Science Group

Meets: 1st Tuesday PM

Location: Burnley Central Library

Group Leader: Brian Pomfret

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The group started nine months ago and meets once a month at Burnley library.

We ventured into geology for our first 5 meetings and in some cases with the help of visiting geologists covered aspects of plate tectonics, rock identification, the building of the bridgewater canal and fracking.
We moved onto genetics, watching DVDs to stimulate discussion on genetic engineering and the genetics of human disease.

We are at present entering into the realm of cosmology and with the help of DVDs have discussed the multiverse, how many universes there may be out there.

We aim to have discussions on topical subjects reported in the more popular science journals, on televison or on YouTube.

We have between ten and 15 members at each meeting……come and join us.

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month 2pm to 4pm. at Burnley Central Library. 

Next Meeting

There will be no meeting in November due to holiday commitments.

Details of next meeting (in December) will be given in November newsletter.

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U3A Calendar for 2020

The 2020 U3A Calendar produced by our photography  group is now available and can be picked up at the monthly meeting. The price is at cost this year and represents great value at only £4.00. If you would like one and cannot get to the meetings call Stuart Thorn and we will get one to you or tell you where you can pick one up.

October Open Meeting

The October Open Meeting will be held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB12 8JH on Thursday 24 October 2019 commencing at 2:30pm. The meeting will feature a talk on “Tudor origins of words we use today” by Lavinia Tod.

A full list of our Open Meetings for 2019 is available on our Schedule of Open Meetings Page.

See Barbara Milne’s Penrith adventure

Submissions for OCTOBER & NOVEMBER Newsletters

Please note that all submissions for the October 2019 newsletter should have been e-mailed or telephoned to the newsletter editor by Friday 4 October
November – Wednesday 20 November
December – Wednesday 4 December
January – Wednesday – 15 January

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Fancy Becoming A Member?

If you fancy joining Burnley and District U3A and attending one or more of our Special Interest Groups please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page. Guests are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings at a fee of £2.00 per meeting or to attend one Special Interest Group meeting as a taster session. If you have questions or just want to know more about the local U3A you will be welcome to chat with one of our Greeters at the monthly meeting from 2:00pm. The monthly meetings are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH (see our location) and commence at 2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. Download our Introductory Brochure (PDF).