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RSV Membership

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Membership of the Royal Society of Victoria is open to anyone interested in science, science education or science promotion. Our members form a network of people with an interest in scientific developments and the social impact of the sciences at global and local levels – we are a broad collective from academia, industry, government, schooling and further afield with a strong interest in the sciences and a commitment to its standing and status in the community. Women have been members of the Society since 1889 and we are committed to growing our vibrant membership base and future leadership with both cultural and gender diversity in mind.

The Society is comprised of, and governed by, its members. RSV Council members and officers are elected from the general membership, and participation in the committees of Council focused on science policy and communications, the science program, our outreach and partnership activities, our publications and records and the membership activities program is open to all RSV members.

Fees from annual membership subscriptions are an important avenue of support for the RSV’s programs. From late 2021, we have standardised our membership categories to provide Full Membership (for adults of employment age) and Student Membership (for students enrolled full time at a Victorian education institution). If you have enjoyed participating in our activities as a friend, or would like to explore opportunities for a deeper involvement with our community through the promotion of science, we would be delighted to welcome you as a member.

The Society:

  • fosters, recognises and rewards excellent Victorian scientists across their career trajectory through awards and prizes
  • promotes understanding of science in the community
  • promotes science literacy and education so that people of all ages know about and understand the value of science
  • assists and lobbies governments on issues relating to science and evidence-based decision making

Membership of the Society provides you with an opportunity to:

  • learn about developments in a wide range of science disciplines and how these can be applied to issues confronting Victoria through our lecture program and symposia
  • meet and share knowledge with like-minded people
  • collaborate with colleagues to deliver the Society’s various programs and projects, using (and developing) your professional skills and experience
  • access discounts to RSV events and forums, and (limited) car parking in the Melbourne CBD.

A current membership of the Royal Society of Victorian entitles the use of the professional postnominal ‘MRSV.’ Those elected as Fellows of the Society are entitled to the postnominal ‘FRSV.’

Please enquire at 03 9663 5259 about the cost of purchasing a Corporate Membership or about becoming a Sponsor of the Inspiring Victoria program (including National Science Week).

If you do not know a current member to nominate you, let us know that you are seeking a nominator via the application process and we will facilitate introductions.

Click here to read the Society’s Rules and Bylaws.