Upcoming Events

Talks, Tours, Lectures, Conferences & Symposia

The Royal Society of Victoria offers a rich program of events concerned with science in Victoria and its place in our society. Our lectures are generally provided on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The lectures are low cost and open to the public, free to our members. Evening lectures generally start at 7:00pm and lunchtime lectures at 12:00pm. The venue is the Society’s Ellery Theatre, upstairs at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne. The lecture series represents the “ordinary meetings” of the Royal Society of Victoria.

For a small cost, members and guests are also invited to socialise and network over food and drink; tickets for both lectures and social components are available from each event’s page. Details are provided below under each heading.

Upcoming Lectures:

Date/Time Event
Friday 14 September, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Delivering the 2018 Victorian State of the Environment Report

Dr Gillian Sparkes
Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victorian Government

Upcoming Collaborative Events:

The Royal Society of Victoria provides a platform to partners and friends to present opportunities for collaboration in the research sector, the science education and promotion network, the science communication and writing community, or to promote participation, diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.

Date/Time Event
Saturday 18 August, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
You and Your Racist Brain: the Neuroscience of Prejudice

In large part, racism stems from the human brain’s tendency to engage in prejudice, a process that allows our brains to make judgments based on visual information in milliseconds. These preconceived opinions about other people are not based on reason or experience but on instinct — and they have a basis in neuroscience. But why does the brain do this? More importantly, can we use what we known about the neuroscience of prejudice to overcome this reaction, potentially developing methods to combat prejudice and end racism? Join Dr. Larry Sherman, a Professor of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University, who will explain how our brains react to people who are “different” and explore possible ways to overcome the automatic prejudice that contributes to racism in our society.

Upcoming Field Trips & Tours:

RSV members visit facilities and locations concerned with the application of science in research and industry, including sites of ecological, historical and geological significance throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria.

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Upcoming Members’ Discussion Groups & Briefings:

Members convene regularly to refine the Society’s strategic focus, discuss issues and concepts in science, or to seek opportunities to develop and explore the science world.

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Upcoming Conferences & Symposia:

The Royal Society hosts conferences and symposia every year on a range of topics across the disciplines, and also on cultural themes concerned with science; current details are available below.

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