The Society's Aims:

Fostering an awareness of the developments in Science and Technology in the wider community in and around Cirencester

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Welcome to the

Cirencester Science & Technology Society


The Society's objective is to spread the understanding of Science, especially in schools in the Cirencester area. It arranges a series of ten lectures during each academic year, on a varied selection of topics. Talks are intended to appeal to a wide range of interests and levels of scientific background, conducted in an open and friendly atmosphere.

We also organise visits to various places including factories, power stations, wildlife reserves and museums, always with special attraction for people interested in science and technology.


The Next Meeting:

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017
   Ecology at the Ends of the Earth

given by Prof. David Hopkins, RAU
  • Venue: RAU
  • Antarctica will be the main focus of this talk, but I will make some contrasts with the Arctic. Antarctica is the harshest terrestrial environment on the Earth and is often referred to as the highest, driest, oldest  and coldest continent. Coldness is probably not very surprising, but dryness may be – the polar deserts of Antarctica are the Earth’s driest desert.  Yet in this harsh and unforgiving environment, there are active biological community adapted to function and survive.

    Most of what we know about the biological communities in Antarctica has only been discovered in the past few decades, and the picture emerging is of a community dominated by micro-organisms and minute plants and animal living specialised lives responding to environmental factors at the limit of those that humans can appreciate.

For full details of this and other future lectures please see the Lecture Programme page.

The Next Visits:

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017
   National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton

  • The National Oceanographic Centre(NOC) is the UK’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, with a remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science. 

    NOC addresses four big challenges:

    • Securing clean energy, minerals and other resources.
    • Protecting people and property from natural disasters like coastal flooding and extreme weather.
    • Protecting the future productive capacity of the oceans ecosystems.
    • Making sense of global scale environmental changes.     

     Our visit will include:

    • An overview of the history of oceanography, covering some of the historic items in the NOC collections.
    • An overview of the research vessels operated by the NOC
    • A visit to the University of Southampton Research Aquarium facility.
    • A visit to the British Ocean Sediment Core Research facility.
    • A tour of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre and the future of marine science and the technology being developed.

     Timetable for the day:

    8.30 am                    leave Cricklade Rugby Club car park
    10.30-1.00 approx     tour of NOC, as above
    1.00 -3.30                  free time
    3.30                             leave Southampton
    5.00 approx                 arrive in Cirencester

     NB bring photo ID with you.

     To book your place:

    • Send your name, phone numbers,  email address,  emergency contact

    to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Chris Stevens, Rocklea, Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 9EQ

    • Pay £22.00  to CSTS

    Sort code 40-52-40,   A/c no. 00016646,   Ref. NOC your name

     Or cheque payable to CSTS to Chris Stevens at the address above.

  • Organiser: Chris Stevens

Saturday, 25th November, 2017
   The Met Office, Exeter

  • The Met Office is the national weather service providing weather and climate related services to the armed forces, government departments, the public, civil aviation, shipping, industry, agriculture and commerce.

    Our visit will include:

    • An overview presentation of the Met Office and its work.
    • A tour of the building, including a visit to the Operations Centre.
    • Visit to the National Meteorological Library.
    • A look at some of the observational equipment used today and in the past.
    • A meteorologist will give an overview of their work, including a briefing on the weather for the following week. 

    Our timetable for the day:

    • 9.30 am                leave RAU Cirencester, you will be provided with a parking permit  
    • 12.00 – 2.00pm free time in Exeter
    • 2.00                         meet the coach to go to the Met Office
    • 3.00 – 5.30             Tour of the Met Office
    • 6.00 – 8.00              return journey to Cirencester  

    To book your place;

    • Send the following essential information required by the Met Office by 1st November, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chris Stevens, Rocklea, Cirencester Rd, Minchinhampton, GL6 9EQ
    1. Name
    2. Address including postcode
    3. Nationality
    4. Date of birth

    NB. There is no flexibility on this required info and timing, and ensure you take photo ID with you

    CSTS also ask for your phone numbers and emergency contact details.

    • Pay £24.50 to  CSTS

    Sort code 40-52-40     a/c no. 00016646     ref . MET your name

    • or cheque payable to CSTS to Chris Stevens at the address above.
  • Organiser: Chris Stevens

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018
   Rainforest & Museum of Army Flying

For full details of this and other future visits please see the Visits page.