- 175th Anniversary Program
In October 2018, the Royal Society of Tasmania will be celebrating 175 years – a terquasquicentennial anniversary.
The Royal Society of Tasmania was the first Royal Society to be established outside the United Kingdom
The Society was founded in 1843 by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Lieutenant Governor, as the Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Diemen’s Land. Its aim was to ‘develop the physical character of the Island and illustrate its natural history and productions’. Queen Victoria became Patron in 1844 and the name was changed to The Royal Society of Tasmania of Van Diemen’s Land for Horticulture, Botany and the Advancement of Science. Under the Act of Parliament passed in 1911, the name was shortened to The Royal Society of Tasmania.
Today, with the aim of ‘the advancement of knowledge’, the Society is flourishing and still an important part of Tasmania’s scientific and cultural community.
To celebrate this significant milestone, the Society has put together an inspiring program of events in addition to its usual lecture programs.
30 August 2018
Royal Society of Tasmania Medal Presentation and Lecture
Government House, Hobart
30 September 2018
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) – Inveresk, Launceston
16 October 2018
Government House, Hobart
6 November 2018
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) – Dunn Place, Hobart
10 November 2018
Royal Botanical Gardens, Queens Domain, Hobart
25 November 2018
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) – Inveresk, Launceston
Nov – Dec 2018
Poles Apart Exhibition
Morris Miller Library foyer, UTAS, Sandy Bay Campus
7 Dec 2018 – 5 May 2019
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place, Hobart
27 January – 24 February 2019
Lady Franklin Gallery, Ancanthe Park, Lenah Valley, Hobart
March 23–24 2019
Stanley Burbury Theatre – University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dunn Place, Hobart
- Dinosaur Symposium – Call for Papers – Deadline: 12 December 2018
Supported by The Royal Society of Tasmania, Geological Society of Australia (Tas. Div.) and The University of Tasmania
Abstract submission deadline
12 December 2018
First circular: Call for abstracts
The Organizing and Scientific Committee of DEL2019, invites you to participate in a 2 day symposium to highlight recent advances in understanding the evolution of life on Earth, with a focus on Dinosaurs.
The conference is organized by the The Royal Society of Tasmania as part of their 175thAnniversary celebrations, with support from the Tasmanian Division of the Geological Society of Australia and the University of Tasmania. The venue is the Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart. The Symposium will run in parallel with an exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) called “Dinosaur rEvolution; Secrets of Survival” prepared by Gondwana Studios.
Participants will benefit from hearing Plenary Session Keynote talks by several distinguished scientists on dinosaurs, evolution and mass extinction.
- Professor John Long – _Flinders University, will give an overview on the origin of the species, including dinosaurs.
- Dr Steve Salisbury – _University of Queensland Dinosaur Lab, will talk about the recent discovery of dinosaur tracks in northwest Western Australia.
- Dr Stephen Poropat – _Swinburne University of Technology will talk about Australian dinosaurs through the Mesozoic period and the Triassic fossils found in the Hobart area – _are they dinosaurs?
- Dr Phil Bell – _University of New England, will talk on recent opalized dinosaur discoveries from Lightning Ridge, NSW.
- Professor Ross Large – _University of Tasmania, will talk about research on past ocean chemistry, evolution and mass extinctions over the last 600 million years.
- Peter Norton – _Gondwana Studios, is the creator of the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition at TMAG. He will talk about bringing dinosaurs to life by exhibition.
- John Pickell – _a well-known author who has published several books on dinosaurs will run a Q & A session on dinosaurs, fielding questions from the audience
Calendar of main events
- September 1, 2018: Abstract submission launching
- December 12, 2018: Abstract submission deadline
- March 23-24 Symposium
Themes of Symposium
- Recent research on dinosaurs
- Evolution of dinosaurs and birds
- Proterozoic evolution of life
- Phanerozoic evolution of life
- Mass extinction events
Submission of Abstract
Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words in Times 12 font, headed by the title, authors and affiliations. Please email to: email@example.com before the deadline of December 12, 2018
- Royal Society Postgrad Evening – Tuesday 2 October, 8.00pm – Royal Society Rooms, Hobart
The Royal Society of Tasmania will present its annual Postgraduate evening on the 2nd of October 2018.
A number of outstanding PhD candidates from the University of Tasmania will give short lectures on their favourite research topics, followed by five minutes for questions. As usual, the areas of research are diverse and fascinating.
Nicole Hellessey is a PhD student with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic studies. Nicole was lucky enough to be chosen as an inaugural participant of the Homeward Bound Project in 2016 to raise awareness for women in STEM fields. Nicole is now a passionate advocate for women in science and an upcoming science communicator with the Young Tassie Scientists. When she’s not busily working on her thesis or in the lab, Nicole is a single parent and medieval enthusiast.
Nicole is researching Antarctic krill diets and how they change seasonally, inter-annually, regionally and with the environment. Nicole’s end goal is to help the krill fishery to become more sustainable by understanding when and where to harvest to maximise their omega3 outputs whilst minimising their krill catch. Nicole will be discussing the basics of krill biology and the krill fishery and how they both may change into the future. Everything from krill size and sex, to how much the fishery really harvests from the Southern Ocean will be put under the microscope and open for debate.
Shasta is a current PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania, where she is looking into the impact of wildfires on alpine invertebrate communities. After graduating with Honors in invertebrate ecology, Shasta interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, assisting in the identification of new species of beetles from the Amazon. They even named an insect named after her.
As a ‘Young Tassie Scientist’ she teaches school kids the difference between bugs and beetles, and how to grow up to be a scientist. As an independent Science Communicator she talks about insects as technology, on farms, under your skin and on your plate. Shasta is the entomologist on call for ABC radio Hobart and a member of the Australian Entomological Society Conservation Committee.
There are 1 million species of insects named in the scientific literature. But there are an estimated 5.5 million species of insects globally. That leaves a conservative 80% of species unnamed. Looking at insects in a quiet place like Tasmania it is likely, if not necessary, that you’ll name a species or two. A scientific name, as unique and specific as the species themselves is an international label used to file and access the knowledge we possess about any particular species. So what does that process of filing and acquisition look like when the file does not have a label; when people start stuffing papers into neighboring files or stuff has simply not been filed at all? A treasure hunt ensues! A (hopefully) thrilling account of the sleuth work involved in identifying the Tasmanian golden sun cockroach.
Peter Lynch is a graduate of the Canberra School of Music (performance), Monash University (musicology) and The University of Melbourne (education administration). He has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, and the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. From 1999 to 2008, he was Director of Murray Conservatorium, Albury. In that capacity, he established two orchestras, a number of smaller ensembles and presented numerous public concerts featuring staff and students together with recitals by many of Australia’s finest performers and composers. For forty years, Peter examined in Australia and overseas for the Australian Music Examinations Board. As a classical guitarist, he has performed, broadcast and recorded as soloist and in ensemble with some of Australia’s most highly regarded musicians. These include Prudence Davis and Jeffrey Crellin (Images) and Jane Rayner (Cloud Eight: Australian Music for Flute and Guitar). His MA thesis on Gertrude Healy, the noted Australian violinist, was recognised by way of an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and he is now awaiting the outcome of the examination of his PhD on liturgical music in four Australian monastic communities. Peter and his partner Bronwyn, when not busy in their cottage garden, work in a voluntary capacity at the Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart Archives and Heritage Collection.
The Second Vatican Council heralded a period of immense and often unprecedented change for all Roman Catholics, particularly with regard to matters liturgical. Against the backdrop of Sacrosanctum Concilium, promulgated by Paul VI on December 4, 1963, and subsequent Vatican legislation, this research investigated, through an ethnographic methodology, the responses to the challenges and opportunities that arose through the process of liturgical reform within the Australian monastic context. The communities selected for this study were the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at the Carmelite Monastery in Kew, Victoria; the Trappist Monks at Tarrawarra Abbey in the Yarra Valley, Victoria; the Benedictine Nuns at Jamberoo Abbey, New South Wales; and the Benedictine Monks at New Norcia, Western Australia. The research focused on the liturgical music of each of these communities as it evolved over the period from 1960, two years prior to the commencement of the Council, to 2015, marking 50 years since its conclusion. It demonstrated that, through their collective commitment and the expertise of individual musicians from within their ranks as well as further afield, they resolved, to a large extent, the inherent tension between the demands of liturgical reform, particularly with regard to the vernacularisation of their liturgies and the concomitant necessity to develop sympathetic musical constructs, and the preservation of the treasury of sacred music, especially Gregorian chant. In so doing, they not only succeeded but excelled in meeting the challenge of the reform.Continue reading →
- Obituary – Professor Patrick Gerard Quilty AM (1939-2018)
Professor Patrick Gerard Quilty AM
Patrick Quilty had a long and distinguished career in Earth Science and Antarctic exploration. His many contributions to the Royal Society of Tasmania have been very significant and highly regarded by members and Council. In 1986 he was elected the senior vice-president of the Royal Society of Tasmania, when the Governor was president. He became president of the Society again in 2010 and was the Chair of the RST Foundation for several years besides being member of the Awards Committee. In 1996 he received The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal for his scientific achievements and service to the Society. In 2011 he convened the highly successful two-day Mawson Symposium for the Society.
Patrick obtained his BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and PhD from the University of Tasmania. He spent six years in the oil industry as a palaeontologist with West Australian Petroleum (WAPET), followed by five years as a lecturer at Macquarie University. His first visit to Antarctica was in 1965/66 with the University of Wisconsin, followed by a field trip to Macquarie island in 1968, with a party that identified the island as a unique piece of uplifted oceanic crust. From 1981 to 1999 Pat was Chief Scientist for the Australian Antarctic Division and ANARE. He made a total of 14 working trips south, including three summers in the Vestfold Hills investigating fossil whales he had originally discovered in 1989, and participated in three ANARE marine science voyages.
During his period at the Australian Antarctic Division, Patrick was very active in international Antarctic leadership, serving as a vice-president of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for four years, and chairing the organisation of the 20thmeeting of SCAR in Hobart in 1988, as well as symposia on the Vestfold Hills (1984) and Macquarie Island (1987).
Patrick Quilty has published over 200 scientific papers, including six in the last three years with several more in the final stages of submission. He became an Honorary Professor in Earth Sciences and IMAS at the University of Tasmania in 2010 and has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at California State University. His many awards include Member of the Order of Australia (AM), U.S. Antarctica Service medal, Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Tasmania, and the Phillip Law Medal of the ANARE Club. Two Antarctic geographic features and five fossil species have been named in his honour.
Honorary Professor Patrick Quilty was a warm hearted and generous man, who epitomised the mission of our Society (the advancement of knowledge), and devoted much of his valuable time to Society matters. He will be greatly missed by our members.
- Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards 2018
Applications close 28 September 2018Continue reading →
- Dr Patsy Cameron AO – Voices from the Other Side of the Colonial Sea Frontier – 23 September 2018 – QVMAG Inveresk
Tasmania – 2018 Launceston Lecture Series
Dr Patsy Cameron AO
Voices from the Other Side of
the Colonial Sea Frontier
in the Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk I
1.30 pm Sunday 23rd September 2018
Admission: $6 General Public,
$4 QVMAG Friends, members of Launceston Historical Society and Students
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania
Patsy Cameron grew up on Flinders Island and traces her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother’s line to the northeast Coastal Plains Nation and the east coast Oyster Bay Nation. For over forty years Patsy has been a passionate champion for Aboriginal education and the promotion of cultural heritage and traditional practice. Patsy has a Bachelor of Arts with major studies in Archaeologyand Geography and a Master of Arts in Aboriginal History. Her MA thesis Grease and Ochre: The blending of two cultures at the colonial sea frontierwas published by Fuller’s Bookshop in 2011. She was inducted into the Tasmanian Women’s Honour Roll in 2006 and received a prestigious honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Tasmania in August 2016 for her outstanding contribution to the Tasmanian community. In June 2017 Patsy was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on the Queen’s birthday honour list.
Most accounts of early contact relations between the Straitsmen and their Aboriginal wives, with whom they made homes on the small islands of Bass Strait during the first decades of the 1800s, are permeated with characterisations of slavery and savagery. Much of the colonial record was written from afar, and many who did observe the sea frontier at close quarters had reasons to present biased viewpoints. This presentation, at stark counterpoint to those white masculine colonial narratives that pervade understandings of Tasmanian Aboriginal history, allows the voices of Islanders from the other side of the sea frontier to finally be heard.
- Congratulations Professor Ross Large
The Royal Society of Tasmania congratulates President Prof. Ross Large on the award of the Society’s most prestigious medal, the Royal Society of Tasmania Medal, for his research in the field of geology.You can hear Ross talking about his research on ABC Radio Hobart Breakfast with Ryk Goddard.The medal was presented by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania at a ceremony at Government House on Thursday 30 August 2018.
- Booking Information for The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal Presentation and Lecture at Government House – 30 August 2018.
DEADLINE – 17 AUGUST 2018 – 6.00 PM
We invite you to register to attend The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal Presentation and Lecture at Government House at 6.00pm on Thursday 30 August 2018.
All attendees will need to book and print their tickets by Friday 17 August 2018.
The bookings for this event will open on Wednesday 1st August and close on Friday 17 August 2018.
There is no charge to obtain a ticket and these may be booked via the Government House website as follows:
- Go to http://www.govhouse.tas.gov.au and click on the ‘Events and Tours’ tab on the right-hand side of the homepage. Select ‘Reserve tickets’ for The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal Presentation & Lecture. You will be directed to the Government House Tasmania event on the http://Trybooking.com website.
- Enter the Invitation Code: RSMP18. This will allow you access to continue your booking via the Trybooking website.
- Complete the booking as per the Trybooking website instructions. Tickets should be booked in the names of the guests who wish to attend. Generic bookings, such as “Partner of Mr Bill Smith”, are NOT acceptable. In the ‘‘Capacity in which attending” box, we would be grateful if your guests would indicate the capacity in which they will be attending the reception, e.g: Organising Committee, Board Member, Member, etc. Ticket(s) will be sent to the guest’s nominated email address.
- Guests will need to print their ticket(s) and ensure that they bring it/them to Government House on the evening or, alternatively, the ticket(s) can be scanned from a mobile phone.
- The closing date for bookings is Friday 17 August 2018 (6.00 pm).
We look forward to seeing you there.
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- Congratulations Prof. Trevor McDougall – Fellow of AGU
Congratulations Trevor McDougall!
The Royal Society of Tasmania is proud to report that Professor Trevor McDougall, one of our members, has just been announced a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
The AGU Fellowship is an honour given to individual AGU members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their fields.
The AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with nearly 60,000 members in 139 countries. It is dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs.
This year’s Fellows will be celebrated at a ceremony in December at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.Continue reading →
- Royal Society Bursaries
The Royal Society of Tasmania
Honours and Bursary Committee
About 20 years ago Dr. Peter Smith, a long time and valued member of the Society, noticed with the then Secretary that there were Tasmanian students in science who, having represented this state at a National science event of substance, were chosen to travel overseas and represent Australia at a similar but globally oriented activity. Over the years since, the Society has supported such students when they applied to the Society, but it has been very much ad hoc and not even advertised.
Last year the Council made a decision based on a recommendation from the Honours Committee that we would formalise this option of supporting outstanding young students who represent Australia at an international summer school, or similar. We named this a “Royal Society of Tasmania Bursary” and circulated details to key teachers around the state in both government and private schools.
We received quality applications for bursaries and are delighted to report that in this 175th year of the Society, nine young people will attend global science activities in Beijing, Cape Kennedy and London. We also supported two students to attend the Junior ANZAAS* school in Melbourne. The age range of the students is around sixteen to seventeen years old. (The names of this year’s recipients are set out below.)
In following years we will continue to offer these bursaries, but the number awarded is more likely to be about three or four per year. The standard of work our young people are doing now is quite outstanding and so our members can rest assured that the Society continues to “advance knowledge” in the next generation. It is also our fervent hope that we can move into the arts, as we acknowledge that key part of learning and developing.
Dr John G. Thorne AM
Chairman of the RST Honours and Bursary Committee
Recipients of Royal Society of Tasmania bursaries for 2018.
Dominic Grose and Max Cross attended the Junior ANZAAS Science School in Melbourne.
Rose Donnelly and Fergus Ayton attended the world-wide Science Summer Experience in London.
Raiden Lemon attended the global physics challenge in Beijing.
As a team, Alex Titchen, Koh Kawaguchi, Fergus Charles, Fabian Natoli, James Pash and Alex Hogan-Jones participated in the NASA/ Cape Kennedy science challenge.
All the students who traveled overseas were representing Australia having been chosen from an earlier but similar Australia-wide event.
*ANZASS – The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science is an organisation that was founded in 1888 by Archibald Liversidge as the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science to promote science.Continue reading →
- Susannah Fullerton OAM – “And so to bed … The Diary of Samuel Pepys” – Wednesday November 14 at 8.00pm, Royal Society Rooms, TMAG, Dunn Place Hobart
The diary of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) has long been considered the greatest diary in the English language. Historians have found it invaluable, but it is also a superb work of literature and the record of an extraordinary man.
Founder of the modern English navy, President of the Royal Society, Member of Parliament, author of books on the navy, talented musician and composer and lover of a very large number of women, Samuel Pepys delighted in many aspects of Restoration London and recorded them all in his diary.
“And so to bed …”, Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Pepys, tells of his experience of the Plague and the Great Fire, his constant womanising, his theatre-going and his dinners. Susannah loves to share her enthusiasm for this most human and delightful of diarists.
Please note the special time of Wednesday 14th of November for this lecture.
Further information can be found on Susannah’s website
Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRS(N), has been president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, this country’s largest literary society, for the past 22 years. She is the author of several books on Jane Austen and gives many talks around the world about her favourite novelist.
Susannah also gives talks at libraries, schools, the Art Gallery of NSW and State Library of NSW on many other famous writers, such as Pepys, Oscar Wilde, the Brontës, Dickens, Trollope and many more. She has written Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia about famous authors visiting Australia, and has also written and recorded two audio CDs, Finding Katherine Mansfield and Poetry to Fill a Room. Susannah also leads literary tours to the UK, France, Italy, Scandinavia, NZ and America for Australians Studying Abroad.