Society members and guests were delighted to welcome and induct Professor Peter Doherty AC as our 2017 Fellow. Peter is well known in the science community as a vigorous advocate for the role of science in society and a proponent of the scientific method. He is celebrated for his outstanding achievement in the field of infection control and immunology, recognised through the award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1996.
David Zerman was inducted as the RSV’s 71st President at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 27th April.
“I am exceptionally honoured to have been elected the 71st President of the RSV.
My predecessors since the RSV was established in 1854 include some very notable people who have contributed to the scientific and community development of Victoria, Australia and internationally. “
Since its Centenary year (1959) the Royal Society of Victoria has awarded an annual Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research. The Award consists of a Silver Medal, which recognises outstanding contributions to scientific research in one of four categories, which rotate from year to year. In 2017, nominations are invited for the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in Category I: Biological Sciences (non-human).
Members will be saddened to learn of the death of Associate Professor Alan Louey Yen. Alan served on Council from 2005 to 2007 and held the position of Honorary Editor of our journal, the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. During this time, Alan organised several regional symposia on environmental issues, the papers from which were published in special issues of the Proceedings.
SATURDAY, 22 APRIL, 2017. Many of our members have indicated their alarm at the recent tenor of domestic and global political debate and rhetoric, particularly where this foments uncertainty around the validity and integrity of scientists and the scientific process, apparently to suit ideological or commercial agendas before the interests of sound objective reasoning and evidence-based decision making.