Science in the News
|Convenor: Richard Winterburn||Vacancies|
|Date: 1st Thursday of the Month||No waiting list|
|Time: 2pm to 4pm|
|Venue: St Michael's Undercroft|
Aims of the Group
To Discuss and Learn about Developments in Science:-
- Items of Scientific News from newspapers, television, etc.
- Special Subjects of Interest through Talks or Recorded programmes
- Outside Trips to Local Industries or Museums
The following list will give you a flavour of the topics we have covered since our inception:-
|*Plate Tectonics||*Wind Energy||*Xray Crystallography|
|*Climate Change||*Gravity Waves||*DNA|
|*Sperm Whales and Basking Sharks||*Evolution||*Fracking|
|*Treatment of Parkinsons Disease||*Nuclear Power||*Dendrology|
|*Irrigation||*Sizewell B dry store||*Mycology|
Picture of the Month
Every month we update this home page with an image related to an item of news in Science. The current image shows an aerial view of the Sizewell Nuclear power site in Suffolk. Our November meeting was replaced with a visit and tour of the facility.
We publish a Monthly Newsletter which summarises our recent activities, gives details of future meetings and provides other useful information. The newsletters are indexed under the month name and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant LINK on this page.
At many of our meetings we have presentations given by members of the group or invited speakers. These presentations span the full range of our science interests. A selection of these are available by following the relevant LINK item on this page. If you would like further details of the subject matter, please contact our Group Convenor who will pass you the relevant contact details.
Last month, December 2019 our regular meeting was replaced with a Christmas social get together. We held a couple of quizzes, enjoyed the many sweet and savoury snacks provided by our members and consumed lots of Christmas "cheer" of the liquid variety.
However, all this has been overshadowed by the very sad news on 30th December of the passing of Rod Parker.
Diary of future activities:
Our January2020 meeting, due to be held on 9th January, has been cancelled out of respect for the recent passing of Rod Parker. Rod was our instigator, founding member and early organiser and Convenor of our meetings and without exception a valued contributor to our pool of scientific expertise. He will be sadly missed by very many people and at the moment our thoughts are simply to provide what help and support to Gill, his wife and family as they work through a very sad time.
February 6th we focus upon the topic of Dendrology - Trees. This will be presented by John Loftus a member of the group and qualified botanist.
March 2020 we have a talk presented by Dr Helen Bynum, a well known expert on the history of medicine and medical science. (www.bynumauthors.com/Helen)
In April we are lucky to have a visit from Dr Mark Collins, ex Chairman of The Galapagos Conservation Trust ( https://galapagosconservation.org.uk ). The details of his talk have yet to be finalised but The Galapagos and his interest in specific species of butterflies will I am sure provide an interesting and informative session.
So a full, varied and hopefully interesting next few months.