Caterham & District

Science

When?First Monday of the month (unless a bank holiday) usually at 10 a.m.
Where?Elizabeth Court, or members' homes (by arrangement)

***** GROUP ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN *****

  • Weekly positive Science updates are being sent by email to members who have requested the information.
  • Occasional quizzes are being sent out by email.
  • One of our members (Martin Hogbin) gave a talk on 'SatNavs' to 2 groups of members, using the Zoom video-conferencing software.

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We meet on a monthly basis, at the Elizabeth Court Nursing Home, Caterham-on-the-hill, with a variety of activities which include speakers, visits and members' choice sessions, when members present various topics of interest to the group for discussion. We also try to let members know of any scientific exhibitions and events they may wish to visit.

Please scroll down the page, to see a video of some of our members at one of our meetings.

Please always let us know if you intend to come so that the room can be set out in the most appropriate way for specific meetings.

If you are interested in joining the group, or would like some more information, please contact the group leaders - Patricia Barnard or Kay Singleton.
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2019 Activities

2019 was an excellent year with the group gaining several new members and fully utilising the extra space at the Elizabeth Court Nursing Home premises to accommodate everyone.

The year started with our now traditional New Year Social with lunch and fun scientific games, at Kay’s home.
In February, Professor Mark Witowski, always a welcome speaker, gave us a fascinating talk on the History of Robotics.
In March, David Tadd, a most popular speaker, gave us a talk on Forensics and Terrorism. He is probably the only speaker we have had who can just talk and hold his audience virtually spellbound, for the entire meeting. He was head of Forensics with the Metropolitan Police for many years.
April and May saw talks by our members on such varied subjects as ‘Leaves want you dead’, ‘Digital Camera Sensors’ and ‘The Senses, beyond the norm’.
In June and July, our outside visit months, members enjoyed visits to the Horniman Museum and the Wellcome Collection. These were followed by a Summer Social in August with popular scientific games.
In Sept we had a magazine of items from our group members, followed in October, by a most interesting talk on the Pervasive presence of Digital Technology and some of the dangers, by Pete Eisenegger. We also had a fascinating trip to Kenley Observatory organised by Martin Hogbin and were very lucky as the sky cleared just as we arrived.
In Nov we looked at scientific literature in various magazines to find articles of interest and discussed these in groups and in Dec we finished the year as has become traditional with a Science fun quiz devised by Patricia.

2020 Programme
Our future programme is as follows:--

Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 7th 10.00 am. Astronomy - a talk by Martin Hogbin. Online via Zoom.
Mon Oct 5th 10.00 am. Do Animals want you Dead? a talk by Patricia Barnard. Online via Zoom.
Mon Nov 2nd 10.00 am Group discussion. Online via Zoom.
Mon Dec 7th 10.00 am Fun Quiz. Online via Zoom.

Video - talk on Illusions - Feb 2020

 

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