Latest news from the RSA

The Royal Society of Queensland joins the RSA

The Council of the Royal Society of Queensland has decided to formally join the Royal Societies of Australia. In doing so it  recognises the national dimension of many of the policy issues that impact on Queensland's scientists. The RSA would like to welcome the RSQ into the national conversation and looks forward to the contribution of its unique perspectives to its future directions.

The Governor-General accepts role as Patron of the RSA

The Office of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has informed the RSA that His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd.) has accepted the RSA's invitation to become Patron of the organisation. 

P/T Coordinator joins the RSA

As part of its agreement with the Australian Academy of Science, the RSA has appointed a part-time Coordinator, Clare McLellan, to work in conjunction with the Academy where the position is based. The role is two days per week with the other three days devoted to archival and other work for the Academy. 

The RSA and the Australian Academy of Science sign landmark agreement

The RSA is pleased to announce that the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Societies of Australia have signed an agreement whereby the two organisations will share a position located in Canberra which will enable the RSA to have a presence in the nation's capital. The role will be based in the Academy's buildings in Canberra and will be responsible for coordinating and managing the activities of the RSA, as well as assisting the Academy to manage its archive collection. More information about the role will be posted as it develops.


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National Science Week again an outstanding success! This year's event took place from 10 - 18 August 2019 right across Australia. This annual celebration of science in Australia is an opportunity to enjoy and explore the wonders of science and their importance and relevance to our very existence and well-being. As in previous years, there were hundreds of events held across Australia during the week, including some organised by Australia's Royal Societies. Visit the National Science Week website to find out more.



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The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. The RSA congratulates all 2019 winners, selected from an outstanding field of shortlisted contenders, for their incredible work. We also congratulate all past winners on their amazing achievements. More information on The Eureka Prizes website.





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Congratulations to Associate Professor Elizabeth New from the University of Sydney, the winner of the 2019 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. The award was formally presented by the Prime Minister at a dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday 16 October 2019. Associate Professor New is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and was recognised for pioneering imaging tools that allow scientists to see deeper into cells than ever before. For more details of the prizes and past winners and past winners see the Prime Minister's Science Prizes website.





The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Annual Information Statement for the Royal Societies of Australia for 2018 has been submitted.


The RSA website is being revised and a new more comprehensive site will appear at this address soon. 


The RSA Constitution is being further revised in order to simplify it and make it more relevant to member organisations. All Royal Societies across Australia have been asked to contribute to the consultation process, which continues.


Welcome to the Royal Societies of Australia website


The Royal Societies of Australia (RSA) is a national organisation which represents and advocates for the efforts and joint views of Australia's Royal Societies, some of the oldest learned societies in the Southern Hemisphere. The RSA provides a framework for coordinating nationally focussed events and representation across Australia.


It facilitates the creation of a single voice for its member societies thereby allowing them to present their collective views to the federal government and its agencies, to business and to the community nationally.



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