Science and Technology
Since 2005 this very popular group has explored the world around us, and you don't need to be a boffin to understand!
Our talks cover all branches of science, technology and engineering. They are very accessible and intended for interested laypeople rather than specialists. The lively questioning at each meeting shows how well speakers connect with the audience.
Chocolate and Cumbrian trees, fireworks and hip replacements, weather forecasting and antibiotics, geology and solar storms, we've covered them all and much more.
We deal with international themes like nuclear power, climate change and renewable energy, and local issues like the project to deal with the Loweswater algae and the repair of Workington bridge after the 2009 floods. We've looked outwards for planets beyond our solar system and inwards to subatomic quantum particles. We've kept up to date on current developments, with recent talks on fracking and graphene and a talk in October 2016 on the Thirlmere pipeline
Once a year in the summer we go on a visit, and these have included local manufacturers, a biomass power station, waste recycling the local FabLab, the World of Glass in St Helens, and Maryport Harbour
All U3A members are very welcome to join us as we continue to discover more about our world. We meet at 2 pm in the Main Hall, Lorton Street Methodist Church, normally on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, with breaks for the holiday periods. There's no booking – just turn up.
Talks from members are always welcome, indeed encouraged. If you have a interest you would like to share with us please contact me via the 'click to send a message' button.
For more information, our current and future programme is on the Links panel and you can contact us via the 'Click to send a message' link.