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From 2021, the Executive Committee will have two vacancies. The Committee meets monthly and, in normal times, also runs the monthly meetings for members. It organises other annual events and oversees all the various learning activities offered by our charity. In joining the Committee you will be able to help shape the future of Epping Forest u3a in the post-COVID era. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jill Gunter, the current committee chair.

U3A Facebook Keeping In Touch
The Third Age Trust has established a Facebook group called "Keeping In Touch" that any U3A members can join. You do need to sign up to Facebook, but then you can interact with members from other U3As who regularly post information about their activities during the COVID-19 lockdown. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/U3AKeepingInTouch.

Online Activities for U3A Members
Jane Brown, a member of Woodford and Wanstead U3A has compiled a list of web sites run by galleries, museums, theatres, zoos and other organisations that are providing video feeds to live events and video-recorded performances and tours that our members can also use. These are shown in the Link in the right-hand column of this page. Many thanks to her and to Woodford and Wanstead U3A for this information.

To Keep Your Mind Active: TED Talks
During these times of social distancing and isolating, most of us spending much more time at home than we would normally. The usual activities of our U3A are temporarily shut down. We do at least have access to the resources of the Internet and World Wide Web and for those members that know their way around online - which must mean any of you reading this item - there is one particular resource that is worth visiting for the wide range of video talks it makes available on all kinds of topics. These are the TED Talks.

"TED" stands for technology, education and design. You can find it by simply typing "TED Talks" into any search engine such as Google or Bing. It has over 3000 talks by experts on a diverse array of subjects, many of which overlap with the themes covered by our own interest groups. These talks are mostly quite short - between 10 and 20 minutes in length, although there are some longer ones (30 minutes to an hour).

Since the spread of coronavirus beyond China, the people behind TED Talks have constructed a series of remote video interviews with various experts on the subject of this virus and its outbreak. There is a particularly interesting interview with Bill Gates who, five years ago, gave a TED Talk warning about the possibility, or as he saw it, probability, that a pandemic of this kind would occur. At that time, he argued that the world was unprepared for it and needed to get its collective act together.

There is also a talk by Sonia Shah, who is an expert on pandemics, about global factors such as urbanisation that have created the conditions under which species-to-species viral jumps from animals to humans, like the current coronavirus infection, have become more likely to occur.

Also recommended are talks by Matt Walker on sleep and others by Supasom Suwajanakorn and Doug Roble on how digital technology can create life-like virtual representations of real people, such as Barak Obama, that are indistinguishable from the real person. There's loads of interesting material here.