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
Thursday 6 June, 2019
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Road Safety Vision Zero: the Science and the Technology

Dr Johan Strandroth
Safe System Lead, Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, VicRoads & TAC,
Project Director, Road Safety Strategy, Department of Transport
MC: Mr Kenn Beer, Principal Engineer, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd
Panellists:
Dr Marilyn Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
Mr David Shelton, Principal Consultant, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd
Dr Max Lay, Former Director, ConnectEast, VicRoads and Australian Road Research Board
Ms Samantha Cockfield, Senior Manager, Road Safety, Traffic Accident Commission

Friday 7 June, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Communicating Science in a Post-Normal World

Speaker: Professor Mike S. Schäfer
Professor of Science Communication, Department of Communications & Media Research
Director, Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS)
University of Zurich

Panellists:
Professor David Karoly, Leader, Earth Systems & Climate Change Hub, National Environmental Science Program, CSIRO
Dr Linden Ashcroft, Lecturer in Climate Science & Science Communication, School of Earth Science, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 13 June, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Edible Nature Strips & Subsidised Worm Farms: Solutions for People & Planet

Liza Barbour
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Monash University

Thursday 27 June, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
From Monsoons to Desert: 50 Million Years of Australian Climate History

Associate Professor Stephen Gallagher
Reader, School of Earth Science, 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

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

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 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
Thursday 6 June, 2019
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Road Safety Vision Zero: the Science and the Technology

Dr Johan Strandroth
Safe System Lead, Safe System Road Infrastructure Program, VicRoads & TAC,
Project Director, Road Safety Strategy, Department of Transport
MC: Mr Kenn Beer, Principal Engineer, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd
Panellists:
Dr Marilyn Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
Mr David Shelton, Principal Consultant, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd
Dr Max Lay, Former Director, ConnectEast, VicRoads and Australian Road Research Board
Ms Samantha Cockfield, Senior Manager, Road Safety, Traffic Accident Commission

Friday 7 June, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Communicating Science in a Post-Normal World

Speaker: Professor Mike S. Schäfer
Professor of Science Communication, Department of Communications & Media Research
Director, Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS)
University of Zurich

Panellists:
Professor David Karoly, Leader, Earth Systems & Climate Change Hub, National Environmental Science Program, CSIRO
Dr Linden Ashcroft, Lecturer in Climate Science & Science Communication, School of Earth Science, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 27 June, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
From Monsoons to Desert: 50 Million Years of Australian Climate History

Associate Professor Stephen Gallagher
Reader, School of Earth Science, University of Melbourne

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.

No Events