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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:

28 February 2018 Gene Editing Ann
28 March 2018 Robotics Ged
25 April 2018 Sewage Disposal Pat
23 May 2018 Fibre Optics Anthony
27 June 2018 Some less well know female scientists Ann
28 November 2018 Plastic packaging and recycling Chris

Recent Meetings

More details of previous meetings are available on our Science and Society Blog
  • January 2018: Milankovich Cycles
  • November 2017: Climate Change
  • 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

Topics of Past Meetings

Electric Arcs Longitude Lithium Nuclear Fusion
The Stirling Engine Sports Engineering The Geological Column Human Migration
Air Pollution from Nitrous Oxides El Nino / La Nina Measurement Finding a geostationary satellite
Renewable/Green Energy (biomass; tidal; water; solar; and wind power) Graphene Fracking The Rosetta mission
Nuclear Power Sleep Spin Offs from Space Geological Time
Satellites Drones Meat; Nuclear Fusion The Internet

January 2018