The Royal Society of Victoria is our State’s scientific society, founded in 1854. The Society convenes an independent community of science practitioners, educators, industrialists and enthusiasts to promote the understanding and utilisation of scientific knowledge for the benefit of the State of Victoria. Membership is open to any individuals or organisations keen to be involved.

We broker engagement between practitioners of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM) and the broader Victorian community, seeking to improve general scientific literacy, evidence-based decision making and the translation of scientific knowledge into purposeful actions in our State.

Headquartered on Wurundjeri land in a heritage-listed building at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, the Society provides a statewide program of outreach, partnerships, lectures, forums, programs and projects. A further overview of who we are and what we do is available at our About Us page.

Recent Updates

Future Healthcare Solutions Explored at Monash Tech School

- Secondary school students have been thinking about how they could transform healthcare as part of programs run by the Monash Tech School. They have taken on the role of scientists, and combined scientific disciplines to design and prototype cutting-edge solutions that tackle challenges experienced by workers and patients in Victoria’s healthcare system.

The Goals of the Goals: The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

- How can we, as a collective of 7.97 billion humans, ensure healthy people and healthy ecosystems on a healthy planet? The scale and complexity of the task can seem insurmountable; where do we focus our efforts? The SDGs helfpully provide 17 priority goals for improving human lives while protecting the environment, building on decades of work by the UN.

Natalia Trayanova: Queen of (Digital) Hearts and Innovative Cardiology

- When it comes to your heartbeat, you want it the way Goldilocks does: just right. The improper beating of the heart – whether too slow or too fast or irregular – is known as arrhythmia. Biomedical engineer Professor Natalia Trayanova is revolutionising the way we track and treat our hearts with incredible new digital technologies to assist clinicians.

The Future of Mental Healthcare: Lessons from Barwon

- Change is difficult when investment and leadership in the mental healthcare system is poor. Victoria’s monetary investment is low compared with the rest of Australia, and grossly disproportionate compared with funding for physical health. Without a federal level discussion of what is needed and who is responsible in terms of leadership and funding, it will be difficult to implement change.

Melbourne’s Urban Waterways: Past, Present and Future

- Despite the changes that occurred after European settlement, Melbourne's urban waterways still contain remnant ecosystems, which faintly echo the diversity they once displayed. In addition to their contribution to the city’s environmental values, urban waterways also provide important social, economic, and aesthetic benefits.

Healthy Habitats: Rethinking Urban Design for Environmental and Human Health

- Dr Ross Wissing's decade working in WaterWatch showed him how to help local communities work with natural resource managers to learn about, understand, and improve the health of their local waterways. Ross fears declining investment means many of the mistakes of the past, and lessons learned, have been forgotten - and are now being repeated.

Opportunities from Treating Wastewater with Microalgae

- Microalgae have been gaining attention as a sustainable, less energy-intensive method for wastewater treatment. This involves growing them in the effluent, where they consume compounds containing nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as heavy metals, pesticides, and particular toxins. Microalgae view these as valuable nutrients, effectively removing pollutants from the water.

Driving Adaptation: Changing the Narrative of Water in Victoria

- A lot must go right for us to have water for people and the environment here in Victoria. It’s got to be the right amount, of the right quality, at the right time and place. It’s something that many of us take for granted. The systems and institutions that get that water to us—the infrastructure, governance, maintenance practices, and demand management—are largely invisible to us.

Our Great (but Tricky) Benefactor – the Hydrologic Cycle

- In the latter part of the last century “cloud-seeding” was the favoured way to make it rain on a local catchment, likely at the expense of rainfall in some distant and unknown place. Historians have noted that, often, one of the first acts of colonial powers has been to modify the hydrologic cycle to their advantage by building channels and dams.