Past Events

Date/Time Event
Thursday 13 June, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Can Systems Science Improve Population Health?

Speaker: Dr Alan Shiell, Centre of Excellence in intervention and prevention science (CEIPS) Internationally, the percentage of people who are overweight or obese is increasing.  As a consequence, the prevalence of many preventable chronic diseases, especially diabetes, is also predicted to rise, reducing life expectancy and quality of life and increasing pressure on already overburdened health care budgets. […]

Thursday 27 June, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Victoria: Last Frontier in the Quest for Whale Origins

Speaker: Dr Erich Fitzgerald (Museum Victoria) will present the A W Howitt Lecture A Joint Lecture with the Geological Society of Australia (Vic) Stunning fossil discoveries over the last 20 years have made whales poster children of evolution.  Key questions still remain in the quest to unravel the history of these most unlikely of mammals.  New […]

Thursday 11 July, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Managing fungal diseases of crops: A genome to paddock approach

Speaker: Professor Barbara Howlett, School of Botany, Melbourne University

Thursday 25 July, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Organic Electronic Materials: A licence to print money

J E Cummins OBE Oration given by Prof Andrew Holmes, Bio 21 Most of us associate polymers (or plastics) with a structural function such as a replacement  material for wood or metals. Plastic is also used as an insulating material to avoid electric shock.  However, in the late 1970s it was discovered that certain kinds […]

Thursday 8 August, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Imaging the first breaths after birth using a synchrotron

Prof Stuart Hooper, Monash Institute for Medical Research The transition to newborn life at birth represents one of the greatest physiological challenges that any human will encounter during their lives. Before birth the fetal lungs are filled with liquid and this liquid must be cleared at birth to allow the entry of air and the […]

Thursday 22 August, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Breaking the barrier with antibiotic and amyloid peptides

Prof Frances Separovic, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne Most of us have felt the effect of a bee sting – but how does it actually work?  The sting contains a peptide toxin, melittin, which kills cells by destroying the cell membrane.  Understanding the mechanism by which melittin and other membrane-active peptides disrupt cell membranes […]

Thursday 12 September, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dating Human Origins in South Africa

Dr Andy Herries, La Trobe University Our African origin, as opposed to an assumed European origin, was first hinted at in 1924 following the identification of the Taung Child Australopithecus africanus fossil as a human ancestor by Australian anatomist, Raymond Dart. Dart’s discovery put South Africa at the forefront of debates about humanity’s origins as […]

Thursday 26 September, 2013
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Young Scientist Research Prize presentations

From around 40 applications a shortlist of six doctoral students from the fields of Biological Sciences (non-human), Biomedical & Health Sciences and Physical Sciences will each make a 15 minute oral presentation of their cutting edge research. Only one application was received in the Earth Sciences category this year. In the absence of competition, no […]

Thursday 10 October, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Burning the bush and biodiversity

Understanding fire and fauna in the Mallee: It’s not rocket science, it’s more complicated than that. Prof Michael Clarke, Dept of Zoology, La Trobe University Ecological fire management in Australia is often built on a basic assumption that if one aims for a mosaic of different vegetation types and seral stages in a landscape, the […]

Wednesday 23 October, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Victoria's Energy Future Public Forum

Tony Woods (Grattan Institute, Melbourne),  Mike Sandiford (Melbourne Energy Institute) and Simon Holmes-a-Court (Director of Embark Project)  will speak on global / national / local energy issues, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Rob Gell.  

Thursday 24 October, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
X-rays, lungs and breathing at birth

Phillip Law Postdoctoral Prize in the Physical Sciences The winner of the 2013 Phillip Law Prize, Dr Marcus Kitchen from the School of Physics at Monash, will speak about his cutting edge work on imaging: Seeing the lungs in a new light. Before a baby is born, its lungs are filled with the same amniotic […]

Friday 25 October, 2013 - Saturday 26 October, 2013
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Symposium: Victoria's Energy Future

Victoria’s Energy Future: Prospects and Challenges The Royal Society of Victoria’s annual symposium. For more details of the program and speakers, click here.

Thursday 14 November, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Role of scientific analysis in the archaeology of a Hellenistic site in Syria

Dr Heather Jackson, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne Jebel Khalid lies on the west bank of the Euphrates in North Syria, about 60 kilometres south of the Turkish border. It has been excavated by an Australian team from Melbourne and Canberra since 1985 and excavation would be ongoing were it not […]

Thursday 28 November, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learning from Indigenous Knowledge: Climate change & water management in the Barmah-Millewa

Prof David Griggs, Climate Works Australia The presentation will focus on a project that investigated how the deep knowledge of the Yorta Yorta people can be used to strengthen their participation and influence in the complex national and regional processes that determine how their traditional lands are managed, leading to improved adaptation decisions both for […]

Thursday 12 December, 2013
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Confidence, scientific judgment and the intelligence game

Lecture presented by the  2013 Royal Society of Victoria Research Medalist, Professor Mark Burgman FAA, School of Botany at the University of Melbourne Because they lie at the interface of science and public policy, environmental decisions often depend on the preferences of vocal stakeholders and opinion makers. In highly charged political and social debates, scientists […]

Thursday 13 February, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A light touch: Optics in medicine and biology

Assoc Prof Paul Stoddart Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Science, Swinburne University of Technology Applying interdisciplinary concepts and techniques from physics (optics, mechanics) and chemistry (spectroscopy, colloids, biochemistry) to address problems in biology can have a direct impact on many of our lives.  This talk will review some of the novel ways in which we […]

Thursday 13 March, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Curing plant blindness and illiteracy

Dr Tim Entwisle
CEO and Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Thursday 27 March, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Picturing Kimberley’s Past: Megafauna, Boat People and Changing Economies

Dr June Ross
Adjunct Professor, Dept Archaeology & Palaeoanthropology, University of New England

Thursday 10 April, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Medical Bionics: Engineering solutions for damaged nerves

Prof Rob Shepherd
Director, Bionics Institute University of Melbourne

Thursday 24 April, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Annual General Meeting

Please note earlier start time

Thursday 8 May, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A very little brain: The Pooh Bear factor and animal behaviour

Prof David Macmillan
Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne

Thursday 22 May, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bonding in the world of minerals: It's crystal clear

Dr Suart Mills
Geosciences Senior Curator, Museum Victoria

Thursday 12 June, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Supersizing humans, downsizing life: Why is everything getting smaller except us?

Professor Steven Chown
Head School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Thursday 26 June, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Gluten, wheat & coeliac disease: dissecting the facts from the fad

Dr Jason Tye-din
Head, Coeliac Research at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Thursday 10 July, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The bugs bite back: Bacterial resistance and superbugs

Dr Rosemary Lester
Chief Heath Officer, Department of Health

Thursday 24 July, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award

2014 winner Dr Madhu Bhaskaran will present her research