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RZS NSW Events

RZS NSW hosts various events during the year.

Annual Scientific Forum

Join us and other zoologists to hear about and discuss various views on a current and relevant topic. The annual scientific forum is a great opportunity to network and catch up.

Wildlife at the Watering Hole

Join us monthly at the Rose of Australia to have an informal discussion on a topic that is bound to get you hooked.

Zoology Career Expo

Do you want a career in Zoology? Come and hear first hand what some of your options are. 

Upcoming events

    • 20 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Rose of Australia Hotel, 6 Swanston St, Erskineville, NSW, 2043.

    New research into the taxonomy and palaeobiology of temnospondyl amphibians

    Lachlan Hart

    Temnospondyls are a group of extinct amphibians that lived before, and during the time of the dinosaurs. Throughout their time on Earth, they survived two mass extinctions and spread to every continent. This talk will present new taxonomic discoveries and palaeobiological studies on temnospondyls which have helped us understand more about great survivors.

    About Lachlan:

    Lachlan Hart has had a life-long fascination with vertebrate palaeontology, which he loves sharing with others. He is a Technical Officer in Palaeontology at the Australian Museum and has recently submitted his PhD at UNSW. He began his postgraduate training at UNE, where he completed a Masters in 2019. Prior to dedicating his life to palaeontology, Lachlan was a primary school teacher for over a decade.

    • 07 September 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, 2000

    Climate change continues to affect ecosystems and humanity more broadly, yet we are still trying to understand how wildlife are responding. The 2024 Royal Zoological Society of NSW scientific forum will bring together speakers from diverse fields to focus on:

    (1) what we can learn from the past, in terms of wildlife responses to shifting climates through Earth’s history,

    (2) wildlife responses to the industrial-era warming of our oceans and continents, and

    (3) the prospects for wildlife in the future, including how they might be affected by climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

    As the world continues to grapple with extreme climatic conditions because of escalating global temperatures, our wildlife are forced to respond. Such responses may be a deciding factor in predicting species’ susceptibility to this threat to biodiversity. We must therefore learn how species are surviving climate-related responses including exceptional heat waves, warming oceans, extreme weather, megafires, floods and even zoonotic disease and invasive species spread. But we must also consider how wildlife might benefit from habitat manipulation or technological approaches being used, or considered, to reduce our climate footprint. The escalating problem of climate change requires diverse voices and novel ideas, and this forum will provide ample opportunity for discussion and debate about how we can best address the uncharted territory that life on planet Earth is now experiencing.

    The Royal Zoological Society of NSW welcomes submissions of 200 word abstracts for both speaking and poster presentations on the day.

    Please send your abstracts to: Pat.Hutchings@Australian.Museum

    Due: 31 May 2024.

    The Royal Zoological Society of NSW also welcomes papers from both speakers and poster presenters to capture your ideas from the day in the format of a peer reviewed publication. These will be published along with extended abstracts from all presenters in the Society’s journal Australian Zoologist.

    Forum Flyer (PDF)

The Royal Zoological Society of NSW aims to promote and advance the science of zoology and protect, preserve and conserve the indigenous animals of Australasia and their associated habitats

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