Science & Technology Group

The group meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of the month at the Harnham Memorial Hall, Watersmeet Lane, East Harnham, Salisbury at 10.00 am
unless otherwise stated.
There is a small charge of £1.00 to cover the cost of hiring the hall and paying our lecturers.
There is no membership of the group required.  Just turn up.  Members from any U3A are most welcome.

The Sci-Tech Conference Visits

2006 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016


Title of Event


26/09/2016 Bees in Wiltshire Fee Robinson

Climb Every Mountain -
A cycling adventure across New Zealand’s North Island showing how physics managed to worm its way into practically every aspect of the trip and why experienced cyclists are economical with the truth about hills. There are slides on selected science topics and these complement photos, time-lapse and real time videos to give a touring cyclist’s view of this rugged and scenic island.

Peter Elbro
28/11/2016 The History Project -
ArtCare’s Lesley Meaker, provides a glimpse of Salisbury Hospital’s past with letters by Florence Nightingale and old medical equipment to photographs of the General Infirmary and royal visits.
Lesley Meaker
30/01/2017 Archaeo-Botany -
At the moment she is working on a really exciting project examining material held in the Pitt-Rivers archive at Salisbury Museum. Amongst the archive were a number of cigar and pill boxes full of charred grain, complete with the original labels and identifications.
Dr Ruth Pelling
27/02/2016 A Wail in the Ocean -
Underwater acoustics, including research into the area of bioacoustics, mainly the detection, classification and localisation of marine mammals. He has studied the vocal behaviour of sperm whales, classification of humpback whale songs and detection and classification of delphinids via their whistles.
Paul White
27/03/2017 God's Trees -
What might Noah's Ark have been made of? Why was so much cedar imported by King Solomon for the temple, and what would have been so special? Where do frankincense and myrrh come from? What do we know about the wood of the cross of Christ or the ancient olive trees in Gethsemane? These and many other questions are addressed.
Julian Evans
24/04/2017 The Science of Beer Making Simon Jackson
22/05/2017 Tectonics of the Rift Valley -
He will be talking about his research into seismology. Plate tectonics is the fundamental theory behind the evolution of our planet. It can explain the highest mountains and the deepest oceans. Despite this it is a relatively new scientific idea and there remain many unanswered questions.
Finn Illsley-Kemp
26/06/2017 Rare Earth Metals. Used in Magnets, Smartphones etc click on the link on left to see a superb web site on this topic. Linda Morley BSc (Hons)
You can print the programme from this link

As with many activities there is a Website that covers Science & Technology.

How about looking at the following?

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE a Forum for debating science issues, at SALISBURY RUGBY CLUB, CASTLE ROAD on Tuesdays.

Meetings are free and open to all. Doors open at 7.00pm when the bar and Café will be open for light refreshments before the event which starts at 7.30pm

Or see their web site or Calendar

South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre

There is a Planetarium in Chichester, West Sussex. It was officially opened in April in 2005. Tel. 01243-774400 Its website is:- www.southdowns.org.uk/sdpt   It has easy wheelchair access to the Star Theatre. If you are within striking distance it is a great venue for a trip. Or if you are visiting the area. Would anyone like us to organise a visit?

Click Here to see a fascinating web site with audio talks on many scientific topics. Super.
The Institute of Physics have lectures locally on topics of interest.  For the latest click on this link

ietThe Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has a series of interesting talks and visits. Click Here


Here is a list of lectures that may be of interest to you. Click HERE and have a look.

GEMS for Inquiring Minds HERE    From Rick Swindell in Australia.
Royal Institution has the Ri Channel that has the very best science videos on the web.
The Royal Society too has some wonderful video lectures HERE

The National Physical Laboratory have some excellent videos HERE

Contacts: Peter Read, Janet Pengelly, Aslaug Abbott and John Wheeler.
To see last years programme click here


Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional