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 Jan 28th||Prof. McGeehan of Portsmouth University - "Plastic Eating Bacteria / Enzymes".|
|Tue Feb 25th||"The Storage of Electrical Energy" with Bob Slade. A subject that is looking increasingly topical and not to be missed.|
|Tue Mar 24th||Controlling 911 with Phil Holt|
It was a day that changed our world forever. Everyone will remember what he or she was doing when they heard of the attacks on New York & Washington.
Phil was an air traffic controller for nearly 40 years and was on duty on the 11th September 2001. In this fascinating presentation Phil will tell the story of his colleagues at the Boston, New York, Washington and Cleveland air traffic control centres His experience as a controller, instructor, examiner and human factors specialist that gives an unprecedented insight into the most fraught 4 hours in the history of air traffic control.