- Dr. Michael de Podesta MBE. D.Phil C.Phys. F.Inst P
- National Physics Laboratory
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.
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.