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

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.

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.