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Science and Technology

Meeting Details

Meeting DayLast Friday in the Month
Time2.00 pm
FrequencyMonthly
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Andy Curruthers & Ed Tipping

What we do

Our meetings consist of talks by a group member or guest speaker, or visits to places of scientific or technological interest. In the past year, the talks have included Cleaning up the Thames, Antibodies, Optical Illusions, and Earthquakes, while the most recent visits have been to the Barrow Waste Processing Facility and Croppers Paper Mill. We aim to cover all aspects of Science and Technology, and ideas from group members are strongly encouraged.

New members are very welcome.

A geological field trip

Reports

January 2020

General Meeting 31st January 2020

This meeting is to discuss possible future directions. It is prompted by the continuing difficulty of getting speakers from within the Group.

We are of course very grateful to the members who regularly produce talks, but our current reliance on them is risky, and could easily lead to empty slots in our future programmes, or even the collapse of the Group. We should also perhaps remember that a key part of the U3A Mission is to “Promote the benefits of learning in later life through self-help learning”, which puts a duty on all of us to contribute.

Some possible solutions to this dilemma are as follows.

  1. Continue as we are, hoping that more members will contribute.
  2. In collaboration with other local U3A S&T Groups, create a pool of talks that can be “traded”, thereby increasing the number of talks available for each Group.
  3. Invite shorter talks, several of which could fill a meeting slot.
  4. Foster a ‘learning’ structure, in which small groups collaborate on a subject of mutual interest, to produce a presentation.
  5. Split into more focused S&T Groups, within which members might feel more comfortable and willing to contribute. 

Please come to the meeting on 31 January to discuss these ideas.

If you cannot attend, but have ideas or opinions, please send them to us by e-mail.  andyc-u3a@outlook.com, edtipping48@gmail.com

 

Future Meetings

Date Topic Leader
28 February The Golden Section Bob Wells
27 March The Geology of Cumbria Mike Dewey
24 April Radiocarbon  Ed Tipping
29 May Climate change Giles Archibald
26 June The psychology of human survival
- or, why we do daft things under threat
John Leach

 

October 2019

We already have most of the slots for the 2019-2020 season filled, as follows

2019 October 25 Malaria in Cumbria Ian Hodkinson
2019 November 29 Relativity David Shaw
2020 January 31 Open discussion Andy C, Ed T
2020 February 28 The Golden Section Bob Wells
2020 March 27 The Geology of Cumbria Mike Dewey
2020 April 24 Radiocarbon Ed Tipping

Therefore we are in need of just two more talks from other members of the Group for 2019-2020. If anyone is willing to contribute to the May and June slots, please let me know. Also, if you can provide a talk for the 2020-2021 season, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

September 2019

27th September- Weather on Other Worlds - by Ian James

Firstly; my I welcome all our new members to the group and apologise for the rather early advance notice for the next meeting.

Clive and Carole Sutton will be facilitating the refreshments at the start of the meeting, 14:00 for 15 minutes.  We will need to start the presentation at 14:15 sharp please.  Again; we must thank Clive and Carole for their efforts in providing this service at their own expense.  [This will be a trial]

 As usual the meeting will be held at 2pm in the Main Hall at Castle Street Centre.  [New members please sign in and pay your £1.50, thank you].

 Please note that the South Lakes U3A committee has had to make an adjustment to the fees collected at each meeting from £1 to £1:50 in order to help recoup the losses which are growing. This new sum will start from September 2019 for ALL groups.  I will provide a float of change, 20 of 50p coins, to help with the cash issue.  Please make sure you make the correct payment as I have to make up any deficit in the money collected.

 From September I shall be using the SLU3A membership management software [BEACON] to communicate with you by email. Please ensure that the SLU3A has your current email address in order for you to receive future emails. 

 Ed and myself have been mulling over whether we should have a General Meeting of the group to discuss its structure and future direction. Please let both Ed and/or myself know your thoughts on this.  We have set aside the January meeting for this event.

The following list shows the expected future event content.  Anyone inclined to offer to present a talk in the future please contact myself or Ed Tipping should you wish to do so; thank you: -

2019 October 25 Malaria in Cumbria Ian Hodkinson
2019 November 29 Relativity David Shaw
2020 January 31 Open discussion Andy C, Ed T
2020 February 28 The Golden Section Bob Wells
2020 March 27 The Geology of Cumbria Mike Dewey
2020 April 24 Radiocarbon Ed Tipping

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