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Science and Society


Coordinator: Ann Apps

Meetings : Monthly 4th Wednesday afternoon, 2-4pm,
in New Mills
September - April

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.


This group is now meeting via Zoom.

Provisional programme:

There are no meetings in May, June, July, August.

22 September 2021 Hydrogen Ann
27 October 2021 TBA  
24 November 2021 TBA  
December 2021 No meeting  

Recent Meetings

  • April 2021: Water Consumption and Shortages
  • March 2021: Vitamins
  • February 2021: Home Insulation and Heating
  • January 2021: Sand - a Finite Resource
  • November 2020: The Jet Stream
  • October 2020: History of Epidemics in Europe
  • September 2020: Electricity Generation and Storage
  • August 2020: Covid-19, including medical effects

Topics of Past Meetings

GPS and Earth Tides Palm Oil Rubber The Periodic Table
Water Climate Change Milankovich Cycles Robotics
Human Evolution and Tools Development; Human Migration Famous Scientists Artificial Intelligence Citizen Science
Electric Arcs; Fibre Optics; Transducerd / Sensors; Lasers; Electrical safety in the NHS The Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox - is anybody out there? Lithium Nuclear Fusion
The Stirling Engine Sports Engineering The Geological Column; Geological Time Early Bacteriology
Air Pollution from Nitrous Oxides El Nino / La Nina Measurement; Vertical Measurement; Longitude Plastic packaging and recycling
Renewable/Green Energy (biomass; tidal; water; solar; and wind power) Graphene Fracking The Rosetta mission
Nuclear Power Sleep Spin Offs from Space Gene Editing
Satellites Drones Sewage disposal today; a history The Internet

September 2021