2020 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 under investigation.

The pandemic and the Royal Society of New South Wales:

The RSNSW has issued a statement assuring all Members and Fellows of the Royal Society of NSW that the Society’s Council takes very seriously its responsibility to safeguard the health of all its people through the present pandemic…read more.

Speaking of the Music…the Magic of the Violin

On 27 February 2020, the Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts presented a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Bach’s solo violin pieces with a lecture by Dr David Hush FRSN on Bach’s enduring popularity and influence. The evening featured performances by award-winning violinist Anna Da Silva Chen of Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1 in G minor BWV 1001 and the World Premiere of Partita for Solo Violin (2019), composed by David Hush and commissioned by the Royal Society.

The evening’s program can be accessed from the Royal Society’s YouTube Channel through the following playlist links: Lecture 1; J.S Back Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G Minor, BWV; Lecture Part 2; David Hush Partita for Solo Violin; Questions and Answers.

Release of videos from the RSNSW Space Forum: Launch of RSNSW YouTube Channel

In the spirit of advancing knowledge, the Royal Society of NSW is making available the videos from the 7th November 2019 Forum “Making SPACE for Australia”, held in conjunction with the four Learned Academies. The videos and related slide presentations for each individual speaker have been uploaded to the Society’s YouTube channel, launched on 19 March 2020.

You can conveniently access these via the Making SPACE article which provides the event’s program and speaker list (with links to the video and presentation slide content), together with a report on the day. You are welcome to share these links or the link to any individual presentation via your own communication channels.

RSNSW Fellow named NSW Woman of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Professor Maria Kavallaris AM FRSN, a leading childhood cancer researcher and a fellow of the Royal Societies of New South Wales, who has been named NSW Women of the Year for 2020!

The Royal Society of New South Wales has announced its award recipients for 2019

 Each year, the Council of the Royal Society of New South Wales grants a number of honours in the field of science. They are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Australia with a selection committee comprised of the Deans of Science from several NSW Universities under the chairmanship of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.
Congratulations to all the winners!

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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.

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.

2020 RSV Fellows appointed

The Society is delighted to announce that during the Council Meeting of 27 February 2020 it was unanimously agreed to appoint four leaders in the Victorian science community as Fellows of the Royal Society of Victoria! Being elected a fellow is the highest membership honor the Society can bestow on a person, and each person will be formally inducted as part of the Societies Annual General Meeting Program in May…read more. 

Shining a light on patients

Dr Rajesh Ramanathan combines nanoparticles with light to achieve a wide range of biomedical applications. From sensing chemicals and bacteria, to healing wounds and imaging patients, his nanotechnology is at the forefront of biomedical science and its potential is endless. Winner of the 2019 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences, Dr Ramanathan shared his journey to incorporate elements of nature into the design of nanoparticles for a wide range of biomedical applications…Read more.

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The Royal Society of Queensland latest news:

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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Other Australian Royal Societies:

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