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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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, 9th May, 2018
   Nitrogen and humanity: a perpetual crisis

given by Prof. Philip Poole,
Oxford University
  • Venue: RAU
  • Nitrogen is vitally important in raising agricultural production but, the drive for yield alone, has led to very high application rates of nitrates at the farm level resulting in groundwater contamination and eutrophication of rivers, lakes and estuaries. Reactive nitrogen in the biosphere has doubled from pre-industrial levels, primarily through massive inputs into agriculture, and Nitrate Vulnerable Zones now cover 55% of England’s landscape. The atmospheric concentration of nitrous oxide, which is around 300-times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, continues to rise each year.

    These are problems of regional, national and international scope that require urgent attention and are at the forefront of the grand challenges for UK and global science. An alternative to added nitrogenous fertilizer is biological nitrogen fixation from legumes. Understanding the biochemistry and genetics of how bacteria, called rhizobia, infect legumes to induce formation of N2-fixing nodules is a focus of our group.

    How we might deploy them more effectively to help ameliorate the nitrogen crisis will be discussed.

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

 
The Next Visits:

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018
   Exmouth Jurassic Coast

  • 08 May 2018 

    GEOLOGY DAY CRUISE ALONG THE JURASSIC COAST 

    Stuart Lines are doing a one-of-a-kind all-day sailing along one of the most breathtaking wonders of England. There will be live commentary from Geologist Richard Scrivenor dedicated to understanding the complex and unique geological themes of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The sailing from Exmouth will take in both panoramic and close-up views of the incredible geology and scenery.  There will be a friendly crew on hand to help us and the boat offers beverages, bar, food and facilities – as well as an open top deck for viewing and an enclosed bottom deck with heated saloon and panoramic viewing windows.

     It will be an early start from Cirencester unless you prefer to make your own arrangements to stay overnight in Exmouth beforehand

     The coach will depart The Beeches at 0630 and leave Exmouth at around 17.30 hoping to return to Cirencester for around 20.30

     Cost  :  Cruise only    £20

                  Cruise and travel by coach £50

     Bookings have to be completed by 31 March in order to secure our places on the cruise.

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     Send cheque made payable to CSTS to Daphne Morton, 53 Victoria Road, Cirencester GL7 1ES

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  • Organiser: Daphne Morton

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018
   Westmill

  • WESTMILL SOLAR ENERGY AND WIND FARM

    This is a provisional date.  Details of the visit are to be confirmed in in due course

  • Organiser: Bunny Lees -Smith

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