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Lifelong learning

If you are not a member of our u3a and would like to join, please click here. Lifelong learning is an area of particular relevance to U3As. We have several groups in this faculty, details of which can be viewed using the buttons at the foot of the page. We hope there will be a few that appeal to you. 

To contact the leaders for the groups below directly, please send an email as follows:

Transport - u3atransport@gmail.com

Zoom Literature group - u3abasingstokeliterature@gmail.com

If you would like to contact the leader of any other group, please use the Contact us form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the leader of the group in question.

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Science and technology

Our friendly meetings cover a wide range of topics presented by members of the group, with some visiting speakers. Whilst the presentations will have some technical content, the speakers know that audience members will rarely have specific knowledge of their field, so presentations are never difficult to understand.  Hence, you just have to have an interest in science/technology to enjoy them.  


Recent presentations covered:

  • DNA in genealogy

  • Galaxies, quasars, and the Big Bang

  • 50+ years of high-speed trains around the world

  • The development of radar

  • Route-guidance and route-planning


We also enjoy some interesting visits to sites (e.g. research centres) related to our studies.  Recent visits have included:

  • the Diamond Light Source at Harwell 

  • the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, near St Albans

  • Brooklands museum

  • National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton


We hold meetings in a face-to-face environment at The Roger Morris Centre, Eastrop Way, Basingstoke RG21 4QE where there is free parking across the road from the centre.  Our meetings start at 2.00pm, with coffee and tea available from 1.45pm.  Click here for maps and direction


Our aim is to for the presentation to last about 45-50 minutes, with time for questions afterwards.  Also, there is the opportunity to chat with colleagues and the presenter before and after the presentation.  

If you have a topic that will be of interest to this group, please let one of the group leaders know and we will aim to fit your presentation into the schedule.


Members of the S&T group receive an email reminder about a week before each presentation, giving details of the venue (a room in Queen Mary's College), the speaker and the presentation. 


The remaining topics to be presented in 2023 are:

  • October: How DNA controls your life – David Youll

  • November: The contribution of Allied Radar in WW2 – Rod Warner

  • December: Are the pillars of AI being undermined? - David Morgan

Links to the groups:

Venue: The Roger Morris Centre, Eastrop Way, Basingstoke RG21 4QE


Date: 1st Tuesday of the month


Time: 2:00 - 3:30

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