Science & Technology

Co-ordinators Derek and Dorothy Morgan  Science&Technology
Telephone 01280 813 033
Weekday Normally 1st  Wednesday of the month (see calendar below)
Time  2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Venue RLS Discovery Centre, Brookfield Lane, Buckingham.

Attendees will need to sign in at the main School Reception before coming over to the meeting. They must be accompanied, either a teacher or a sixth-former will be available.

Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates

Science & Technology Programme

Forthcoming meetings and planned topics are as follows – all to be held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the RLS Discovery Centre, 2.00 p.m. during term-time.

7th March 2018 – Ken Smith (Brackley U3a Science & Technology Group) will talk about Latitude & Longitude.

4th April 2018 – Visit to John Lewis Warehouse

An Insight into John Lewis Distribution Centre
John Lewis Magna Park

Knapp – Automation at John Lewis

2nd May 2018 – David Elliott (Open University – will talk about “Carbon Capture” – how to extract CO2 from the air or from power station exhausts  so that we can still burn some fossil fuel.

6th June 2018 – Harin Sellahewa of Buckingham University ( will give an overview of the research work being carried out in his department at the University.

4th July 2018 – tba

August and September 2018 – no meeting – School holidays

About the group

This group is aimed at members with a general interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (past, present, and future developments).

The main criterion for membership is an enquiring mind and a readiness to learn something new through interaction with others in the group; the usual format is to hold an informal meeting with speakers on relevant topics. We arrange visits from time to time, usually during school holidays when we would not normally meet.

Further details available from Derek and Dorothy Morgan by email:

Past Topics

David Elliott (Renewable Energy, Open University – will talk about his book on renewable energy in Africa called ‘Making Energy Changes in Developing Countries’

Visit to Frogmore Paper Mill – Here’s the Mill web site:
A fascinating and instructive visit to the site of the first place in England where paper was made by machine. Thanks to Lesley Suggate for the pictures.


David Elliot (Renewable Energy, Open University) Nuclear Power – Past Present & Future –

Harin Sellahewa (Buckingham University Applied Computing Department) “Biometrics: a journey from fingerprints to wearables”

Visit to MK Museum – An interesting visit led by the director, looking mostly at technological exhibits, the communications section alone is well worth a visit. Website


Andrew Norton (Open University) “Exo-planets and how to find them”
Space Art More 60sec Movies Andrew Norton’s Website

Hisham al Assam (University of Buckingham Applied Computing Department) “Advanced Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence”

Visit to Ardley ERF (energy from recycling) centre. We had a very enjoyable tour of the factory which takes non-recyclable household waste from the Cherwell area and converts it into energy.
Megalosaurus from Waste

“Meg” Megalosaurus from waste.

Science & Technology Group visits Ardley ERF


These links may be of interest to Buckingham area residents:,-recycling-and-treatment/

6th April – We had a fascinating and enjoyable private guided tour of the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  We thoroughly recommend a visit for insight into the developments in computing over the years; there’s something for everyone.  See links in Resources for more information

23rd May some members of the group visited Strakka racing near Silverstone We were made most welcome and some of the more intrepid members were able to sample their simulator, a truly terrifying experience for me – I guess I’m too old.



The RLS Discovery Centre has a series of Community Lectures being held on Wednesday evenings as detailed at this link:

National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park; website is hereyou can book a public guided tour online.

You can see a video of Colossus on the Codes & Ciphers site, along with other interesting items about exhibits including the Robot “George”.

We would also like to recommend a book called “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson, which is subtitled “How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution”. It traces the development of computing from Ada Lovelace way back in the 1840’s right up to the last few years. Could be obtained from Amazon UK, or from other retail outlets including eBay.

The Creative Science Centre Dr. Jonathan Hare’s Website

The NASA Website is interesting

The American Museum of Natural history

Bucks Earth Heritage Group can be found at

Ozone and other atmospheric chemistry

Some associated links to investigate

Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources (David Elliott ex OU professor of energy/technology policy – author of ‘Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources’)

Some related links to investigate

David Elliot’s Web Page

EU: The European Climate Foundation
European Renewable Energy Council
Global: Stanford University- Prof. Mark Jacobson



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