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.

YouTube and The Royal Society of New South Wales

At the tender age of 199, 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, including:

The Periodic Table: ‘.. a medley of haphazard facts falling into line and order

Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert AM FRSN takes a ramble through the table, telling stories that have been collected by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and explaining just how we discover and name new elements.

The COVID Curve in Context: or Back to the Future—something old and something new

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM FRSN, Royal Society of NSW and the University of Newcastle examines the pattern of health in Australia, how COVID-19 fits this pattern and what we can learn from past pandemics

Growing Black Tall Poppies

Professor Peter Radoll, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, University of Canberra considers the contradictions of success intersecting with race, higher education and Indigenous cultural values?

Architecture and the Cultivation of Vitality

Professor Pia Ednie-Brown School, Architecture & Built Environment, the University of Newcastle on how the spaces we create affect our well-being, our creativity and cultural vitality

Why Art Matters in Times of Crisis

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney discussed the interrelationship of science and creativity and what role museums and galleries can play in these unsettling times where social distancing is the norm.

Evidence and Education in a Post-Truth, Post-COVID World
Professor Brian Schmidt – Vice-Chancellor of Australian National University and Nobel Laureate in Physics delivers the Distinguished Fellow’s Lecture at the RSNSW (Virtual) Annual Dinner 2020. 

Drinking for three: Mother, baby and society
Professor Elizabeth Elliott discusses fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and the current state of play in Australia as part of her Open Lecture at the Societies 1283rd Ordinary General Meeting.

COVID-19 and confusion: the story of a nasty but nice viral receptor
A discussion of Recombinant ACE2 and SARS-CoV-2 presented at the Society’s Hunter Branch by Emeritus Professor Eugenie Lumber.

Ideas@theHouse: 21 May 2020 – Ten: the Mapping of Colonial Australia
Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy highlights a small part of cartographic history – the colonial period from 1788 to 1901. Telling a story through maps and records, covering a century where a jail of 1000 souls became an independent nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world. 

Speaking of Music … The Magic of Solo Violin
A celebration of the 300th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo violin pieces with a lecture by Dr David Hush FRSN and performance by the award-winning violinist Anna Da Silva Chen.

RSNSW and the Four Academies Forum 2019: Making SPACE for Australia
Lectures from the 2019 forum Making SPACE for Australia held in conjunction with the four Learned Academies, celebrating our great interest in the heavens, and the place of humanity in the cosmos. 

Governor presents Societies Awards 

Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, presented the Societies 2019 Awards at an appropriately socially distant ceremony at Government House on Thursday, 13 August. The Governor spoke appreciatively of the Society’s role in the intellectual life of New South Wales and stated how pleased she was to present the awards at the first major event held at the venue since the beginning of the pandemic response. Congratulations to all the awardees! 

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The Royal Society of Victoria Events 2020

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.

Leading scientists explore possible impossibilities at science week forum

The Victorian Parliament will partner with the Royal Society of Victoria to host a live online community forum exploring how science can help create the sort of future Victorians want. To be held on Sunday 23 August 2020 as part of National Science Week, the Possible Impossibles online forum will be hosted by award-winning ABC journalist Natasha Mitchell.

Four scientists working at the forefront of environmental science, new technologies, medical science and space exploration will answer questions from an online audience and reflect on the way science can respond to community demands to improve people’s lives…read more. 

Deciding the future: How our actions and choices influence climate change

That climate change is happening and that it is influenced by human activity are undeniable facts. Professor David Karoly, an internationally recognised expert on climate change, warns that it is a growing threat to human wellbeing, environmental ecosystems, and the entire planet. ‘There is much damage to come in the future,’ but we can limit it to avoid complete catastrophe.

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Falling Stars…

The falling stars hold a significant place in the traditions of Indigenous cultures around the world. They are embedded into orality – in story, song, dance, and material culture. 

Dr Tyseon Yunkaporta, in his presentation From Wolfe Creek to Tunguska: Meteorites in Cultural Traditionsspoke of a dynamic and diverse universe. Tyson belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland and is a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University. 

Indigenous knowledge is a dialogue – it the yarns, carvings, songs, and dances that change depending on the relationship of the people who are sharing it. With so many cultures, stories, and points of view, stories of the sky change according to where you stand truth is not an empirical thing, but an aggregate of stories and diversity…read more. 

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The Royal Society of Queensland latest news:

Research Fund – Calling All Citizen Scientists

Applications are now invited for grants from the Research Fund closing at midnight on 28 November 2020, under fresh guidelines. The new 2020 Funding Policy encourages applications from citizen science groups. However, to comply with taxation law, applicants will still be required to gain endorsement from a research institution…read more. 

History on display – National Science Week

Some of the early history of the Society has been placed on display in a blog post by the State Library of Queensland as part of its National Science Week program in August 2020.

Silvester Diggles, one of the founders of the Queensland Philosophical Society (member number 3), is featured in the blog post. One of Silvester’s descendants, marine scientist Dr Ben Diggles, is an active and prominent current member of the Society.

A Rangelands Dialogue: Towards a Sustainable Future – now published

Look ahead of the whimsy in this new Special Issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland. There are 26 serious papers – from pastoralists, scientists and policy specialists knowledgeable about the native pastures of Queensland’s inland. These are Short Communications and Opinion Pieces, capturing insights on a wide range of issues at a time when financial and environmental distress suggest that ‘business as usual’ is not an adequate strategy for this proportion – some three-quarters – of the State’s land area.

The Special Issue, known as Volume 127, is now published and available online free of charge under Creative Commons conditions.
The papers derive from the July 2019 Rangelands Policy Dialogue – see our Rural Policy Initiative web pages for more information.

Native vegetation management

In April 2020 Royal Society of Queensland members Philippa England and Nelson Quinn of Griffith University’s Law School trialled an online survey with a small number of stakeholders interested in the operation of Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act. Respondents were mostly current or previous landholders but other interested persons were invited to respond as well. Respondents were asked to comment on the following topics:

  • Mapping
  • Impact on land management
  • Authorised clearing activities including the codes
  • Area management plans
  • Economic impacts
  • Conservation areas on your land
  • Other comments; and comparisons with New South Wales.

Discussion Paper has been published.

Conservation covenants

Royal Society of Queensland embers Philippa England and Nelson Quinn of Griffith University’s Law School are undertaking project-driven research on the operation of the Vegetation Management Act in Queensland. 

The project aims to identify opportunities for incremental improvements to the legislation with a view to modernising its approach and aligning its goals and functions with ongoing developments in, for instance, markets for natural capital and ecosystem services. Pursuant to this research, they have compiled a table of some existing voluntary programs and schemes which support private landholders who wish to dedicate or manage some of their lands for conservation purposes. The information is limited to key programs operating in Queensland, New South Wales and at the Commonwealth level. A good source of additional information, covering all Australian jurisdictions, is Australia’s Nature Hub . This platform provides an online hub for funding programs and schemes of interest.

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Other Australian Royal Societies:

The Royal Society of Tasmania
The Royal Society of South Australia
The Royal Society of Western Australia