National U3A Events




National U3A Events

U3A Explores Science at the Ri   16 Oct 2017 1.15 - 17.00 hrs @ The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

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1000 Years of Illumination 23 Oct 2017 10.30 - 16.00 hrs @ The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

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Setting the Scene: Landscape Painting at The National Gallery  14 Nov 2017  11.00 - 16.00 hrs @ The Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
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U3A Explores Science at the Ri - Monday 16 October 2017


Ian Crawford – Where are the Aliens?

What can modern results in astrobiology tell us about the prospects for finding intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe? The famous ‘Drake Equation’, which provides a rough estimate of the number of civilisations in our galaxy, predicts that space should be teaming with aliens. So where are they and why have we not found them yet?

Michael de Podesta – How do we know anything? And how can we know things better?

Measurement is at the heart of all scientific endeavours. And underpinning every measurement is the International System of Units – ‘The SI’. In 2019 the world will change its definition of four key SI units, including the unit of mass (the kilogram) and temperature (the kelvin and the degree Celsius). Instead of defining these units in terms of arbitrary standards, we will switch to making measurements based on the natural constants of the world around us. In this talk Michael will explain why you should care about this, even though you won’t notice a thing.

Catie Williams – Wild at heart but captive in gut: Exploring the effects of life in captivity on the gut microbiomes of rereleased chimpanzees

Life in captivity is known to alter the gut microbiome of primates, where diet, habitat and sociality all change, but what happens when the animals are reintroduced back into the wild? Catie will be speaking about the gut bacteria of captive, wild and rereleased chimpanzees.

1000 Years of Illumination - Monday 23 October 2017

The British Library holds one of the finest collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world.

Whether religious or secular, the most luxurious manuscripts were illuminated: lit up by decorations and pictures in brightly-coloured pigments and burnished gold leaf. They are among the most dazzling and intriguing objects ever created.

Learn about the cultural and artistic context in which these exquisite works were made in a day of talks exploring highlights from the Library’s collections. You’ll hear from Library curators and other leading experts from The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sotheby’s, and the world of calligraphy and design.

Setting the Scene: Landscape Painting at The National Gallery - Tuesday 14 November 2017

The National Gallery is delighted to welcome you to a U3A study day tracing the history of landscape painting c.1250-1900.

Discover the vast skies and distant horizons of 17th century Dutch artists, the ideal landscapes of Claude Lorraine and the effects of shimmering light captured by avant-garde 19th century painters such as Van Gogh and Cézanne.

Enjoy listening to a lively debate contrasting Constable’s careful observations of clouds, fresh air and changing light with Turner’s dramatic and symbolic effects of colour and light.