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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A Statement of Support for Marriage Equality


- As those registered to participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey receive and return their forms over the coming weeks, the Executive Committee and Council of the Royal Society of Victoria wishes to express and explain its support for marriage equality in Australia, acknowledging there will be a plurality of views on this matter within our broad membership. Many are questioning why legislation recognising the rights of couples from the same gender to marry is legally required. We've examined the matter carefully and this position paper presents our conclusions.
Kaye Morgan

Dr Kaye Morgan wins 2017 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award


- We are delighted to announce Dr Kaye Susannah Morgan is this year's recipient of the prestigious Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for the Physical Sciences. Dr Morgan is currently a VESKI Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Physics at her alma mater, Monash University, and is the Chair of Biomedical Physics with the Technische Universität München in Germany. In addition to her remarkable research into soft-tissue, multi-modal, x-ray imaging techniques, Kaye also supervises the next generation of physics PhDs and teaches a Masters course in image processing for physics.

The Young Scientist Research Prizes – 2017 Competition Results


- As finalists from a very competitive applicant pool of 41 final year PhDs from across Victorian research institutions, our newest members of the Royal Society of Victoria had already demonstrated the excellence of their scientific research before they even walked in the front door; the final task before them was to communicate the methods and significance of their complex work to a general audience of scientists and science enthusiasts in a clear, concise and engaging presentation of no more than 10 minutes!
Dr Alan Finkel

The Finkel Review into the Future National Electricity Market


- This Independent Review provides a blueprint for introducing security, reliability and emission abatement into a policy area that has been recognised Australia-wide as lacking national direction. The panel has worked hard to provide a means of breaking an entrenched political deadlock which has reduced investment and stifled development in this country, despite our significant sources of renewable energy. The RSV's Executive commends the leadership of the Chief Scientist in the development and delivery of this Independent Review and the dissemination of its findings.

RSV Fundraiser: The Ellery Theatre Project


- Please support the major audio visual upgrade of our heritage listed Ellery Theatre so we can broadcast our events, forums and presentations in an engaging, interactive format to the broader Victorian community. We aim to raise $50,000 from our community of members and friends, with the additional $180,000 to be sourced from philanthropic trusts and foundations, corporate supporters and government partners. It is a large undertaking for the Society, which has not seen a substantial technical investment in its facilities for some decades.

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.