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Coronavirus - U3A Science & Technology Group
All U3A HALL Meetings
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Due to Coronavirus
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From May 2020 we will be conducting our
monthly meetings online using Zoom Meeting Room software.
See HERE for our schedule and below for details.
Online Meetings will still be on the
Third Wednesday of the month, starting at 10:00 am.
Meetings Now Online
Please see below …

21st October 2020 - Richard Cottrell

Sir Jack Drummond - Scientist, Icon or Spy?

Sir Jack Drummond (1891 – 1952) was a world famous nutritionist who is credited with devising the system of rationing used in World War Two.

His murder in 1952 has never been adequately explained.

A fresh look at the evidence shows that:

16th December 2020 - Michael Wardle

The Magic of Mathematics …


Michael Wardle, a founder member of the Purbeck U3A, holder of the Silver Star of the Magic Circle, former Mathematics Teacher and author of several mathematics and computing books, will present an outline of a number of the most fascinating results in Mathematics, including what are recognised to be the “Most Beautiful” and the “Most Surprising” in the subject.

18th November 2020 - Jim White

The Flora of Purbeck

Purbeck is renowned for its rich biodiversity. Jim White’s talk will touch on some of the reasons for this and explore the main habitats and examples of typical flora, both the relatively widespread and the scarce.

Jim White, who has previously lead an S&T meeting and Field Trip in 2016, has worked in nature conservation for his entire career. He first obtained a BSc degree in Botany from London University in 1969 and has lived in Purbeck for over 40 years. He moved here from Hampshire to work for the Nature Conservancy Council/English Nature, where for the last 12 years of his employment he was the Dorset Team Manager.

Jim retired in 2006, following which he was elected as a Trustee of Dorset Wildlife Trust. He was made an MBE in 2008 for ‘services to nature conservation in Dorset’. He is soon to step down from his chairmanship of the Dorset AONB Board, and is a regular volunteer with the National Trust on botanical and bryological (mosses, liverworts, etc) surveys in Purbeck.