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 “ordinary meetings” represent our core lecture program, 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; the venue is the Society’s Ellery Theatre, upstairs at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne. We also convene ad-hoc events, forums and conferences each month with our partners, and occasionally host events at other locations around the state.

For a small cost, members and guests are invited to socialise and network over food and drink ahead of our lectures; tickets for both lectures and social components are available from each event’s page. The listings below provide details of all currently programmed events.

Upcoming Lectures:

Date/Time Event
Thursday 25 July, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: Conservation of Soil and Water Resources

Dr René Van der Sant, Land Asset Practitioner, Melbourne Water
Professor Patrick Lane, School of Ecosystem and Forest Science, the University of Melbourne
Mr Jason Alexandra, Managing Director, Alexandra & Associates
Ms Rachel Brown, Senior Project Officer, Hydrology & Climate Science Team, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Dr Tim Peterson, Research Fellow, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 25 July, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Social Work: Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction

Professor Elizabeth A. Croft
Dean of Engineering, Monash University

Thursday 8 August, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Mind over Faecal Matter: Gut Biome & Mental Health

Associate Professor Elisa Hill-Yardin,
ARC Future Fellow & Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University
Associate Professor Ashley Franks,
Director of Research, School of Life Sciences & Leader of Franks Lab for Applied and Environmental Microbiology, La Trobe University

Wednesday 14 August, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Stories from the Cosmos: what Indigenous storytelling can teach us about memory

Dr Simon Cropper, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Ms Kat Clarke, Artist, Writer & Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Dr Lynne Kelly, Science Writer, Author of “The Memory Code” and “Memory Craft”
Dr Duane Hamacher, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University
Moderator: Dr Meredith McKague

Thursday 15 August, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes - 2019 Competition & Awards Ceremony

To foster and recognise excellence in Victoria’s early career scientists, the Royal Society of Victoria has established four prestigious competitive prizes open to Victorian students in their final year of doctoral candidature, in all areas of the Biomedical & Health Sciences, Biological Sciences (Non-human), Earth Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Saturday 17 August, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
The Alchemist: Turning Waste into Wealth

ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Founding Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, The University of New South Wales

Thursday 12 September, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Communicating Astrophysics

Associate Professor Alan Duffy,
Research Fellow, Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University and Lead Scientist, the Royal Institution of Australia

Thursday 12 September, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Darkness Visible Down Under

Associate Professor Alan Duffy
Astrophysicist, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University
Lead Scientist, Royal Institution of Australia

Thursday 19 September, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Phillip Law Award Lecture

Award winner and lecture to be announced in July 2019.

Thursday 26 September, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fire and Pyrodiversity

Dr Luke Kelly,
Centenary Fellow, School of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 10 October, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Epilepsy, Algorithms and AI: Personalised Seizure Forecasting

Professor David Grayden
Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Leader of the Bionics Laboratory, Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 24 October, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fungi and FungiMap

Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
Mycologist, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Thursday 14 November, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Free Radical Chemistry

Professor Uta Wille
Head, Wille Group, Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute
Professor Chemistry & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne

Dr Caroline Kyi
Art Conservator, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 12 December, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Research Medal Lecture & End of Year Function

RSV Medallist to be announced in September 2019.

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
Wednesday 24 July, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Citizen Science Victoria – July Chapter Meeting

Join us for the July 2019 meeting of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association. This meeting will focus on citizen science and education. The meeting will commence with three presentations, which will be followed by break-out group discussions. There will also be plenty of time for sharing your project stories, networking and developing our community of practice. Speakers include Sandra McCullogh from Earthwatch Australia, Julian O Shea from Unbound, and Edmond Lascaris from the City of Whittlesea.

Thursday 25 July, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: Conservation of Soil and Water Resources

Dr René Van der Sant, Land Asset Practitioner, Melbourne Water
Professor Patrick Lane, School of Ecosystem and Forest Science, the University of Melbourne
Mr Jason Alexandra, Managing Director, Alexandra & Associates
Ms Rachel Brown, Senior Project Officer, Hydrology & Climate Science Team, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Dr Tim Peterson, Research Fellow, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Friday 9 August, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Science at the Extreme

Join us for the public launch of National Science Week 2019 at Melbourne Museum! Featuring:
Dr Darlene Lim, Geobiologist with NASA Ames research Center, California, USA
Dr Kate Selway, Geologist with Macquarie University
Dr Dianne Bray, Senior Collection Manager for Vertebrate Zoology with Museums Victoria
MC: Nate Byrne, Meteorologist and Weather Presenter with ABC News Breakfast

Saturday 10 August, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Extrasensory

Augment your reality. AI, bionics and smart devices are here to extend and enhance your senses. So what are the possible futures of human perception? At this event combining performance, storytelling, and experimentation, make sense of the world of the senses, and find the limits to your own. The 2019 major event for National Science Week in Victoria, delivered by the Royal Society of Victoria and generously hosted by the Parliament of Victoria.

Wednesday 14 August, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Stories from the Cosmos: what Indigenous storytelling can teach us about memory

Dr Simon Cropper, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Ms Kat Clarke, Artist, Writer & Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Dr Lynne Kelly, Science Writer, Author of “The Memory Code” and “Memory Craft”
Dr Duane Hamacher, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University
Moderator: Dr Meredith McKague

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.

Date/Time Event
Saturday 27 July, 2019 - Sunday 28 July, 2019
10:00 AM
Campfires & Science: Wild DNA at Toolangi

Join us for the latest ‘Campfires and Science’ event at Toolangi, where we’ll be teaching people how to look for critically endangered animals and leading trips to plant trees and remove invasive species.

We’ll be joined by Taungurung man, Shane Monk, who will give a Welcome to Country and a ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest. We’ll also be learning how to gather DNA samples in the wild and analyse them in the forest with a portable ‘lab’. 

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.

Date/Time Event
Tuesday 20 August, 2019
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Kids Conference 2019 - Melbourne Workshop

A workshop to help students and their teachers prepare for the Melbourne Kids’ Conference on 18 November. Bring your Science, Geography, History, English, Maths or Music ideas and teachers to this Facilitators and Presenters workshop at the Royal Society of Victoria!