shine AC FRS FRSN FAA has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Professor Shine is well known for his role in discovering the Shine-Dalgarno gene sequence and was responsible for the initiation and termination of protein synthesis. He was a central figure in the cloning of insulin and growth hormone gene, was the first to clone a human gene and the first to demonstrate that human genes cloned in bacteria could be expressed in a biologically active form…read more.

Quantum computing startup led by Royal Society of NSW Fellow joings the IBM Q Network

Archer Materials, an Australian startup led by CEO Dr Mohammad Choucair – a Fellow of the RSNSW has just joined the IBM Q Network. Archer is developing room-temperature quantum computing technology and is the first Australian company to join the IBM Q network as an ecosystem partner. 

Dr Choucair speaking with the industry newsletter ZDNet spoke of advancing the commercial readiness of Archer’s 12CQ qubit technology and his desire that Australian businesses and consumers will be amongst the first beneficiaries of this exciting new technology. Chip prototypes for the 12CQ qubit processor are being built at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney.

Vale Lord Robert May of Oxford; a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW

The Society is saddened to learn of the death of one of its Distinguished Fellows, Lord May of Oxford OM AC Kt FRS DistFRSN FAA FTSE HonFAIB, on 28 April 2020, aged 84. Lord May was a pioneering Australian scientist whose work in biology led to the development of chaos theory. He was one of Australia’s most accomplished scientists…read more.

Outstanding contributions recognised by the RSNSW Medal and Citations

The Royal Society of NSW recognises Members and Fellows who have made important contributions to the Society and its work. This April,
at the 1282nd Ordinary General Meeting, the Society Medal for 2019 was awarded to Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert AM FRSN, a past President and current Vice-President of the RSNSW, while Citations for 2019 were awarded to past Council members Dr Eric Aslaksen FRSN and Professor E. James Kehoe FRSN.

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The Royal Society of Victoria latest news:

After careful consideration and in line with evolving advice from Commonwealth and State health authorities regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Royal Society of Victoria has decided that all meetings and lectures will be held online to ensure the safety of members, tenants, clients, guests and staff. The Society is working with scheduled speakers and public lectures will be live streamed. 

From the President: The RSV’s response to COVID-19

The President and Council of the Royal Society of Victoria have issued an update on the Societies upcoming plans in as affected by the COVID-19 pandemic…read more.

The The RSV building is closed until 30 June (subject to review)

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve globally, the Royal Society of Victoria wishes to provide their members, tenants, partners and clients with an update on the steps taken to minimise disruption to operations and enduring mission to promote science. At this time a decision has been made to close our building in the Melbourne CBD. …read more.

Seeing the Smoke

“Smoke never has just a minimal impact,” says Dr Martin Cope, Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. In a new article following a presentation on 26 March, 2020 titled “AQFx – An Australian Smoke Forecasting System” by organic chemist Dr Martin Cope, Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre, to an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society of Victoria via Zoom…read more. 

Light Conversations: Sustainable Solar Energy

In Victoria, most of our electricity comes from the burning of brown coal mined in the Latrobe Valley. But the origins of that energy are from the Sun. Most of the energy on Earth originates from the Sun. Organic chemist Dr Wallace Wong and the RSV explain harvesting this energy directly to produce clean energy without reliance on fossil fuels…read more. 

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The Royal Society of Queensland latest news:

Spanish exploration of northern Australia – Steve Hutcheon

The curiosity of Member Steve Hutcheon – who has an eclectic interest in Queensland’s early explorers and naturalists – was recently piqued upon learning of a letter by one J.E. Richter in The Sydney Morning Herald of 22 June 1872, page 7d, referring to Spanish exploration of northern Australia between 1640 and 1650. Steve Hutcheon is seeking contact from anyone who might have some knowledge of these voyages or is familiar with the Spanish archives. Read more on his Members’ Interest page.

Eungella Rainforest – themed proceedings now available

The Land of Clouds Revisited – a Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland has been published on the biology and ecology of the rainforests of the Eungella area inland from Mackay. Further details are on our Proceedings page where the full text appears in digital form…read more.

Call for papers for annual Proceedings

Papers are now invited for Volume 129 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 2020.  Details on the Proceedings page. Short communications, student abstracts and opinion pieces are welcome, as well as conventional research articles. This venerable journal has been in continuous print publication since 1884.

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Professor Ray Specht honoured

The Society is delighted that Life Member Prof Ray Specht has been honoured in the Australia Day awards with the title of Order of Australia. The official citation catalogues some of Prof Specht’s achievements during a remarkable career of more than 70 years of active research, commencing with the 1948 international expedition to Arnhem Land. (See photo of the young Ray Specht preparing for that journey). A summary of his research is included in a “Retrospective” on this website. Congratulations Prof Specht.

Rangelands Policy Dialogue: 1 – 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.

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