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Science & Technology (Wednesday) Group

For more details of previous visits/presentations or to download a copy of the 2021-22 programme, select or click here


Normally we meet on twelve occasions from October to March with a break over the festive period.  Six meetings are held at Clarke Foley for a presentation on a science/technological/engineering topic of interest.  On every other meeting date we visit locations to see science and technology in action, often a factory or other setting.

Because of Coronavirus we cannot expect to make any site visits before autumn 2022 and our meeting room will have limited capacity/social distancing rules.  In these circumstances, both the Tuesday and Wednesday groups have decided to continue their successful collaboration of 2020/2021 by combining forces to share a speaker programme that will operate via Zoom until Easter 2022.

Dates for diaries are as follows










29th Sep

Andy Johnson

What Google knows about us


12th Oct

Prof. Colin Wright

Kill or Cure?  Remedies from 18th and 19th centuries


27th Oct

Jonathan Smith

Blumlein and the history of stereo


9th Nov

Gary Fildes

The expanding universe


24th Nov

Andy Botherway

Discovery of Penicillin - Part 1


7th Dec

Andy Botherway

Discovery of Penicillin - Part 2







5th Jan

Richard Robson

U.K. Dam Legislation and recent Reservoir incidents.


18th Jan

Prof. Anna Williams

A day in the life of a Forensic Anthropologist


2nd Feb

Ian Appleyard

Frank Whittle & development of the jet engine - Part 1


15th Feb

Ian Appleyard

Frank Whittle & development of the jet engine - Part 2


2nd Mar  

Andrew Knight

Technology and Art at Hargreaves Foundry, Halifax


15th Mar

Prof Emanuel Gloor

The Amazon now emits more carbon than it absorbs

Zoom links for these meetings will be supplied to members of both groups.  If at some stage we feel able to return to Clarke Foley, then the talks will still be held via Zoom with limited numbers in the room, and the majority viewing from home.


Carol Taylor and Mike Bamford 


Annexe to the Clarke-Foley Centre, Ilkley


The talks begin at 10.00 on Zoom.


To cater for the possibility of a return to Clarke Foley, each group has booked the room for their respective dates.  To cover this cost and for providing zoom licences, subscriptions for both groups will be £7.00 for the 2021/2022 season.

Contact Information:

U3A Members please contact Carol Taylor (Group Leader) by clicking Carol.

Non U3A visitors please click here.

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