In addition to our individual Members, Companions and Fellows, our membership community includes Member Organisations in three different categories:

Constituent Organisations are required to nominate a discipline-based Electoral College with which to align themselves (list of CO by Electoral College).

Branches

The Society maintains close links with ten Branches (Regional Constituent Organisations) which represent its objectives and goals on a regional basis. The objectives of these organisations are consistent with those of the Society.

The Branches are distinct, separate regional organisations with close links with the Society, rather than “local branches” as such. The Royal Society of New Zealand runs a nationwide programme of lectures and events. The Branches are strong active societies, with their own local programmes of lectures, meetings and events – sometimes, but by no means always, in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Members of each of the Branches are entitled to receive the rights of Friends of the Society for no additional charge. Information from the Society goes out to the nominated contacts for each Branch, but not to their Members directly, and the Society does not hold records of Members of the Branches. Members or Friends of the Society are not Members of a Branch unless they have joined that Branch directly.

Constituent Organisations

Constituent Organisations help the Society identify and address issues relevant to the research, knowledge and innovation sectors, and link into the research information and activities that the Society undertakes. Through membership of the Society, Constituent Organisations gain opportunities to further engage with the wider research community in New Zealand, and benefit from interaction with research-based organisations in other disciplines across science, technology and humanities.

The Royal Society of New Zealand has around fifty Constituent Organisation Members. Constituent Organisations are generally discipline-based, that is their members group through an interest in a particular discipline. Each Constituent Organisation is a voting member of the Society, and aligns to an Electoral College.

Members of a Constituent Organisation are not full individual Members of the Royal Society of New Zealand (and vice versa) – being a Member of one doesn’t entitle you to the benefits of being a Member of the other. Information from the Society goes out to the nominated contacts for each Constituent Organisation, but not to their Members directly, and the Society does not hold records of Members of the Constituent Organisations.

For more information on Constituent Organisations, see our Constituent Organisation information sheet (download link below). The three-page document gives an overview of Constituent Organisation membership, and lists the benefits as well as the rights and responsibilities of Constituent Organisation membership of the Royal Society of New Zealand. It’s been developed for existing Constituent Organisations, as well as those considering membership.

Affiliate Organisations

Affiliate Organisations may cover a diversity of disciplines or have broad interest, rather than having a focus on a single discipline.

The Royal Society of New Zealand has ten Affiliate Organisation Members. Each Affiliate Organisation is a non-voting member of the Society.

For more information on Affiliate Organisations, see our Affiliate Organisation information sheet (download link below). The three-page document gives an overview of Affiliate Organisation membership, and lists the benefits as well as the rights and responsibilities of Affiliate Organisation membership of the Royal Society of New Zealand. It’s been developed for existing Affiliate Organisations, as well as those considering membership.

Interested in applying to become a Member Organisation?

For an organisation seeking to become a Member Organisation of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the President or Chair of the applying organisation should write to the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand seeking to apply, and stating the aims and objects of the applying organisation. Each application is taken to the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand for consideration.

To find out more about becoming a Member Organisation, or to apply, in the first instance please contact us by email membership@royalsociety.org.nz or phone (04) 472 7421.

Venue hire – discount pricing for Member Organisations

We offer current Branches, Constituent Organisations and Affiliate Organisations of the Society a discount of at least 25% on commercial rates for venue hire of the meeting and conference facilities in our Thorndon, Wellington building (subject to availability).

In addition, if your Constituent Organisation, Affiliate Organisation, or Branch is considering regular venue hire – say, for monthly meetings – please contact us to discuss pricing.

Our purpose-built (2012) meeting and conference facilities are ideal for a variety of events, from small meetings, all-day workshops and seminars to cocktail functions and dinners. The building is conveniently located in Thorndon and is built to state-of-the-art earthquake-proof standards. Each room offers natural light and pleasant surroundings.

Bookings

To check availability, and discuss pricing, email rooms@royalsociety.org.nz or phone reception 04 472 7421. Don’t forget to mention that you’re enquiring on behalf of a Member Organisation.

Electoral colleges

Fellows, Companions, Professional Members and Associate Members of the Royal Society of New Zealand, as well as Constituent Organisations, are entitled to join a discipline-based Electoral College, for the election of the Society’s Councillors. There are three Discipline-based Electoral Colleges with a total of ten sub-colleges:

Biological and Life Sciences

  • Biological Sciences and Technologies
  • Earth Sciences and Technologies
  • Health Sciences and Technologies
  • Primary Resources Sciences and Technologies

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Technology and Engineering

  • Mathematical and Information Sciences and Technologies
  • Physical Sciences and Technologies
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Technology and Engineering

View the list of the Constituent Organisations by electoral college.

Voting rights of Constituent Organisations are detailed in section 2.9 of the General Rules.