The Group meets on the third Wednesday of most months between 9.30 and 11.00 am in the Holy Trinity Centre – click here to find this location. (then use your browser's back button to return to this page)
Meetings are in the lower classroom behind the Main Hall. We usually have a talk or presentation given by one of our members or visitors for about 45 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. If there is time, we have coffee and biscuits.
Science Group Programme for 2019
November 20th A talk on Sonar - David Nunn
David has had a long career in developing sonar systems for ships and submarines. He will explain the basics of how sound travels in water and then move on to describe how sonar has developed into a sophisticated detection and classification system for military vessels as well as in commercial uses. It is an essential tool in research such as side-scan sonars used to scan the seabed for ancient wrecks.
No meeting in December
The U3A Science group has a broad remit. As well as revisiting topics that people will have experienced at school or later in life, from a modern perspective, we also aim to keep abreast of recent subjects of contemporary interest. The tantalising possibilities of life on exoplanets or of satellite landings on comets or on the moons of the outer planets of the solar system, may be looked at. Closer to home, scientific issues here on Earth - for instance the problem of how to tackle drug resistant bacteria or the knotty concern facing us all with global warming - may be examples we consider.
The British Science Association has the objective of "Making science a fundamental part of culture and society"_
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Other venues for science talks/lectures
The Royal Institution in London
The Royal Society in London
Thomas Hardye School
Weymouth U3A Science Group
MOOC courses and Future Learn from your home via a computer
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More information is also available from the National U3A. You need to be a member to log in.
We do appreciate the commitment of all our speakers. Presenting the talk could be a little daunting at first, although no-one expects the speaker to be a total expert.
Contributions from other members have often led to a lively discussion. It would be encouraging if more members could find the time to develop talks.
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