The Royal Society of Victoria convenes Victoria’s science community. It is the State’s oldest learned society and a part of Australia’s intellectual life since 1854. Located in a heritage-listed building at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, the Society provides a dynamic program of lectures, symposia and forums about science.

Membership is open to anyone interested in science, its history and supporting its promotion for the benefit of the community.

Through the RSV Science Foundation, the Society supports community outreach and scientific research through an awards program, recognising lifetime achievements and encouraging early career progression of Victorian scientists through a suite of special honours and prizes.

Free public lectures on compelling topics across the disciplines are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. See our upcoming lectures featured on this page, or view the full year’s program of lectures here. While attendance is free, numbers are limited and we recommend booking your place; details are available on each event’s page.

Recent Updates

A New Fellow of the Royal Society of Victoria


- Society members and guests were delighted to welcome and induct Professor Peter Doherty AC as our 2017 Fellow. Peter is well known in the science community as a vigorous advocate for the role of science in society and a proponent of the scientific method. He is celebrated for his outstanding achievement in the field of infection control and immunology, recognised through the award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1996.

Meet our New President


- David Zerman was inducted as the RSV's 71st President at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 27th April. "I am exceptionally honoured to have been elected the 71st President of the RSV. My predecessors since the RSV was established in 1854 include some very notable people who have contributed to the scientific and community development of Victoria, Australia and internationally. "

Call for Nominations – The RSV Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research


- Since its Centenary year (1959) the Royal Society of Victoria has awarded an annual Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research. The Award consists of a Silver Medal, which recognises outstanding contributions to scientific research in one of four categories, which rotate from year to year. In 2017, nominations are invited for the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in Category I: Biological Sciences (non-human).

RSV Support for March for Science Melbourne


- SATURDAY, 22 APRIL, 2017. Many of our members have indicated their alarm at the recent tenor of domestic and global political debate and rhetoric, particularly where this foments uncertainty around the validity and integrity of scientists and the scientific process, apparently to suit ideological or commercial agendas before the interests of sound objective reasoning and evidence-based decision making.

Science for Science Fiction – A Conference for Science Fiction Writers


- SUNDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 What do the great innovators in the modern world have in common?  They all read science fiction. The Royal Society of Victoria, in partnership with Aurealis Magazine and proudly supported by the Emerging Writer’s Festival, presents a conference which explores the symbiosis between science and science fiction, where new and established authors can hear […]

Call for Submissions: 2017 Young Scientist Research Prizes


- Prizes across four categories of science are available to doctoral candidates who have completed at least three years of their PhD (or equivalent). With four first prizes valued at $1000 each, and an opportunity to present your research work to Victoria's oldest learned society, consider your application today!