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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CSTS Lecture Programme 01_01_2020

The Programme Calendar on Google can be accessed by using this link:


Members' Social Evening (24_07_2018)

The Committee invites members to join us at the elegant and historic Bathurst Suite of the RAU, for drinks, nibbles and discussion.

2016 Oxfordshire Science Festival (23_06_2016)


The 2016 Oxfordshire Science Festive programme is live!

23rd June   to   3rd July

This year, the Oxfordshire Science Festival kickstarts a new format! Thanks to the support of Science Oxford, we’re hoping to build a major science festival in Oxfordshire over the coming years. Meet scientists with lively hands-on activities, thought-provoking talks and debates, and inspiring events showcasing science through the arts. There is something for everyone, so don’t wait to explore our programme!

Oxfordshire Science

Check our full programme online at where you can browse through each of the events, or download our full brochure.

See something interesting? Follow the '
Book Now' button on our website or go to

Be sure to enter '
Earlybird10' to get 10% off till 31 May.

Patron's Lunch (12_06_2016)

Street Party at the RAU to Celebrate

Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday

Patron's Party


Chris Gaskell
Bledisloe Memorial Lecture (11_12_2015)

Royal Agricultural University: Bledisloe Lecture 2015

 I am delighted to be able to invite you and your members to our annual Bledisloe lecture which this year is being given by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG, Founder and Chairman of BRAC and winner of the 2015 World Food Prize. The title of Sir Fazle’s lecture will  be ‘Empowering the Poor in the Fight against Hunger’.

 The lecture will be given on Friday the 11th of December and the details of the time and arrangements are in the attached invitation. I hope you are able to join us – please let me know if you need any further details.

 Kind regards


 Professor C J Gaskell CBE

Vice Chancellor



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Monstrous Commotion Book Launch (19_11_2015)
  • Gareth Williams, who gave us an excellent talk about Edward Jenner in January 2014, has invited all our members to the launch of his new book, 'A Monstrous Commotion - The Mysteries of Loch Ness'.  
  • Thursday 19th November, 7-9pm, All Saint's Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Briston BS8 3ED
  • Monster Book Launch
Brewery Arts (30_10_2015)
There is a charming exhibition of kinetic toys at New Brewery Arts until 31 October, which all our members should visit!
Open Day at Harwell (11_07_2015)

The following announcement has come from Harwell.  CSTS is not organising a visit to this, but members may wish to make their own arrangements to attend.

RAL Solar B Instrument in space test chamber

Good Afternoon,

We are pleased and excited to announce that we will be holding a Public Open Day at Harwell on Saturday 11 July.  All of our facilities at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory will be open, as well as our partners the Diamond Light Source and the Research Complex at Harwell.

There are more details on our website – – about all of the different things you can see and do when you’re on campus.  The day will open at 9:30 and last entry will be at 16:30 (closing at 17:30).  You will be free to arrive throughout the day and to plan your own visit, deciding which of our facilities you would like to visit, which talks you would like to attend, and which activities you would like to take part in.

There will be plenty to see – including some of the most powerful lasers in the world, live links to CERN and our underground laboratory at Boulby and our newly installed thermal vacuum chamber, which is the largest in the UK, giving you the chance to learn how we use this equipment to test the satellites and spacecraft that are currently allowing us to explore our solar system and the Universe beyond.  You’ll be able to visit Diamond Light Source, as well as some of the UK’s most powerful supercomputers and our state-of-the-art engineering workshops.  You will also be able to meet researchers from around the UK, including the UK Space Agency, at our science fair.  There’ll be plenty for our younger visitors as well, whether it’s comet making, measuring the strength of biscuits or popping balloons with lasers.

In order to help us plan the event properly, we are asking people to let us know they’re planning to attend - you can register for places via the website, or directly on our registration page:

If you have any questions at all, please do let us know.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in July!

Best wishes,

The Public Engagement Team at RAL


A Day in the Life of Sir Mark Walport FRS (22_04_2015)

Thornbury Arts Festival
LEGUMES (11_02_2015)


The 11th Annual International Rural Development Seminar 

   WEDNESDAY 11th February 2015
   Boutflour Hall, Royal Agricultural University

Including talks on:

"Current research on the potential of bioactive legumes for animal nutrition and sustainability",

"Legumes.... Difficult for farmers to resist?",

"UK pulse crop utilisation and international markets",

"Genetic approaches to improved seed quality traits in UK pulse crops",

"N2-fixation by legumes and its transfer to cereals" and

"Using plant plasticity to study nodulation in legumes",

and featuring a Legume-based cooking demonstration!

Admission is free.  For more information, or to self register, go to & search for "legumes" or click here


Battlefields: the Story of Polio (10_02_2015)

Battlefields: the Story of Polio     by Dr Gareth Williams

 Date: 10th February

Start time:   18:30

End time:    19:30

Where: Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 2AJ

Author: Western branch, Society of Biology

A lecture by Dr Gareth Williams on the history of the polio virus.
Polio, as Gareth Williams suggests, was one of the diseases that defined the 20th century. It is a disease that also defines the history of medicine. Millions of lives have been tragically lost since poliomyelitis was first identified in 1847, yet we are now at a point where polio has almost been completely eradictaed. It has been a fasicnating story and you are invited to join the Western branch of the Socity of Biology at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol to learn more from expert, Dr Gareth Williams. 

Contact and Booking:   Log in or register to make a booking

The event is open to all and free for members of the Society of Biology. There will be a small charge of £3.00 for non-members, which can be paid online. Please book your place via the link at the top of the page and  contact David Urry (020 7685 2576) if you have any difficulty making your booking.   

Please contact if you have any questions about the event itself.

The link to above is:

and if any questions please ask David Urey on or call (020 7685 2576).

Member's Publication (01_01_2015)

Member's Publication

Members may be interested to hear that Eric Jones, a distinguished member of the CSTS, has recently published a book entitled 'Revealed Biodiversity, An Economic History of the Human Impact'.

STEM Ambassadors Scheme (02_06_2014)


STEM Ambassadors Scheme


The Committee and myself strongly commend to members the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scheme for Gloucestershire Schools.  Two members, Chris Wood and Ed White, have summarised the main features of the scheme in the attached note.  If you would like to help with this admirable scheme, please contact Ed White at Ed.White(at)
We also encourage members who would like to bring motivated school pupils to any of the Society’s lectures to contact Ed White.  It is possible that there may be CRB issues here and so this may have to be done by Ambassadors only.

Peter Stoward, Chair CSTS, January 2010 






1. STEM is looking for Ambassadors with experience of applied science and technology to support the education of 5 – 18 year olds.

2. Primary and secondary school organisers are permanently employed by STEM and they organise workshops (usually half day). Ambassadors help with these workshops. There is no pressure and the workshops represent a good starting point for Ambassadors.

3. Schools welcome support from Ambassadors for
a. debates
b. talks
c. mentoring pupils towards career paths
4. Ambassadors have to
a. register on line at
b. complete a CRB check which is free of charge
c. attend training (90 mins in Hucclecote or could be arranged in Cirencester)
d. support at least one activity per year

5. Insurance cover is provided for Ambassadors

6. Communication is via
a. a monthly e-mail detailing workshops and specific school requests
b. weekly amended websites and

7. STEM organise an annual primary challenge with broad themes; six pupils are invited to showcase their project in front of 40 or so invited adults. Ambassadors could help with mentoring pupils during projects.


Chris Wood, Ed White


UCL Lunch hour Lectures (02_06_2014)

Members may be interested in the UCL "Lunch hour Lectures" available live online each Tuesday  at 1:15pm. 

Please see: for more information.

BBC Radio 4 - Radio programmes with Science and Nature interest. (01_01_2014)

BBC Radio 4 - Radio programmes with Science and Nature interest.

To see the extensive range of BBC radio programmes available, go to    These can be heard via the internet or you can find out when to listen on the radio.