1. Members who wish to post occasional papers should send their submissions as email attachments in Word doc or rtf format to the Editor of the Bulletin, Dr Tony Moody at .
  2. The paper should be of general interest to the wider membership. They could be a review of one or more seminal books (although there is a separate web page for these), or a non-technical review or commentary of a novel or important scientific or technological development. Polemics and original research papers, however, would not be considered appropriate.
  3. The paper should normally not exceed 3000 words and contain not more than 4 figures (graphs or illustrations) and be limited to a file size of 1MB.
  4. The Editor will send the submission to one or more members for a confidential opinion of its relevance, literary construction, and freedom from offensive comment and plagiarised content, but such referees would not be expected to provide a detailed report on the technical content as would be appropriate for a research paper submitted to a learned journal.
  5. The paper should be accompanied by a synopsis of between 20 and 40 words, which can be used on the website page.
  6. The Editor’s decision to accept or decline a submission is final.
  7. The Editor has the right to correct errors of syntax and spelling, but will agree with the author any significant revisions or changes to the text and illustrations.
  8. Accepted submissions will be converted to pdf format and posted on the designated web page by the website manager. The posting will normally remain for about 12 months but may be removed at any time thereafter by the website manager at his or her discretion. The Committee has the right to remove postings at any shorter time if substantiated evidence emerges of plagiarism, incorrect or inappropriate content.
  9. The website page will be accessible to the wider public.
  10. The Society does not accept responsibility for the view or content of papers posted on the Society’s website.

These Rules may be varied without notice by the Committee.

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 


  • STEM is looking for Ambassadors with experience of applied science and technology to support the education of 5 – 18 year olds.
  • 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.
  • Schools welcome support from Ambassadors for:
    • debates
    • talks
    • mentoring pupils towards career paths
  • Ambassadors have to 
    • register on line at
    • complete a CRB check which is free of charge
    • attend training (90 mins in Hucclecote or could be arranged in Cirencester)
    • support at least one activity per year
  • Insurance cover is provided for Ambassadors
  • Communication is via

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


Supporting Teachers - Science is Important!

The CSTS actively supports projects and initiatives in the local centres of education, providing funding and expertise to encourage the teaching of Science, Engineering and Technology in many forms.

Here are some of the support packages we've offered to local schools and to the Royal Agricultural University:

From 2011 onwards: The Society provides £100 each year for the RAU Student Science project prize.  The RAU judges the applications, and presents the prize at its annual ceremony

In 2014 - £150 to Cirencester College, £50 for each of three years, for Commitment in the Scientific Field.

In 2014 - £100 to South Glos and Stroud College for their Hovercraft project.

In 2016  £300 to Stroud High School for their membership of the HiSPARC project. 

The grant will allow the Year 10 girls undertaking a British Science Association Silver CREST to receive direct support from scientists at Birmingham University.  They will also get accesss to a large amount of real-time Cosmic Ray detector data being collected by the many schools and colleges taking part in HiSPARC.  This type of project is important in developing a taste for real science and also delivers a number of other educational benefits (including experience of team working to deliver results against hard deadlines).


We're keen to hear from any local school with an idea for making science real!  Get in touch and we'll try to find a way to support you.



Below you will find an archive of newsletters to 2014.  To view the current newsletter click here.  To view the archive from 2014 onwards, click here.

When three scientifically-minded Cirencester friends thought of forming a small group to enjoy talks on a range of scientific subjects, little could they have foreseen that twenty-one years later it would be flourishing with over 200 members.  Its name belies the wide area from which members come, stretching from Stroud in the West, northwards to Cheltenham and Malmesbury in the South. 

Each year the society holds a series of ten lectures on a varied selection of topics intended to appeal to a wide variety of interests and levels of scientific background.  Members include not only scientists, doctors and engineers but also many who have a general interest in science and technology.

Our friendly meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month, usually at the Royal Agricultural University.  The October talk was an account of the current electrification of the Great Western mainline railway, and on the 14th of November Professor Fritz Verach from Oxford University will be describing the source, chemistry and the benefit to humanity of silk.  Our talk on the 12th of December is entitled “Metals in Medicine: the use of Stents”.

 Students are admitted free. 

Exhibitions have been arranged in the past and visits are made regularly to places of scientific and technological interest, including wildlife reserves and museums. We also offer small educational grants to local schools and colleges for suitable projects, so far this year disbursing approximately £1,500 to three schools in the region.

This website also lists external events of note in its events calendar.


Details of the membership fees and directions to the main venues used by the Society can be found on the Members area of this website.

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