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Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2016

The winners of the Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2016 were presented with their Awards at the Society's Annual Dinner on Wednesday 3 May 2017 in the presence of the Governor of NSW His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) and Mrs Hurley. These prestigious Awards include the Edgeworth David Medal for young scientists, the Clarke Medal in the natural sciences, the Cook Medal and the History and Philosophy of Science Medal.


Past events 

November meetings

"A drop of Optics" was the title of the presentation delivered at the Society's 1227th OGM held at the Union, University and Schools Club in Sydney on Wednesday 5 November 2014 at 6:30 pm. The speakers were Dr Steve Lee and Dr Tri Phan, joint winners of the 2014 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.


The Liversidge Research Lecture in Chemistry

"Recent Studies on the Total Synthesis of Natural Products and Related Systems" was delivered by Professor Martin Banwell, Research School of Chemistry, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 6:15 pm in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.


The Royal Society of NSW Annual Dinner 2014

The Royal Society of NSW held its Annual Dinner for 2014 on Wednesday 7 May at the Union University and Schools Club in Sydney. Professor Barry Jones AC Dist FRSN was the guest-of-honour and delivered the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Lecture. The Society's Awards for 2013 were also presented.


Professor Barry Jones 


Professor Barry Jones AC Dist FRSN at the Royal Society of NSW Annual Dinner 2014


The Royal Society of NSW Forum 2013


Maths and science education in Australia - is there a crisis?


Forum 2013 panel


Left to right: Anthony Funnell, Brian Schmidt, Judith Wheeldon, Steven Schwartz, Merlin Crossley


Held for the second year in a row at Sydney's famous Powerhouse Museum, the 2013 Royal Society of NSW Forum attracted an enthusiastic audience to its Coles Theatre on Thursday 6 June. The event took the form of a discussion between distinguished thinkers Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel Prize winner, Steven Schwartz, former Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie and Brunel universities, Merlin Crossley, Dean of Science at the University of NSW and Judith Wheeldon, former Principal of both Abbotsleigh and Queenwood Schools in Sydney. 


Among other questions, the panellists covered: Will a falling focus on science and technology in education really be a problem for innovation in Australia? Is it a matter of basic education? Is it poor teaching? Is there a fundamental aversion to maths and science in Australia? Given our reliance on technology, why is there not a greater desire to utilise it and to develop it? Is there a “science literacy” problem in Australia? Why have we become passive about science and technology, rather than embracing it at its fundamental levels?


The Vote of thanks was proposed by the President of the RSA, Mr John Hardie.


The Forum was moderated by Anthony Funnell of the ABC’s Radio National and it will be broadcast on its Big Ideas program following the 8:00 pm News on Monday 17 June and again following the 10:00 pm News on Friday 21 June 2013.


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The Royal Society of Western Australia celebrated its Centenary in 2014 

Centenary event: WA on the threshold: New understanding, new discoveries and new opportunities with the SKA

Professor Peter Quinn, Executive Director, International Centre for Radioastronomy Research

Monday 27 October 2014 at 6:30 pm. LotteryWest Theatre, Sutherland St. West Perth

For more information go to the Events page on the RSWA website. Registration required.

Symposium: Our Biodiversity, past, present and future 

Speakers to include A/Prof Kate Trinajstic (Gogo Fish); Dr Mark Harvey (Invertebrate zoology); Dr Jane Fromont (Aquatic zoology)

Friday 21 November 2014, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the UWA University Club

Royal Society of Western Australia Centenary Cocktail Party

The Royal Society of Western Australia celebrated its Centenary in style with a invitation-only cocktail party held in the grand ballroom at Government House Perth on Thursday 17 July 2014. A highlight of the event was the presentation by Professor Lyn Beasley AO, the former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, on '100 Years of Science in Western Australia'. The event concluded with the presentation of the Society's student awards for 2014. The President of the RSA, Mr John Hardie, attended as a guest of the Royal Society of Western Australia.

The November 2013 Newsletter of the RSWA

The latest Newsletter of the Royal Society of Western Australia

The May 2013 Proceedings of the RSWA

The latest Proceedings from the Royal Society of WA includes information about the remaining talks for the year, some interesting articles and an obituary of Dr Alec Trendall, well-known geologist and cheese-maker extraordinaire.

Previous Royal Society of Western Australia monthly talks



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