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Science and Society


Coordinator: Ann Apps

Meetings : Monthly 4th Wednesday afternoon, 2-4pm,
in New Mills Adult Education Centre

Contact: science@newmillsu3a.org.uk


The Science and Society Group

This group, set up in April 2009, looks at scientific and technological developments and how they affect our lives. Each meeting's discussion is usually led by a member of the group. No particular knowledge of science is required, just an enquiring mind and a concern for the role of science and technology in today's world.

The continuing programme depends, to an extent, on issues which have attracted the attention of popular media as well as scientific literature. This somewhat ad hoc approach means that we lack structure but enables us to keep abreast of contemporary developments and concerns and enables new members to join us if they have a particular interest. We look forward to developing this flexibility as we welcome non-group-members to come to occasional meetings and to suggest further topics.


Provisional programme for the next few months:

22 November 2017 Climate Change Chris
27 December 2017 No meeting  
24 January 2018 Milankovich Cycles Derek

Recent Meetings

More details of previous meetings are available on our Science and Society Blog
  • October 2017: Water
  • September 2017: Citizen Science
  • July 2017: Artificial Intelligence
  • June 2017: Some Famous Scientists: Thomas Telford; Dorothy Hodgkin; Charnley
  • May 2017: Human Evolution and Development of Tools
  • April 2017: Electric Arcs
  • March 2017: Longitude
  • February 2017: Lithium
  • January 2017: What's in the News?
  • November 2016: The Stirling Engine
  • October 2016: Sports Engineering
  • September 2016: The Geological Column
  • July 2016: Human Migration
  • June 2016: Air Pollution from Nitrous Oxides
  • May 2016: El Nino / La Nina
  • April 2016: Measurement
  • March 2016: Finding a geostationary satellite; and What's in the News?
  • February 2016: Renewable/Green Energy (biomass; tidal; water; solar; and wind power)
  • January 2016: Update on Graphene; and What's in the News?
  • November 2015: Fracking
  • October 2015: Updates on: Drones; and the Rosetta mission
  • September 2015: Nuclear Power
  • August 2015: Sleep; and What's in the News?
  • July 2015: Spin Offs from Space; and What's in the News?
  • June 2015: Geological Time; and What's in the News?
  • May 2015: Satellites; and What's in the News?
  • April 2015: Drones; and What's in the News?
  • March 2015: Meat; Nuclear Fusion; and What's in the News?
  • February 2015: The Internet; and What's in the News?
  • January 2015: What's in the News?

October 2017