Science & Engineering
Our aim is to share knowledge, learn something new, make new friends, and enjoy ourselves. We usually meet monthly and travel to places of scientific, engineering or technological interest. The photos show some of our recent visits. It’s not necessary to have any background knowledge – we have quite a mix of members!
The leadership is split between five of us - there are over 100 members, a sure sign of its success and popularity, and new members are welcome. In 2019 we introduced a series of talks, as requested by members, which we are continuing in 2020. The leadership team welcome additional suggestions, offers of help, and offers of talks!
Please use the blue bird for general enquiries (select 'general enquiries'). For enquiries or bookings for events - use the blue bird and select the relevant event leader.
Reports and photos of previous visits/meetings can be found in the 'activities' documents under the 'Links' banner, by downloading them.
Note that the organisation's name can be clicked as a link to take you to their website (where available).
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Jul 16th||Zoom talk by Dr Jane Sellwood, former Clinical Scientist in Virology, Health Protection Agency (now known as Public Health England).|
The talk will be about the Virology of Coronavirus - COVID-19. It will be held via Zoom and will start at 10am prompt. The talk will last about 1 hour, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end. If you are unsure of the technology, then log in a bit early to make sure it is all working for you. You will have to do your own refreshments!
The link to log in will be emailed a few days before.
|Thu Jul 30th||Zoom (or Google Meet) talk by Martin Eales on "The Unification of the British Isles: a Lesson in Geology". How England and Wales collided with Scotland, then Europe with Britain and finally the breakaway of America.|
The talk will start at 10am prompt. The talk will last about 1 hour, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end. You will be notified nearer the time as to how to log in. If you are unsure of the technology, then log in a bit early to make sure it is all working for you. You will have to do your own refreshments!
Synopsis: Some 500 million years ago, barmy Scotland was situated near to the equator. It was separated by a vast ocean from England and much of Europe, which lay close to the South Pole with ice sheets over the Sahara and Amazon.
England headed northwards and collided with Scotland around 400 million years ago, together with North America, to form a vast Himalayan-style mountain belt. Southern Europe and Africa joined a little later (some 100 million years after) to form the super continent of Pangea.
Relatively recently (circa 50 million years ago) North America decided to break away and is currently hurtling westwards forming the growing Atlantic Ocean. America tried to take Britain along for the ride, initially causing a lot of volcanism but failed, leaving Britain perched on the edge of the Europe.
Martin Eales was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge then researched for a doctorate and lectured at Glasgow University. He has been a petroleum geologist for 40 years including working for the largest companies in Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy and also living in North Africa and the Middle East. In that time he has studied the geology of most countries in the world and now works part time advising companies and banks on the value of their oil assets.
|Thu Nov 5th||The Science and Engineering group hold an annual members meeting in November. This is for all Science and Engineering group members. This year's meeting is at 10.30am on 5th November in Dursley Methodist Church. There will be NO CHARGE for the meeting.|
To start, there will be a TALK by Martin Cuffe, Crime Scene Coordinator, Crime Command – Forensic Services, Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Following the talk there will be the usual (free) refreshments. Then we may do a review of potential events for 2021, but due to the poor attendance last year, we may omit this - we would welcome your views on this.