Past Events

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

Dr Alan Shiell, Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science (CEIPS)

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

Dr Erich Fitzgerald, Museums Victoria – 2013 A W Howitt Lecture

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

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

Prof Andrew Holmes, Bio 21 – 2013 J E Cummins OBE Oration

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

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

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

Dr Andy Herries, La Trobe University

Thursday 26 September, 2013
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes - 2013 Presentations

Biological Sciences (non-human)
Katrin Hug
Microbial arsenic resistance in Champagne Pool, New Zealand
Niharika Sharma
Exploring Marchantia transcriptome to identify genes contributing to sexual reproduction using mRNA-SEQ

Biomedical & Health Sciences
Katie Ardipraja
Imaging vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques with radiolabelled single chain antibodies
Annie McAuley
Novel proteomic biomarkers in diabetic retinopathy

Physical Sciences
Hua Zhou
Super durable, robust super hydrophobic fabrics
Liyu Jin
Plastic crystals for future batteries

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

Prof Michael Clarke, Dept of Zoology, La Trobe University

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

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

Dr Marcus Kitchen, School of Physics, Monash University – Winner of 2013 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for the Physical Sciences

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

The Royal Society of Victoria’s 2013 symposium.

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, The University of Melbourne

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

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

Professor Mark Burgman FAA, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne – 2013 Recipient of RSV Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

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

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

Thursday 14 August, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Pluto’s Moons and the Birth of the Solar System

Dr Andrew J R Prentice
School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University
Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre, University of Southern Queensland

Thursday 28 August, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Matthew Flinders: The Man Behind the Map

Dr Gillian Dooley
Special Collections Librarian & Honorary Research Fellow, Flinders University

Thursday 11 September, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Stormy weather in the sunny country: Vitamin D and public health

Prof Caryl Nowson
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University

Thursday 25 September, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes

Judging and presentation of the Awards

Thursday 9 October, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Estimating future coastal erosion: Engineering meets science

Dr Andrew McCowan
Managing Director, Water Technology

Thursday 23 October, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A W Howitt Lecture - A New Light on Old Questions: A Natural History of Gold

Prof Joel Brugger
Monash University

Thursday 13 November, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sustainable Energy Technologies for the “Sustainocene”

Prof Doug MacFarlane
School of Chemistry, Monash University

Thursday 27 November, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Very Young Scientists

A celebration of the work of winners of the Science Talent Search

Thursday 11 December, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Defining the cellular culprits underlying breast cancer

Presentation by the Winner of the RSV Research Medal (Biomedical & Health Sciences)
Professor Jane Visvader
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Thursday 12 February, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Youth Mental Health: Our Best Buy In Health Care

Professor Patrick McGorry
Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Thursday 26 February, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Queuing Theory and Ideal Hospital Occupancy

Professor Peter Taylor
Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Melbourne

Thursday 12 March, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Best friends or mortal enemies?: The complex ecological roles of Australia’s predators

Dr Euan Ritchie
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment
Deakin University

Thursday 26 March, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Celebrating Maxwell – and Scientific Curiosity

Dr Robyn Arianrhod
Adjunct Research Fellow
School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University

Thursday 9 April, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Crystallography: Australia's Bragging Rights

Professor Jenny Martin
School of Chemical & Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Science. University of Queensland

Thursday 23 April, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Annual General Meeting

Papers for this Thursday’s AGM are available online.

Thursday 14 May, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Beneath the Surface: Living with our Industrial Legacy through Urban Renewal

Mr Christian Wallis
Principal Scientist & EPA appointed Auditor (Contaminated Land)
Golder Associates Pty Ltd

Thursday 28 May, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
2015 A W Howitt Lecture: "Victoria's Gemstones: Much More than Just History"

Dr William Birch AM
President, Royal Society of Victoria
Curator Emeritus (Geosciences), Museum Victoria

Thursday 11 June, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Nuclear Energy: Should it be Included in the Mix? (Q & A Panel)

Expert Panel & Audience Q & A Session
Chair: Professor Doug MacFarlane
Panel: Associate Professor Martin Sevior, Dr Gavin Mudd, Dr Jim Green, Mr Graeme Weber

Thursday 25 June, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Science in Our World: Victoria's Lead Scientist

Ms Leonie Walsh
Lead Scientist, State Government of Victoria

Thursday 9 July, 2015
7:00 PM
High Satiety - Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight?

Professor Brian Oldfield
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
President Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
Department of Physiology Monash University

Thursday 23 July, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Radiation Safety of the Patient in Cancer Therapy

Associate Professor Ivan Williams
Director, Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service

Thursday 13 August, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
RSV Research Medal Presentation & Lecture: Using Climate Science to Inform Decision Making

Professor David Karoly
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Thursday 13 August, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Weird Animals & Sex: Evolution of a Science - and a Scientist

Professor Jenny Marshall Graves AO FAA
Department of Genetics
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science

Thursday 27 August, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Extinct Megafauna, Camels, and the Australian Desert: the 2014 Simpson Desert Palaeontology Expedition

Dr Jillian Garvey
ARC DECRA Fellow, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
La Trobe University

Thursday 10 September, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fortifying for the Future: Micronutrient-Enriched Cereals to Improve Global Health

Dr Alexander Johnson
Senior Lecturer, School of BioSciences
The University of Melbourne

Thursday 24 September, 2015
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2015 Young Scientist Research Prizes

The 2015 Young Scientists Research Prizes
Eight finalists will present their work for judges to determine prize winners

Thursday 8 October, 2015 - Friday 9 October, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
2015 Symposium: Managing Victoria's Biodiversity under Climate Change

What practical steps can we take to help Victoria’s native species and ecosystems survive the impacts of climate change?

Thursday 8 October, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Creating Green, Healthy, Resilient and Liveable Cities and Towns

Assoc Prof Mark McDonnell
Director, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Thursday 22 October, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Quantum Age of Diamond - the 2015 Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award Lecture

Dr Marcus W Doherty
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laser Physics Centre
Research School of Physics and Engineering
Australian National University

Thursday 12 November, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Research Innovation & Impact: A New Path from CSIRO

The 2015 Cummins Oration
Associate Professor Matthew Hill
Team Leader, Integrated Nanoporous Materials, CSIRO
2014 Physical Scientist of the Year, Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Thursday 10 December, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Using Climate Science to Inform Decision Making: the 2015 RSV Research Medal Lecture

Professor David Karoly
Professor of Atmospheric Science
The University of Melbourne

Monday 14 December, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Growing Tall Poppies 2015 Symposium: STEM Skills & Careers

Free Professional Development for Teachers of Science, Maths and Careers.
Providing students & teachers of science an opportunity to network and make contacts with members of the science community.

Thursday 11 February, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Imaging the Living Brain in Health and Disease: MRI and PET Scanning

Professor Gary Egan
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function

Thursday 25 February, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Victoria's Threatened Species: Fighting Extinction

Dr Marissa Parrott
Reproductive Biologist
Wildlife Conservation & Science, Zoos Victoria

Thursday 10 March, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
From the Beginning to the End of HIV: the Great Successes & Remaining Challenges

Professor Sharon Lewin
Director, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Professor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne
Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Alfred Hospital
NHMRC Practitioner Fellow

Thursday 17 March, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wheat Protein and the Gluten-Coeliac Connection: Research Proposal

Colleagues involved or interested in research aligned with the NHMRC human microbiome policy, US National Institute of Health microbiome research directives, and the International Human Microbiome Consortium goals are warmly invited to consider this collaborative research proposal with food scientists and industry.

Friday 18 March, 2016
All Day
Conserving Eucalypts: The Why and the How

Addressing forest conservation and management in an era of climate change. Featuring leading researchers in forest ecology, the biosciences, and environmental and resource management.

Saturday 19 March, 2016
2:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Field Trip - Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Discovery Centre

Experience one of Victoria’s signature conservation projects in action, led by research staff at Mt Rothwell. Please join us to gain insight to the remarkable conservation and rewilding efforts underway, tour the remnant indigenous woodland eucalypt biota, enjoy a barbeque dinner and finish with a torch-lit walk on dusk to catch some of the returning crepuscular and nocturnal animals in action.

Wednesday 23 March, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
History of the Scientific Revolution Tour - Briefing for RSV Members

An invitation for RSV members to join hosts Russell and Ellaine Downie on a guided tour of Western Europe, discovering the history of the scientific revolution.

Thursday 24 March, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
RSV Members' Forum - Setting Strategic Goals for the RSV

Please join us to review and discuss our draft goals to ensure we have the full benefit of your thinking in this important, future focussed work.

Thursday 14 April, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
How does Nature do it? Unlocking High-Performance Natural Composites with Computers to Inspire New Materials

Professor Tiff Walsh
Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University

Tuesday 19 April, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Media Training for Scientists

Science in Public holds regular media training courses for scientists in Melbourne and around Australia. These courses are designed to help you understand what the media needs to bring your work to life; and to teach you how to help the media tell your story accurately. They are fundamentally different to corporate media training. The Royal Society of Victoria is hosting courses on March 21 and April 19, 2016.

Wednesday 20 April, 2016
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Field Trip - Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, RMIT

Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct brings design and engineering together, from digital design to digital manufacturing.

The facility particularly focuses on 3D printing of advanced, high value-add products and components. Specialised equipment and experts assist companies with developing new conceptual products, performing multiple design iterations, or further developing existing products and enhancing manufacturing processes.

Thursday 28 April, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
RSV Annual General Meeting

All voting members of the Royal Society of Victoria are warmly encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting in April to review the Society’s performance over the course of 2015. The annual statement will be circulated ahead of the meeting for review and discussion on the night.

Thursday 12 May, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Continental Loss: The Quest to Determine Antarctica's Contribution to Sea-Level Rise

Professor Matt King
Professor of Polar Geodesy & ARC Future Fellow, University of Tasmania

Friday 13 May, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Field Trip - Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity

Located in the heart of the Parkville Medical Precinct, the Doherty Institute brings together the expertise of leading biomedical scientists, public health specialists and educators focused on infectious diseases and immunity. A partnership of Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne, the Institute integrates teaching, training, research and public health activities. The only facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the scheme allows space to be reconfigured and encourages the seven different organisations it houses to work closely together.

Thursday 26 May, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Science in the State's Interest: the Victorian Precursors to CSIRO

Joint Lecture with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Dr James Waghorne
University Historian, The University of Melbourne

Tuesday 7 June, 2016
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Our Changing Landscapes: Acting on Climate Impacts

Hosted by the VicNature2050 partners: La Trobe University; Bio21 Institute/University of Melbourne; Arthur Rylah Institute/ Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Victorian National Parks Association; the Royal Society of Victoria; Greening Australia.

This symposium builds on the first VicNature 2050 symposium, Managing Victoria’s Biodiversity under Climate Change, which was held at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute in October 2015.

Thursday 9 June, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Researchers Behaving Badly

Professor David Vaux
Assistant Director
Joint Division Head, Cell Signalling & Cell Death
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Thursday 23 June, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Age of Victoria's Volcanoes

The 2016 A W Howitt Lecture
Dr Erin Matchan
Noble Gas Geochronologist
School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Thursday 14 July, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Energy Storage for a Sustainable Environment

2016 Joint Lecture with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering
Professor Maria Forsyth
Alfred Deakin Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow
Deputy Director
Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University

Thursday 28 July, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Ripping Yarns: Two Lives in Science

Lunchtime Lecture
Emeritus Professor Ian Polmear, AO
Professor Max Lay, AM

Tuesday 9 August, 2016
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
RSV Field Trip: John Monash Science School PLUS Monash Earth Sciences Garden

The John Monash Science School focuses on science, mathematics and associated technologies. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Victorian Government and Monash University, and is located in a purpose-built facility on the university’s Clayton Campus.

Thursday 11 August, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes - 2016 Competition

Georgia Roberts – La Trobe University’s Department of Archaeology & History
Matthias Egglseder – Monash University’s School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment
Yang Chen – Monash University’s School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment
Rebecca Hull – The University of Melbourne’s School of Biosciences
Thanh Kha Phan – La Trobe University’s Institute for Molecular Science
Chi Hai Ly – The University of Melbourne’s School of Biomedical Sciences
Rebecca Leane – The University of Melbourne’s School of Physics
Dene Murphy – The University of Melbourne’s School of Physics

Saturday 20 August, 2016
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Invisible War: a Tale on Two Scales

In a celebration of art, science and history, Melbourne micro-publishers Scale Free Network will be launching their new book The Invisible War with the Royal Society of Victoria on Saturday August 20th, 2016. A National Science Week event.

Thursday 25 August, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Forensic DNA Profiling: What does the Future Hold?

Lunchtime Lecture
Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM
Director, National Institute of Forensic Science

Friday 26 August, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Making of the Melbourne Mechanics' Institution

Anne Marsden‘s new history takes a close look at the fifty men elected to the Melbourne Mechanics’ Institution’s first committee and their pioneering role in the settlement of Port Phillip, revealing the broad social platform that led to the cultural identity of present-day Melbourne.

Thursday 8 September, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Alzheimer's Disease: Is the Brain Destroyed by the Pulse?

Professor Jonathan Stone
Executive Director, Bosch Institute
School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney

Thursday 22 September, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Keeping Melbourne Marvellous - People, Place & Environment

Panel discussion chaired by Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Melbourne
Panellists: Dr Jerril Rechter, CEO of VicHealth; Mr Dylan Brady, Conductor of Decibel Architects; Dr Rachel Carey, Research Fellow with the Victorian EcoInnovation Lab’s Foodprint Melbourne project, and; Mr Michel Masson, CEO of Infrastructure Victoria.

Friday 23 September, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
RSV Science Writing and Outreach Training Workshop with Peter Spinks

A two day, intensive course imparting the essential skills and strategies required to effectively convey your work to the media, government, research grant bodies and the general public.

Tuesday 27 September, 2016 - Wednesday 28 September, 2016
9:15 AM - 4:30 PM
School Holiday Science at the Royal Society of Victoria

The Royal Society of Victoria presents a science and art-based school holiday activity from the Scale Free Network, featuring a “Microscope Drawing Laboratory” and “Small Friends Storytelling.”

Wednesday 12 October, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women and Girls in STEM

An event for Secondary School-age girls and their parents/guardians, Ada Lovelace Day is about celebrating the achievements of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to inspire the next generation.

Thursday 13 October, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Dark Matter: a Southern Hemisphere Perspective

Professor Elisabetta Barberio
Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale
Professor of High Energy Physics
School of Physics, The University of Melbourne

Friday 14 October, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Growing Tall Poppies - 2016 Symposium

Professional Development for Teachers of Physics, Science, and Careers (Certificate of Participation Provided). Extension and Leadership Development for Outstanding Students.
Science teachers and late secondary students are invited to attend the 2016 Growing Tall Poppies Symposium, a great opportunity to explore and develop your potential as a part of Melbourne’s science and education community.

Thursday 27 October, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Carbon Sequestration: are Deep Coal Seams the Answer?

Dr Samintha Perera
Lecturer in Geomechanics
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
The University of Melbourne
The Phillip Law Postdoctoral Prize for the Physical Sciences – Lecture & Award

Monday 7 November, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Genomics & Personalised Medicine: Have we Arrived at our Destination?

An 2016 Innovation Week Launch Event with the BioMelbourne Network.
Advances in genomics have created opportunities to deliver patient specific information to tailor treatments to the individual in a way never before possible.

Thursday 10 November, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
"Content is King" and other Myths around Science Communication

Dr Andi Horvath
Media Advisor & Podcast Producer
The University of Melbourne

Friday 11 November, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Meet Science's Social Media Stars

If you’re keen to raise your (or your organisation’s) profile on social media, this is the session for you.
Featuring Melbourne Uni’s Dr Katie Mack, Deakin Uni’s Dr Euan Ritchie and Swinburne Uni’s Dr Alan Duffy (AKA @astrokatie, @EuanRitchie1 and @astroduff).

Sunday 27 November, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
AARE Pre-Conference Workshop for Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers

This year the Royal Society of Victoria is sponsor to a pre-conference workshop for the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference on Sunday, 27 November, available to postgraduates and early career researchers. RSV student members are eligible for a discounted rate.

Thursday 8 December, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Quantum Information Technology: From the Spooky World of Quantum Physics

Professor Lloyd Hollenberg
Thomas Baker Chair in Physical Biosciences
Deputy Director, Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
The University of Melbourne
The 2016 RSV Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research: Lecture, Award & President’s Soiree

Thursday 9 February, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
LIDAR: Bringing Heritage Places into the Digital Age

Mr Tim Smith
Executive Director, Heritage Victoria

Thursday 16 February, 2017
5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Breaking News: An Insider's Guide to the New Media Climate

Chair: Tanya Ha, Associate, Science in Public & MSSI
Panellists: Ben Knight (ABC News Victoria), Alison Caldwell (Freelance, Formerly ABC RN), Adam Morton (The Age & SMH) and Cathy Alexander (MSSI, Formerly Crikey & AAP)
What turns environmental science and issues into news for media outlets and their audiences? Where have all the science and environment reporters gone? How do you get your sustainability story into the news?

Thursday 23 February, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Accounting for Carbon Storage in Trees

Associate Professor Brad Potter
Co-Director, Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre
The University of Melbourne
Professor Ian Woodrow
Head, School of Environmental & Forest Science (2017)
The University of Melbourne

Thursday 9 March, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Under the Microscope: Milk, Cheese and Dairy Products

Associate Professor Sally Gras
Director, ARC Dairy Innovation Hub
Reader, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Tuesday 21 March, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Discover the Eucalypts of the Brisbane Ranges with Leon Costermans

A day trip to the Brisbane Ranges – to the west of Melbourne – with legendary eucalypt expert Leon Costermans.

Thursday 23 March, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
A Moonshot Approach to Cancer: what will it take to find the cures?

Professor Miles Prince AM
Director, Centre for Blood Cell Therapies, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Director of Molecular Oncology & Cancer Immunology, Epworth Healthcare

Friday 31 March, 2017 - Sunday 2 April, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Interacting with Eucalypts - Exhibition and Launch Event

For this Eucalyptus Day exhibition, the beauty and majesty of the mighty Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering plant in the world, is presented together with a retrospective on the commercial harvesting of plantation Mallee species for the production of Australia’s iconic Bosisto brand of eucalyptus oil.

Thursday 6 April, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
AfroX - The New Conventional

AfroX – The New Conventional is a free event that will showcase the success of 5 unique African-Australian speakers.
Receive valuable tips and tricks from some of the brightest, boldest and most brilliant minds, who have taken an alternative career path to their own idea of success.

Saturday 22 April, 2017
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
RSV March for Science Melbourne Meetup

Our members and friends will congregate at the Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne at 12:30pm on Saturday, 22nd April before joining the main march at the State Library of Victoria at 1:00pm. Please register your intention to join us, and we’ll look out for you!

Thursday 27 April, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
RSV Annual General Meeting - Voting Members Only

Featuring Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC on “The Challenges Facing Us.” RSV members are asked to register their intention to attend the 2016 AGM, noting a quorum of 50 will be required. If you cannot attend, please nominate your proxy on the form provided here.

Thursday 11 May, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Challenges of a Changing World: Conservation & Park Management

Dr Mark Norman
Chief Conservation Scientist and Director of Environment and Science, Parks Victoria

Thursday 18 May, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
RSV Field Trip: Explore the Hidden Collections of the Melbourne Museum

Members of the RSV and YSA (Melb) have been given a back-stage pass to see some of Museum Victoria’s vast scientific collections!

Thursday 25 May, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Engaging Young Audiences with Science

Rose Hiscock
Inaugural Director, Science Gallery Melbourne

Thursday 8 June, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exoplanets and Life in Space

Chair: Professor Rachel Webster
Panellists: Dr Katie Mack, Associate Professor Alan Duffy, Dr Upulie Divisekera, Dr Morgan Saletta

Wednesday 21 June, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Meet the President: Morning Tea at the Royal Society of Victoria

Join RSV President David Zerman for a convivial discussion of issues and ideas over morning tea! RSV members only please.

Thursday 22 June, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Meteorites & Cosmic Dust: Insights to the Early Solar System & Earth

Dr Andy Tomkins
Associate Professor, School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, Monash University

Thursday 13 July, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
3D Bioprinting - Printing Parts for Bodies

Professor Gordon G. Wallace AO
Executive Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
Director, Australian National Fabrication Facility, Materials Node
The University of Woollongong

Thursday 27 July, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Ripping Yarns: Two Lives in Zoology

Professor Lynne Selwood AO
School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne

Emeritus Professor James Warren
School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Thursday 17 August, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes - 2017 Competition

A big night of presentations on the latest work across a range of science fields from outstanding Victorian PhD candidates. Prize finalists will be announced in late June 2017.

Saturday 19 August, 2017
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kids' Conference: Science Workshop

Calling all interested Kids’ Conference Science presenters and their teachers!

Thursday 24 August, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Maximising Impact through Mathematics - and Having Fun Too!

LUNCHTIME LECTURE
Professor Kate Smith-Miles
Director, Monash Academy for Cross & Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications (MAXIMA)

Thursday 21 September, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Predator-Prey Systems: the Wolves in Yellowstone

Professor Mark Boyce
Professor of Ecology, University of Alberta

Thursday 28 September, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Playing with Light: Dynamic Soft-Tissue X-Ray Imaging at the Synchrotron

Dr Kaye Morgan
VESKI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University
Chair of Biomedical Physics, Technische Universität München, Germany

Wednesday 11 October, 2017
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Effective Communication for Migrant Scientists in Australia

Are you a professional with a STEMM background (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) who now lives in Australia? Is English your second, or even third language? Are you finding it difficult to develop networks that can help you explore various career pathways, and then help you secure or progress your career in a STEMM-related profession?

Thursday 12 October, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Neural Interfaces: a New World of Brain Augmentation

Dr Thomas Oxley
Founding CEO, Synchron
Director of Innovation Strategy, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
Head of Vascular Bionics Laboratory, The University of Melbourne

Wednesday 18 October, 2017
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Effective Communication for Migrant Scientists in Australia

Are you a professional with a STEMM background (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) who now lives in Australia? Is English your second, or even third language? Are you finding it difficult to develop networks that can help you explore various career pathways, and then help you secure or progress your career in a STEMM-related profession?

Thursday 19 October, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Every Brain Needs Music: How music influences healthy brain development and ageing

Dr Larry Sherman
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology & Senior Scientist, Neuroscience
Oregon Health & Science University

A multi-media musical performance and exploration of the origins of music, how our nervous systems develop and age, and how music can affect the structure and function of the brain during development and throughout life!

Wednesday 25 October, 2017
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Effective Communication for Migrant Scientists in Australia

Are you a professional with a STEMM background (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) who now lives in Australia? Is English your second, or even third language? Are you finding it difficult to develop networks that can help you explore various career pathways, and then help you secure or progress your career in a STEMM-related profession?

Thursday 26 October, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Understanding Persistence & Adaptation of Wildlife in the Genomic Age

Professor Paul Sunnucks
Leader of Persistence & Adaptation Research Team, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Wednesday 1 November, 2017
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Effective Communication for Migrant Scientists in Australia

Are you a professional with a STEMM background (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) who now lives in Australia? Is English your second, or even third language? Are you finding it difficult to develop networks that can help you explore various career pathways, and then help you secure or progress your career in a STEMM-related profession?

Wednesday 8 November, 2017
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Effective Communication for Migrant Scientists in Australia

Are you a professional with a STEMM background (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) who now lives in Australia? Is English your second, or even third language? Are you finding it difficult to develop networks that can help you explore various career pathways, and then help you secure or progress your career in a STEMM-related profession?

Thursday 9 November, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Spock and Kirk of Science Communication

Tanya Ha
Director of Engagement, Science in Public
Associate, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Monday 13 November, 2017
7:20 AM - 9:00 AM
The Future of Healthcare is Digital - Innovation Week BioBreakfast

Digital health is one of the most exciting and fast growing areas of innovation, with huge potential to improve the care and well-being of Australians. At the launch of Innovation Week 2017, hear from ANDHealth CEO Bronwyn Le Grice, Innovation & Science Australia CEO Dr Charlie Day and two emerging growth stage companies who are bringing new digital technologies to market that will drive the future of healthcare.

Thursday 16 November, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
STEM Careers in Industry: Postdoc Destinations

IMNIS Mentees and RSV PhD Student Members are invited to attend this special night to hear from scientists who have taken the leap into industrial, government and other non-academic settings, making use of their STEM skills and experience to lead and excel in a range of rewarding, specialised roles. Featuring Dr Richard Huysmans, Dr Michael Wilson, Dr Jennifer Henry, Dr Catherine de Burgh-Day and Dr Krystal Evans.

Thursday 14 December, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
The Bacteria Inside Us: Compadres, Passengers & Pests

Professor Trevor Lithgow
ARC Laureate Fellow, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Thursday 8 February, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Secrets of Titan: Recreating the Cyanide Sky

Dr Courtney Ennis
Research Fellow, La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences

Friday 9 February, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Remember The Wild: Community Conservationists Film Screening

Join us for the premiere screening of Remember the Wild’s “Community Conservationists” video series, supported by the Wettenhall Environment Trust and sponsored by Inspiring Australia and the Royal Society of Victoria. Part of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Thursday 22 February, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Australian Indigenous Astronomy: 65,000 Years of Science

Dr Duane Hamacher
Senior Research Fellow, Monash University Indigenous Studies Centre

Thursday 8 March, 2018
7:00 PM
Our Mesozoic Menagerie: Australia's Dinosaurs

Dr Stephen Poropat
Research Associate, The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History
Postdoctoral Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology

Tuesday 20 March, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Field Trip: Discover the Eucalypts of the Brisbane Ranges

A wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful Brisbane Ranges National Park to the west of Melbourne with botanist, geologist and author of the iconic “Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia,” Leon Costermans.

Thursday 22 March, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Citizen Science - the New Force in Biodiversity Data

Dr Ken Walker
Senior Curator of Entomology, Museums Victoria

Friday 23 March, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"Eucalypt" - Remember the Wild Documentary Screening

Join us to celebrate National Eucalypt Day with the launch of Remember the Wild’s documentary series “Eucalypt,” supported by Eucalypt Australia.

Thursday 19 April, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ockham's Razor LIVE at the Royal Society of Victoria

The ABC podcast Ockham’s Razor is a soapbox for all things scientific. Different speakers from diverse backgrounds share their stories, insights, arguments or tributes—anything that can grip an audience by the ears for 10 straight minutes.

In 2018, the ABC is taking the program around the country, recording the talks at special live events. They might even bring an actual soapbox.

Friday 20 April, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Australian Indigenous Astronomy: 65,000 Years of Science

Dr Duane Hamacher
Senior Research Fellow, Monash University Indigenous Studies Centre

Monday 23 April, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
National Science Week Victoria: Information and Networking

We are delighted to be bringing the National Science Week program together for Victoria this year, and warmly invite everyone interested in being a part of this state-wide celebration of all things Science to come along to our information and networking session here at the Society.

Joining us will be the Victorian Minister for Trade, Innovation & the Digital Economy, Philip Dalidakis MP, Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples and Questacon’s acting Director of Science and Learning, Dr Bobby Cerini. The Minister will be launching the broader Inspiring Australia program for the state, and we’ll be discussing opportunities for our communities to engage.

Thursday 26 April, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
RSV Annual General Meeting - 26 April, 2018

Full RSV members (ie. with voting rights) are asked to register their intention to attend the 2017 AGM, noting a quorum of 50 will be required. If you cannot attend, please nominate your proxy.

Thursday 26 April, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fighting Superbugs: Biomimetic Nanostructures

Professor Elena Ivanova
Professor of Nanobiotechnology, School of Science, Engineering & Health, RMIT University

Thursday 10 May, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Members' Briefing & Forum: the Future of the Royal Society of Victoria

All RSV members (ie. financial) are asked to attend this important briefing and discussion forum on the future of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Thursday 10 May, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Why is Australia the Food Allergy Capital of the World?

Professor Katie Allen
Director, Australian Centre of Food & Allergy Research

Tuesday 15 May, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Australian Indigenous Astronomy: 65,000 Years of Science

Dr Duane Hamacher and Ms Krystal de Napoli
Monash University Indigenous Studies Centre
Launch of the Monash STEM Network @ Clayton Campus, Monash University

Thursday 17 May, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Second Members' Briefing & Forum: the Future of the Royal Society of Victoria

All subscribed RSV members (ie. financial) are asked to attend this important briefing and discussion forum on the future of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Thursday 24 May, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Testosterone Rex: Death of a Legend?

Professor Cordelia Fine
School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

Wednesday 30 May, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Third Members' Briefing & Forum: the Future of the Royal Society of Victoria

All subscribed RSV members (ie. financial) are asked to attend this important briefing and discussion forum on the future of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Thursday 7 June, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fourth Members' Briefing & Forum: the Future of the Royal Society of Victoria

All subscribed RSV members (ie. financial) are asked to attend this important briefing and discussion forum on the future of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Tuesday 12 June, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MEL Consultants - Specialists in Wind Engineering

Since 1970 a majority of structures in Australia and some in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America have had their wind engineering studies carried out by MEL Consultants Pty Ltd. Much of the advice given is by the way of preliminary desktop studies of environmental wind conditions or estimates of wind loadings on structures and cladding and building response. Each year a number of these studies progress to the stage of conducting wind-tunnel studies using physical models and the provision of design wind load or velocity data. Their list of major projects in Australia and the World includes over 100 tall buildings (some “supertall” at 300+ m or “megatall” at 600+ m), 12 large stadium buildings (including fully operable roof systems), 6 tall freestanding towers, 7 bridges, 2 offshore platforms and many other major industrial and smaller buildings, and some unusual structures such as ships, photovoltaic arrays, and full-scale facade components.

Wednesday 13 June, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Future Humans: Sex & Evolution

Professor Jenny Graves
Distinguished Professor, La Trobe University; Professor Emeritus, Australian National University; Thinker-in-Residence, University of Canberra; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

Wednesday 20 June, 2018
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Behind the Scenes at the Australian Synchrotron

Opening in 2007 at its site in Clayton, Victoria, the Australian Synchrotron is Australia’s largest and arguably most successful scientific user facility, benefiting over 3000 researchers from academia, medical research institutes, government and other research organisations, and industry. In simple terms, a synchrotron is a very large, circular, megavoltage machine about the size of a football field. From outside, the Australian Synchrotron, for example, looks very much like a roofed football stadium. But on the inside, it’s very different. Instead of grass and seating, there is a vast, circular network of interconnecting tunnels and high tech apparatus.

Thursday 21 June, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
RSV Special General Meeting - 21st June, 2018

Full RSV members (ie. with voting rights) are asked to register their intention to attend this Special General Meeting of the Royal Society of Victoria, noting a quorum of 50 will be required. If you cannot attend, please nominate your proxy on the form provided.

Thursday 28 June, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Great South Land: Gondwanan Floras of the Antarctic Fossil Record

Professor David Cantrill
Executive Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Chair, Geological Society of Australia Victoria Division

The 2018 Howitt Lecture

Thursday 12 July, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Bionic Vision: the Brain-Machine Interface

Professor Arthur Lowery
Director, Monash Vision Group
Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Wednesday 18 July, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Victorian Science Week Dispatch Centre - Volunteer Afternoon

We need your help in getting materials out to Science Week event holders across the state. We’ve set aside the afternoon of Wednesday, 18th July from 1 to 5, transforming the Burke and Wills Room into the “Science Week Dispatch Centre!” We need all hands on deck to help us package up materials, label boxes and get all the Science Week gear out to libraries, community centres, schools, local governments and universities in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.

Thursday 9 August, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Secrets from Beyond Extinction: Unlocking the Thylacine Genome

Associate Professor Andrew Pask
ARC Future Fellow, School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne

Saturday 11 August, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Great Debate: The Greatest Discovery Ever Made

We’ve all been there, having that age old argument: what’s the bigger breakthrough? The existence of atoms or quantum mechanics; DNA or CRISPR; the wheel or sliced bread?

To celebrate National Science Week, the Science Nation is going to answer this question once and for all. Join the fun and mayhem as the best, brightest and bravest science aficionados in the land do battle in a tournament of wits and wittiness in order to find out: what is the Greatest Discovery Ever Made?

Wednesday 15 August, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Humans 2.0

INVENT.   EVOLVE.   DECIDE.

Augmented brains and bodies, or a return to nature? Cyber or solar? Humans 2.0 – what is the future of our species?
Humans 2.0 is presented by the Victorian Coordinating Committee for National Science Week and The Royal Society of Victoria, and supported by Phoria.

Wednesday 15 August, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Future of Space Travel

Let’s Torque and Sisters in Science are joining forces to deliver an exciting panel discussion on a topic that humans have puzzled over for centuries: space exploration. We’ll be asking what humans are doing in space currently, why we’re there, and what we might find. We’ll ponder the implications of humanity entering space and visiting other planets, and weigh up the pros and cons in an interactive dialogue.

Thursday 16 August, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Young Scientist Research Prizes - 2018 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 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.

Wednesday 12 September, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Let's Torque Grand Final

The Let’s Torque Grand Final returns to the Royal Society of Victoria for another night of top quality presentations by the next generation of STEM communicators. Come along to learn from our finalists about some of the most exciting STEM solutions and mingle with members of the STEM communication community!

Thursday 13 September, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Genetic Rescue: Thinking Small to Save Threatened Species

Dr Andrew Weeks
Director and Ecological Geneticist, cesar

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

Saturday 15 September, 2018
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Campfires & Science at Plenty Gorge

This special event at Plenty Gorge, hosted by the new Banyule-Nillumbik and Whittlesea Tech Schools, will feature experts talking about how to monitor wildlife numbers using a range of methods, including collecting DNA samples from the environment that can tell us the range of animals that live there. We’ll also be hearing about their work and sharing the special knowledge they’ve attained through years of study and exploration.

Monday 17 September, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Global Citizen Science: Can Citizens Deliver & Make a Difference?

Martin Brocklehurst
Chair, Policy Working Group, European Citizen Science Association

Wednesday 26 September, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Empowering Connections in STEMM

Women in STEMM Australia is hosting a special event to connect high school students, teachers and parents with PhD students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM)! There will be the chance to ask questions about studying these fields, going to University, the future career opportunities, and more!

Thursday 27 September, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Faster, Lighter, Smarter

Dr Sumeet Walia
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow & Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Dr Nishar Hameed
Group Leader of Smart Polymers and Composites Research Group, Swinburne University of Technology

Thursday 11 October, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Memes & Tremes: from Biology to the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Susan Blackmore
Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth

Saturday 13 October, 2018
1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Campfires & Science: Wild DNA in Marysville

Campfires and Science is a new and growing community of people who head outdoors, light a campfire, and share knowledge. We lead regular, free events in wild places to support scientific fieldwork and provide hands-on training in the research methods that help us to best protect the environment. Welcome to citizen science! Join us at our very first environmental DNA sampling event, where we’ll be teaching people how to gather samples and look for a critically endangered species of fish. We’ll also be inviting speakers around the campfire to share their knowledge.

Tuesday 16 October, 2018
7:00 PM
Our Mesozoic Menagerie: Australia's Dinosaurs

Dr Stephen Poropat
Postdoctoral Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology
Research Associate, Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Wednesday 17 October, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Creating Green, Healthy, Resilient and Liveable Cities

Dr Amy Hahs
Director, Urban Ecology into Action

Thursday 25 October, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Molecular Machines: Creating Flesh & Blood

Dr Drew Berry
Biomedical Animator, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Thursday 8 November, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Australia's Antarctic Interests - The Next Twenty Years

Mr Charlton Clark
General Manager Strategies, The Australian Antarctic Division

Sunday 11 November, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Julian Burnside and Author James Dryburgh in Conversation

You are warmly invited to a conversation with Julian Burnside QC and author of The Balfour Correspondent, James Dryburgh.  

Thursday 15 November, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
"Earthrise" - Looking Back on our Planet

Presentations & Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion
Dr Colleen Boyle, Artist and Art Historian with RMIT’s School of Design
Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria and the President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Professor Rachel Webster, Head of Astrophysics at the University of Melbourne’s School of Physics
Dr Lynette Bettio, Senior Climatologist with the Bureau of Meteorology
Alicia Sometimes, broadcaster, poet and writer (MC)

Saturday 17 November, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Science Says! 2018

It’s an evening of science in the style of the great panel shows – think mixing Mock the Week, Spicks and Specks, and just a dash of QI.
Featuring Joel Gilmore, Alanta Colley, Alan Duffy, Claire Farrugia, Anna He, Tom Lang and Belinda Smith.

Thursday 13 December, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Medical Bionics & Visualising Immunity: The 2018 Medal for Research Excellence

Professor Anthony Burkitt
Chair, Bio-Signals & Bio-Systems, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Professor Jamie Rossjohn
Head of Infection & Immunity Program, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Centre, Monash University

Thursday 20 December, 2018
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Science in Modernising the Regional Forest Agreements

Dr Rebecca Ford, Senior Research Fellow, School of Ecosystem and Forest Science, The University of Melbourne
Dr Lindy Lumsen, Principal Research Scientist, Wildlife Ecology Section, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
Dr Graeme Newell, Research Scientist, Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Program, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
Associate Professor Craig Nitschke, Senior Research Fellow, School of Ecosystem and Forest Science, The University of Melbourne

Friday 8 February, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RSV Members' Conference - The Redevelopment Proposal

An exploration of the opportunities and challenges of delivering both a benchmark proposal for urban sustainability and facilities that are fit for the organisation’s 21st century purpose. This membership conference will run over two consecutive Fridays with a 9.15am arrival (for 9.30am start), finishing by 4.30pm on both days.

Monday 11 February, 2019
10:20 AM - 11:30 AM
International Day of Women & Girls in Science 2019 - Schools Event

Featuring: Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist; Dr Gillian Sparkes, the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria; Dr Angie Bone, Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer; Dr Andrea Hinwood, Environment Protection Authority’s Chief Environmental Scientist, and; Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Co-Founder and CEO Women in STEMM Australia. Facilitated by Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.

Thursday 14 February, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Rain, Hail or Shine: the Secrets of Severe Weather

Dr Joshua Soderholm
Research Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University

Thursday 28 February, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fashionable Science: Wearables, Functional Textiles & Circular Fashion

Panellists: Dr Leah Heiss, Master of Design Futures: School of Design, RMIT University; Dr Nolene Byrne, Senior Lecturer: School of Engineering & Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University; Dr Rajesh Ramanathan, Senior Research Fellow: School of Science, RMIT University; Dr Lyndon Arnold, Research Fellow: School of Fashion & Textiles, RMIT University.

Wednesday 13 March, 2019
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: Conservation of Biological Diversity

Professor David Lindenmayer, Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University
Professor Simon Jones, Professor of Remote Sensing, Geospatial Science, RMIT University
Dr Emma Razeng, Research Scientist, Persistence and Adaptation Team, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
Dr Peter Kriesner, Research Scientist (Genetics), cesar
Ms Vanessa Craigie, Senior Policy Officer (Threatened Species), Biodiversity Division, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Wednesday 13 March, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Origins: How the Earth Made Us

Professor Lewis Dartnell
Professor of Science Communication, the University of Westminster

Thursday 14 March, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Future of Electronics: Beyond the End of Moore's Law

Panellists: Associate Professor Meera Parish, Associate Professor: School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University; Dr Carlos Kuhn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow: School of Science, Swinburne University; Rebecca Orrell-Trigg, PhD student: School of Engineering, RMIT University

Saturday 16 March, 2019
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Campfires & Science: Wild DNA in Cambarville

Campfires and Science is a new and growing community of people who head outdoors, light a campfire, and share knowledge. Auspiced by the Royal Society of Victoria, we lead regular, free events in wild places to support scientific fieldwork and provide hands-on training in the research methods that help us to best protect the environment.

Monday 18 March, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
National Science Week 2019 Victoria: Information & Networking

We are delighted to once again bring together the National Science Week program for Victoria in 2019, and warmly invite everyone interested in being a part of our state-wide celebration of all things Science to come along to our information and networking session here at the Society.

Thursday 21 March, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Discover the Eucalypts of the Brisbane Ranges

To celebrate National Eucalypt Day in 2019, the Royal Society of Victoria and Eucalypt Australia are offering a rare opportunity to explore the beautiful Brisbane Ranges National Park to the west of Melbourne with botanist, geologist and author of the iconic Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia, Leon Costermans.

Thursday 28 March, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
STEM Careers in Industry - Victoria

An expert panel of STEM professionals in industry will discuss transferable skills, implicit skills (also called ‘soft’ skills), the value of a professional network, potential jobs of the future and their top tips for career success. Think outside the square and dream big about future careers!

Thursday 28 March, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Marvels of Medicinal Plants

Dr Tien Huynh
Senior Lecturer: BioSciences, School of Science, RMIT University

Wednesday 3 April, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ockham's Razor: LIVE at the Royal Society of Victoria

ABC Science returns to the Royal Society for a special podcast recording event. Ockham’s Razor is the ABC’s soapbox for all things scientific: stories, insights, arguments or tributes – anything that can grip an audience by the ears for 10 straight minutes.

Thursday 11 April, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Moneyball 2.0: Analytics and Technologies Improving High-Performance Sports

Associate Professor Sam Robertson, Head of Research & Innovation: Victoria University and Western Bulldogs; Professor Damian Farrow, Professor of Skill Acquisition: Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University

Saturday 4 May, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
How Best Shall we Advocate for the Sciences?

Panellists:
Dr Amy Edwards Homeward Bound 3; Postdoctoral Research Officer, Ecology, Environment & Evolution, Latrobe University
Dr Anita Goh Homeward Bound 3; Superstars of STEM 2019; Clinical Neuropsychologist and Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu Superstars of STEM 2019; Infectious diseases physician, Telehealth Clinical lead, Deputy Medical Information Officer, Royal Melbourne Hospital. University of Melbourne
Mr Simon Pampena Discovery International’s Outrageous Acts of Science, Australian Numeracy Ambassador 2009-2017

Thursday 9 May, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Victoria

The Annual General Meeting for the Royal Society of Victoria’s 2018 Financial Year. Voting members only please.

Thursday 9 May, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Gamble, Drink, Consume, Repeat: Why we need BrainPark

Professor Murat Yücel
David Winston Turner Chair in Addiction and Mental Health, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences

Tuesday 14 May, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Lost World of Bayside Fossils

Bayside Fossil Fundraiser Event for Museums Victoria, featuring:
Dr Erich Fitzgerald, Senior Palaeontologist, Museums Victoria
Murray Orr, Bayside Earth Sciences Society
Hosted by Vicki Karalis AM, Sandringham Foreshore Association

Wednesday 15 May, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Science Gossip: Woodland Rumours & Thinking Trees

Wander the heritage rooms of the Royal Society of Victoria, discovering new ideas, hypotheses, and research findings presented through 19th century salon-style discussions, exhibits and performances. Featuring Dr Monica Gagliano, Ms Anna Madeleine, Ms Vicki Hallett, Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Adjunct Professor Freya Mathews.

Thursday 16 May, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Future of Victoria's Environment

Dr Scott Rawlings, Head of Science and Research, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Mr Andrew Marshall, Science Writer, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria

Tuesday 21 May, 2019
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Victoria's Regional Forest Agreements: The Productivity of Forest Ecosystems

Dr Bill Jackson, Environmental Consultant, Formerly Chief Executive of Parks Victoria & Director of National Parks for the State of Victoria
Mr Braden Jenkin, Institute of Foresters of Australia, Australian Forest Growers
Dr Thomas Fairman, Forest Regulation Policy Officer, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Professor Patrick Baker, Professor of Silviculture & Forest Ecology, The University of Melbourne

Tuesday 21 May, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Campfires & Science: Future Forests

Join us in Lilydale for a unique ‘Campfires and Science’ event where we will hear from experts in the area of forest management, and help us inform our response to government proposals for new Regional Forest Agreements in Victoria. You can also learn about the work ‘Science for All’ has been doing to understand biodiversity in the region, and learn how you can get involved! We’ll also be covering the principles of ‘critical appraisal skills’ for those who want to learn how to take part in the process of creating peer reviewed science.

Thursday 23 May, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Are Bees Smart Pollinators? You can count on it!

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer
Vision Scientist, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University

Friday 24 May, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Climate Change in the Classroom: Teachers' Professional Development Workshop

A teachers’ professional development workshop facilitated by the Monash University Faculty of Science, in partnership with the International Science Council and the Royal Society of Victoria.

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

Monday 17 June, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Victorian Science Week Dispatch Centre - Volunteer Afternoon

National Science Week is coming up, officially spanning 10 to 18 August (with a bit of action either side). As the managing organisation for the Victorian effort, the Society is charged with getting event holders across the state “kitted up” with promotional materials and ready to be a visible part the national effort. We need your help in getting materials out to event holders across the state.

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

Saturday 29 June, 2019
1:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Campfires & Science: Wild DNA at Kororoit Creek

Join the next citizen science outing with Science for All, with an environmental DNA (eDNA) collection and sampling field trip.

Saturday 6 July, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Taking Care of Nature: Linking Backyards to Bush

Speakers include: Peter Noble (Ballarat Environment Network), Irene Kelly and Kerry Davies (Knox Gardens for Wildlife), Anthony Bigelow (First Friends of Dandenong Creek), Charlotte Fletcher (Cranbourne Gardens) and more, with interactive sessions and networking.

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

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

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’. 

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

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

Thursday 15 August, 2019 - Friday 16 August, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saving Species with Citizen Science

Come and join BioQuisitive and Science For All at Monash Tech School for this hands-on workshop about how everyday citizens are working to protect critically endangered species using DNA detection and other advanced technologies.

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

Sunday 18 August, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spot the Bull S...cience

Australia’s best and brightest scientists will present three scientific ‘facts’; the catch is, only two are correct! Your job is to discern the truthful statements from the fiction while the scientists do their Oscar-winning best to fool you into believing the latter.

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!

Wednesday 28 August, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Let's Torque 2019 Grand Final

The Let’s Torque Grand Final returns to the Royal Society of Victoria for another night of top quality presentations by the next generation of STEM communicators. Come along to learn about some of the most exciting STEM solutions and mingle with members of the STEM communication community! 

Wednesday 11 September, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Victoria's Environment - Adapting to the New Normal

Featuring:
Professor Richard Eckard, Director of Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, the University of Melbourne
Professor Roslyn Gleadow, Professor of Plant Sciences, Monash University
Professor Nigel Tapper, Professor of Environmental Science, Monash University and the Water Sensitive Cities Cooperative Research Centre
Dr Pandora Hope, Principal Research Scientist Australian Bureau of Meteorology

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

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

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. 

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
Nanoparticles: Exploiting Colour and Light

Dr Rajesh Ramanathan
Senior Lecturer & Co-lead, NanoBiotechnology Research Laboratory, RMIT School of Science

Monday 28 October, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Protecting Nature: A night with Australia's environmental biosecurity chief

Ian Thompson
Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer, Department of Agriculture

Wednesday 6 November, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Science Says! 2019

Competing in Melbourne for all the glory science has to offer is: reproductive biologist, science communicator and prospective Ig Nobel laureate, Dr Kiri Beilby; theoretical physicist and jazz pianist manqué, Prof Jared Cole; biomedical engineer who believes diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, Dr Kate Fox; science educator, boardgame designer and comedian, Tom Lang; engineer of novel materials, writer of non/fiction and bow tie enthusiast, Dr Mohammad Taha; and immuno-virologist, turning being curious into a profession and wannabe artist, Dr Carolien van de Sandt; with another participant to be announced. This event will be hosted by scientist, comedian and TV personality, Dr Joel Gilmore.

Thursday 14 November, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Art and Life in Earth's Chemical Reactor

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

Thursday 21 November, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gene Tree Project - Music on the Evolution of Species

Gene Tree Project Quintet
Contemporary Jazz, Experimental and Multi-Artform Projects
Professor Andrew Pask
Geneticist, School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne
Dr Amy Coetsee
Threatened Species Biologist, Zoos Victoria
Ms Elissa Goodrich
Independent Musician, Sound Artist and Composer

Saturday 23 November, 2019 - Sunday 24 November, 2019
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Campfires & Science: Wild DNA at Yellingbo

Join us for the latest ‘Campfires and Science’ event at Yellingbo, 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’. 

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
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Climate Extremes: Present and Future

Professor Andy Pitman
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

Thursday 12 December, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The 2019 RSV Research Medal Lecture & 160th Anniversary Dinner

Members are invited to commemorate 160 years since the official opening of the Royal Society of Victoria’s Hall on 10th December, 1859 by Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria.

The evening will begin with the presentation of the Society’s Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research, now in its sixtieth year, to the 2019 Medallist (to be announced shortly), and the Medallist’s Lecture. Following the presentation, members and their guests will celebrate an outstanding year of science engagement with Victorian communities at a special cocktail dinner function, featuring short presentations from our President and a small selection of the RSV’s many wonderful partners and collaborators.

Thursday 16 January, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Exploding Binaries - Stars and Gender (QueersInScience Lectures)

Associate Professor Jan J Eldridge
Astrophysicist, School of Physics, University of Auckland

Thursday 30 January, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Biology of Sexuality and Gender (QueersInScience Lectures)

Professor Andrew Barron
Deputy Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
Dr Riki Lane
Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, Monash University

Thursday 6 February, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Climate Change in Australia & Demystifying the IPCC (QueersInScience Lectures)

Dr James Driscoll MRSV
Geologist, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Monash University
Dr Chloe Mackallah
Climate Scientist, Climate Model Development Division, CSIRO

Thursday 13 February, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Weather Intelligence: Supporting Victoria's State Control Centre

Kevin Parkyn
Senior Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology

Thursday 27 February, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Diamonds: an Implant's Best Friend

Associate Professor Kate Fox
Biomedical Engineer, School of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, RMIT University