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

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Science for Science Fiction – A Conference for Science Fiction Writers


- SUNDAY, 30TH APRIL, 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 […]
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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!
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The Burke & Wills Memorial and the Melbourne Metro Rail Project


- The Society's governing Council has supported the Burke & Wills Historical Society's bid to have the memorial moved into the Golden Mile, on our land at the corner of Exhibition and Victoria, opposite the Exhibition gardens, and we presented our position to the Future Melbourne Committee last night.
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Intercultural Understandings from the Migrant Scientist


- This week's interviews of short-listed applicants have revealed a compelling array of stories from around the world and, in particular, confirmed many of the project proposal’s underlying assumptions. The general level of science training, expertise and acumen was very good and, with science educators in short supply in our country, plainly an opportunity going to waste.
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Migrant Science Communication Accelerator – New Program Launched


- Our pilot program will assist four Victorian, science-qualified migrants to tell their migration story while developing a science show that is both engaging and suitable for Victorian schools. We will train you to deliver it, and then help market it to schools through Cultural Infusion’s Schools Program.
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Professor Lloyd Hollenberg Awarded 2016 RSV Research Medal


- The Royal Society of Victoria is delighted to congratulate Professor Lloyd Hollenberg, this year's winner of the prestigious RSV Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research, the highest award the Society bestows on research-active Victorian scientists.