Petersfield

Science and Technology

Status: Meeting on Zoom and secure location where possible
When: Fourth Tuesday at 2pm See the Events page for future meetings
Where: Petersfield Community Centre
Access: Fully accessible
Notes: These meetings are open to ALL u3a members and occasional visitors. 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.
Contact: Malcolm Muggeridge, Convenor Click the Message icon

Science and Technology 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".

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.

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 Malcolm Muggeridge, with a Steering Group of members guiding the direction of the Group and volunteers are required to join those currently involved. Please send a message to Malcolm using the Message icon, 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.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Apr 27th

Gene therapy for beginners with Professor Darek Gorecki
Zoom at 2:00pm - Room opens at 1:30pm
Zoom details will be in the Connect newsletter closer to the date

Explaining the principles of gene therapy (including the Covid-19 vaccines), the problems and prospects of this therapeutic approach
Biography:
-----Professor Darek Gorecki was born in Warsaw, Poland where he read medicine and obtained his PhD. He started post-doctoral research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy under Professor Eric A Barnard FRS at the Molecular Neurobiology Unit, Cambridge, and continued it at the University College London. He set up his own lab in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, where he researches molecular principles of human diseases. He was appointed Chair in molecular medicine in 2007 and served a 13-year long tour of duty as the Director of Research. He was the European Wellcome Trust Fellow and the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (to work at Harvard).
He enjoys history (not too ancient), skiing (pastel-coloured piste) and badminton (badly played but spirited).

Tue May 11th Weather with Ray Howell
Zoom at 2:00pm - Room opens at 1:45pm
Courtesy of Waterlooville u3a
Zoom details will be in the Connect newsletter closer to the date
Tue May 18th

Green Energy Challenge with Dr Tom Black
Zoom at 2:00pm - Room opens at 1:30pm
Zoom details will be in the Connect newsletter closer to the date
-----With many governments having committed to “Net Zero” carbon emissions by mid-century and now implementing policies and subsidies to get us there, interest in renewable energy has grown dramatically in recent years. Wind, solar, hydro, biomass, hydrogen, batteries, nuclear…. the list of candidate solutions is long and growing. But how do they all fit together and which are the likely winners? Tom Black will review the field and offer some thoughts on how our energy future might look.

Biography:
Dr Tom Black studied physics at the Universities of Strathclyde and Oxford where he gained his DPhil for research into nuclear fusion reactor shielding. He then spent most of his career as Chief Executive of Detica Group plc, one of the UK’s leading technology companies and now part of BAe Systems. He is currently Chairman of Thruvision (a security-screening specialist) and Chairman of Herald Investment Trust (which invests predominantly in early-stage technology businesses).

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