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
Tuesday 24 September, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: The Contribution of Forests to Global Carbon Cycles

Ms Zoe Ryan
Head of Business Development, Climate Friendly
Associate Professor Lauren Bennett
Ecological Scientist, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, the University of Melbourne
Dr Heather Keith
Senior Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Professor Rod Keenan
Chair of Forest and Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Melbourne

Thursday 26 September, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Pyrodiversity: Fire and Wildlife in the Anthropocene

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

Thursday 10 October, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
What are Fungi Doing for our Bushlands?

Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
Mycologist, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Thursday 24 October, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Phillip Law Award Lecture

Award winner and lecture to be announced in September 2019.

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 28 November, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Epilepsy, Algorithms and AI: Personalised Seizure Forecasting

Professor David Grayden
Clifford Chair of Neural Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, 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
Tuesday 24 September, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: The Contribution of Forests to Global Carbon Cycles

Ms Zoe Ryan
Head of Business Development, Climate Friendly
Associate Professor Lauren Bennett
Ecological Scientist, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, the University of Melbourne
Dr Heather Keith
Senior Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Professor Rod Keenan
Chair of Forest and Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Melbourne

Wednesday 2 October, 2019 - Friday 4 October, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Evolutionary Transformations in Vertebrate History

This two-and-a-half-day symposium will bring together top Australian and international scientists, students, and early career researchers to present the latest advancements in investigating the evolutionary dynamics of these profound events, with an emphasis on methods for integrating modern and palaeontological data. 

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.

No Events

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.

No Events

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
Wednesday 2 October, 2019 - Friday 4 October, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Evolutionary Transformations in Vertebrate History

This two-and-a-half-day symposium will bring together top Australian and international scientists, students, and early career researchers to present the latest advancements in investigating the evolutionary dynamics of these profound events, with an emphasis on methods for integrating modern and palaeontological data.