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Monthly Archives: January 2018



Jan 30

New Cross London Group – LGBT (Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transexual) Social and Learning Group

To all London U3As –
Following an article in a recent TAM magazine from Wandsworth U3A member Maggie Jones, we have created an interest group for LGBT (Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transexual) members and supporters. Although the group is run under the aegis of Wandsworth U3A, it welcomes members from any London U3A, and meetings will take place in Central London.
The group has support from the U3A at Regional and National level.
The group is intended for any U3A member (gay or straight) as a social and learning group – especially looking at the historical LGBT protest movement and campaigners.
In publicising this group (especially via your websites) we hope that this may attract / welcome new Members to our U3As, broadening the diversity within our organisation and making us more representative of the community.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 20th Feb.
The webpage has more details and a link allowing emails to be sent to Maggie, the group co-ordinator.
Any website can link to it using
or  CLICK the Pigeon Link below to get details of the Venue and Times from Wandsworth U3A

Jan 27

March 19th U3A Explores Science at the Ri

DESCRIPTION

Programme

1.15pm Audience arrives

1.45pm Introduction by Martin Davies, Public Programme Manager, Royal Institution.

Andrew Hanson: Measuring Colour
Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us and comforts us. As with every aspect of life, it needs to be measured to ensure good communication and confidence in manufacturing processes for a diverse range of goods from pills to paints. But how do we ascribe numbers to a human perception which is incredibly versatile and variable? The challenge is enormous and human colour perception science is still a lively topic today. Be warned! This demonstration talk will contain surprises – there is a lot more to colour than meets the eye.

2.20pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

2.35pm Anna Ploszajski: Smart materials
You’ve heard of smart phones, smart meters, smart watches… Well now it’s the turn of smart materials. In the future, solid objects will react, sense, change and move according to their surroundings. This won’t be a result of clever robotics or electronics, but rather the fundamental properties of the stuff itself. In years to come, we will be living in self-regulating houses, riding self-fixing bicycles, and driving on self-illuminating roads, all thanks to these so-called ‘smart materials’. These are metals, plastics, fabrics and fluids that react to the outside world without any human involvement, and they promise to change the way we live. In this talk, award-winning materials scientist and engineer Dr Anna Ploszajski will show you the smart materials that will make the material world around us smarter. Expect to see matter doing things you’ve never seen it do before!

3.10pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

3.25pm Tea and coffee (30 minutes)

3.55pm Jack Ashby: The unnatural nature of natural history museums
Natural history museums are magical places. They inspire awe and wonder in the natural world and help us understand our place within the animal kingdom. Behind the scenes, many of them are also undertaking world-changing science with their collections. But they are places for people, made by people. We might like to consider them logical places, centred on facts, but they can’t tell all the facts – there isn’t room. Similarly, they can’t show all the animals. And there are reasons behind what goes on display and what gets left in the storeroom.

4.30pm Question and answer session (15 minutes)

4.45pm Close of meeting

About the speakers

Andrew Hanson
For 25 years Andrew has been professionally measuring colour, from evaluating the appearance of ornamental plants, to building the world’s first national standards telespectroradiometer to calibrate the colour of visual display units and a machine to measure the shininess of cats. He is currently Outreach Manager and Occasional Senior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is past Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain.

Anna Ploszajski
Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials scientist, engineer and communicator, and in 2017 was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is a proud member of the Science Showoff Talent Factory and regularly performs stand-up comedy about materials and engineering as part of Science Showoff at venues from the local pub to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2017 she was a FameLab national finalist.

Jack Ashby
Author and zoologist Jack Ashby is the Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. He is a trustee of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and the Society for the History of Natural History, and regularly writes and comments about the roles of natural history museums in science and society. His main zoological interest is in Australian mammals.

Image Attribution: By AnaConvTrans – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61453323

 

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Jan 27

March 13th National Gallery Day for the U3A – exploring the paintings of Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Velásquez, Goya and Picasso.

DESCRIPTION

Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks exploring the dazzling paintings of Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Velásquez, Goya and Picasso.

The National Gallery’s collection of Spanish paintings is renowned as one of the finest in the world. It is arguably the best place outside of Madrid to study the work of Velásquez and holds masterpieces of the ‘Golden Age of Spain’, the great flourishing of the arts from about 1575 to 1700.

Tickets: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided).

Should you be unable to attend we may be able to offer your place to another U3A member if there is a waiting list.

DATE AND TIME

Tue 13 March 2018

11:00 – 16:00 GMT

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LOCATION

The Sainsbury Wing Theatre

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square

London

WC2N 5DN

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Jan 27

Feb 26th Active Learning and Research: a Workshop for Enquiring Minds

You are invited to an interactive study day with participants from across London Region.

Presentations and discussions will include:

– Lifelong learning: How do we learn as adults?

– Stimulating enquiry-led learning in U3A

– Research with partner organisations

– Challenges and examples of best practice

– U3A support facilities for research

 

The workshop is suitable for all members who have an enquiring mind, whether they have research experience or not.

 

Time: 10am-4.30pm (Registration + tea/coffee 10am)

Date: Monday, 26 February

Place: Canada Water Library, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR (Nearest station: Canada Water)

Cost: £5 (includes lunch)

Booking: Please go to London Region website https://u3alondonregion.wufoo.eu/forms/m1lwo8qe0th9jkq/   Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

Further information: email Liz Day liz@the-days.org.uk

 

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Research and your group

 

Does your interest group encourage its members to undertake research? If so, Liz Day would like to hear from you, so she can invite them to participate in discussions. Please email Liz Day liz@the-days.org.uk if you are interested.