NB-Zoom presentations

ZOOM on the Northern Beaches

While a limited number of face to face courses are about to commence as from the end of July, the popular series of ZOOM presentations/talks is continuing. Please take the time to check the schedule below for full details – there’s bound to be something to interest you.

Further information and instructions on installing ZOOM can be found here.

These courses are proving to be very popular and with limited vacancies. If you are interested in booking, please contact Ian Thompson for up to date information.
Note that this Zoom series will continue through until November 19, and on a fortnightly basis rather than previously weekly.

All courses are on Thursdays, from 10am-12noon.
Please register by email with Ian Thompson  (collaroyplateau@hotmail.com)
Invitations will be emailed on the Wednesday afternoon prior to each Thursday session.

JULY
2
A Look at Australia’s Flood and Bushfire Weather Extremes
Speaker: ‘Weatherman’ Dick Whitaker
“Droughts and Flooding Rains”, plus “The Red Devil – a history of Bushfires in Australia”

16Nuclear Power – Australia’s Answer to Climate Change?
Speaker: Martin Thomas AM
Should nuclear power be part of Australia’s 2050 clean energy commitments?
We weigh up and the technology, economics, social and environmental impacts of the
nuclear option if Australia is to achieve zero emissions by 2050.

30An Introduction to Sensory Science – Speaker: Dr Greg Organ
How science and industry use the senses – smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing – to discover new information and develop new or better foods and beverages.

AUGUST
13
The Lost Diggers of Fromelles | General Sir John Monash – Speaker: Peter Allen
The Battle of Fromelles, 19-20 July 1916, saw the worst 24 hours in Australia’s history. A century later, forensics and DNA matching led to the amazing identification of almost 200 lost diggers. Comparison with the 1st AIF victories in 1918 under John Monash’s leadership could not be more stark.

27 – Australian Skeptics’ Scientific Investigations – Speaker: Dr. Ian Bryce
Australian Skeptics investigates pseudoscience and the paranormal, and the many dubious claims challenging the laws of science. A large prize is offered for real evidence.

SEPTEMBER
10 – Time Travel – A Look at Time through a Scientist’s Eye – Speaker: Dr. Laurie Wilson
Travelling in time is a favourite theme for speculative fiction, but despite some paradoxes is not entirely ruled out by speculative theories in physics.

PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS:
JUNE
4
– Putting Alternative Medicines to the Test – Speaker: Kevin Murray
11
– Modern Slavery – Speaker: Jim Murray
18
– Past Pandemics, including the Spanish Flu and the Black Death – Speaker: Jim Murray
25
– The Australian Paralysis Tick: Biology and Medical Significance – Speaker: Ian Thompson

MAY
7 – Lesser Known Insects in the Home – Speaker: Ian Thompson
14 – Two Great Talks on Early Sydney History – Speaker: ‘Weatherman’ Dick Whitaker
21 – Living in the Anthropocene – Speaker: Kevin Murray
28 – The First Million Years of Human Communication – Speaker: Dr Laurie Wilson

A number of other established courses are also running via ZOOM but are accessible for existing participants only:
Creative Photography: Laurie Wilson and Ian Thompson
Acoustic Guitar Group: Alan Brand
Ukulele: John Peters
Ukulele for Beginners: Felicity Davis
3ARO Third Age Rock Orchestra: Harvey Broadbent
Drama Activities: Helen Rosenkranz
Intermediate Spanish: Alexis Tabensky
Monday Morning Discussion: Kevin Murray
Topics of our Times: Antoine van de Walle
French: Olivia Kesby (by email newsletter)

Some of our regions are also running limited face to face courses plus special presentations via ZOOM. Details can be found by visiting their regional pages, accessed via the Sydney U3A Home Page.