Lecture Program 2014

The Royal Society offers lectures on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.  The lectures are free, open to the public and start at 7:00pm unless otherwise stated.  The venue is the Society’s lecture theatre upstairs at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.



Title of Presentation


13 Assoc Professor Paul Stoddart A Light Touch: Optics in medicine and biology
Engineering & Industrial Science, Swinburne University
27 Dr Rosemary Lester The Bugs Bite Back: Bacterial resistance and superbugs
Chief Health Officer, Victorian Department of Health


13 Professor Tim Entwisle Curing Plant Blindness and Illiteracy
Director & CEO, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
27 Dr June Ross Picturing Kimberley’s Past:  Megafauna, Boat People and Changing Economies
Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, UNE


10 Professor Rob Shepherd J E Cummins OBE Annual Oration
Director, Bionics Institute, University of Melbourne Medical Bionics: Engineering solutions for damaged nerves
24 Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting


8 Professor David Macmillan A very little brain: The Pooh Bear factor and animal behaviour.
  Department of Zoology, The University of Melbourne
22 Dr Stuart Mills Bonding in the world of minerals:  It’s crystal clear
Senior Curator, Geosciences at Museum Victoria


12 Professor Steven Chown Supersizing humans, downsizing Life: Why is everything getting smaller except us?
Head School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
26 Dr Jason Tye- din Gluten, wheat & coeliac disease: dissecting the facts from the fad
Head, Coeliac Research at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute


10 Q & A – Nuclear Energy Details to be advised
24 Professor Joel Brugger AW Howitt Annual Lecture
Monash University
Joint meeting – Geological Society of Australia (Vic)
In celebration of the International Year of Crystallography


14 Dr Andrew Prentice Pluto’s Moons and the Birth of the Solar System
Monash Centre for Astrophysics
28 Commemoration of bicentenary of death Matthew Flinders Details to be advised


11 Professor Caryl Nowson Stormy weather in the sunny country: Vitamin D and public health
Centre for Physical Activity & Nutrition Research, Deakin University
25 Young Scientist Research Prizes Note earlier start time of 6:30pm


9 Dr Andrew McCowan Effects of dredging in Port Philip Bay
Managing Director, Water Technology
23 The Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for Physical Sciences Winner to be announced


13 Professor Doug MacFarlane Joint meeting with ATSE
School of Chemistry, Monash University Towards a low carbon society: Challenges and alternate energy solutions
27 Very Young Scientists Note earlier start time of 5:00pm
Event celebrating RSV sponsored Science Talent Search winners


11 RSV Victoria Research Medal Lecture Medallist to be announced
Human Health or Medical Sciences