Science and Technology
These meetings currently take the form of an hour long presentation on a suitable scientific or technological topic, followed by a 30 minute period of comments, questions and discussion. The presenter has been chosen as being someone knowledgeable on the subject, who has normally given the presentation elsewhere before and therefore comes "recommended". These meetings are open to all U3A members and occasional visitors and are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.at 2.00 pm at Petersfield Community Centre.
The programme has a broad variation of topic, seriousness and intellectual depth which is intended to ensure the interest of our members. There is always a discussion after the presentation, so that we can learn more, or add to, the understanding.
Meetings are open to all members and a charge of £2.50 is made to cover the cost of the room and equipment hire as well as any fee for the speaker.
We are joined by members of the Liphook U3A who assist with the planning and running of the meetings. For the future it is hoped that the emphasis on "speakers and presentations" can be varied so as to give local members the opportunity to give short presentations themselves and to lead discussions on their chosen subjects.
At present the Group is led by Keith Hopper, with a Steering Group of members guiding the direction of the Group and volunteers are required to join those currently involved. Please e.mail Keith with your suggestions for improving the Group meetings, visits etc as well as ways in which we can get members more involved in what is being discussed, so as to be more of a learning experience.
The future programme of meetings is attached below:
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Jun 25th||A presentation on "The Age of Anxiety” with Sara Langston of Southern Health NHS.|
The title has a deliberate ambiguity. We live in an age where anxiety and worry at different levels seem to affect us all, irrespective of age. There are also specific issues which are related to older people and this talk addresses topics such as how to identify signs of anxiety, how common symptoms are and how they are generated. Information will be given on how to access support as well as tips for managing worry – both your own and others’. Stress affects us physically and mentally and Sara will also talk about the work of her unit and the way we may be entering an age where there is a greater freedom to talk about mental health.
|Tue Sep 24th||Prof. Barnagi - "The Development of Artificial Intelligence and the Support for Health in an Ageing Population". To be confirmed.|
|Tue Oct 22nd||Keith Betton - "Hampshire's Special Birds".|
|Tue Nov 26th||The Battle of Britain - the making of the movie, with Phil Holt.|
|Tue Jan 28th 2020||Prof. McGeehan of Portsmouth University - "Plastic Eating Bacteria / Enzymes".|
|Tue Mar 24th 2020||Controlling 911 with Phil Holt|