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  • Aviation


    The group covers any topic related to aviation.  Members give a yearly talk of their personal choice.  Visits to museums and other places of aviation interest.
    Possible topics for presentation/discussion include :   individuals (pilots, designers, etc), aircraft; engines; airlines; airfields; Military,civil or general aviation; materials; aerodynamics; design techniques; auxiliary equipment; instrumentation; government influence, etc.

    Aviation 300

    Contact :   Frank Matthews

    Meetings :   Friday,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00

  • Ethical Dilemmas


     After an initial presentation members enthusiastically discuss a wide range of difficult ethical problems. Subjects are chosen and presented by the members of the group.

    Ethical Dilemmas 300

    Contact :   Victoria Baxter

    Meetings :   Thursday,   2nd,   10.00 - 12.00


  • Geology


    This group studies the geological history of the Earth with relevant dates.  Topics include

    Geology 300

    • plate tectonics;
    • vulcanology;
    • sedimentation;
    • structural geology;
    • glaciology;
    • mineralogy;
    • paleontology;
    • oil and coal formation;
    • hydrology;
    • remote sensing and
    • planetary geology.

     Each topic leads to wide-ranging discussion.

    Contact :   Tove Horntvedt-Phillips

    Meetings :   Tuesday,   1st & 4th,   2.00 - 3.30


  • Psychology

    The Psychology group will cover topics both theoretically and from a personal experience. Group is shared with Knole. New Members welcome.

    Contact :   Indeg Robinson

    Venue: Otford Methodist Church

    Meetings :  Fridays,   3rd,   14-00 -16:00,




  • Science - Our Universe


    This group will study the science of the cosmos.  This will include topics such as :

    • how we know the life history of the stars,
    • how far away they are,
    • how old space is, and
    • the awesome range of astronomical objects and forces out there.


    Contact :   Stan Williams

    Meetings :   Friday,   2nd,   10.00 - 12.00


  • Science Discussion 1


    The group will explore and discuss areas of scientific interest.  Subjects are chosen by members from a wide range of possible areas, including current scientific debates as well as historical subjects to expand our knowledge of the world.  No prior scientific expertise is needed, just a keenness to participate.
    Past topics have included Crypto Currencies & Bit Coins, Nobel Prize Winners, Electricity Supply & Storage, Understanding Cancers, Soils, Use and Abuse. A similiar range of topics will be explored in the forthcoming year

    Science Discussion Group 1:  Programme 2020

    Meeting Date

     Programme Topic


    January 6th

    Crypto Currencies & Bit Coins

    February 3rd

    Nobel Prize Winners (10 minute sessions?)

    March 2nd

    Electricity supply & storage

    April 6th

    Understanding Cancers

    May 4th

    Plant Communication & Intelligence?

    June 1st

    Soils, Use & Abuse



    Possible Future Topics



    •The Anthropocene Epoch


    •Cyber Technology/ Artificial Intelligence


    •Post Convid-19 Scenarios


    •Mathematics before the Renaissance


    •New Sea Routes


    •Ice Caps, Flooding & Climate Change


    •Synthetic Biology update

    Contact :   Bob Ruffles

    Meetings :   Monday,   1st,   10:00-12:00, except on Public Holidays,  e.g. New Year, Easter and May Day.


  • Science Discussion 2


    This group explores topics of scientific topic interest that may be in the news, or perhaps to understand some of the bigger global and environmental issues.
    Findings can be presented to the group in any form for discussion. The research can be done individually or shared with one or more group members. Some of the more complex subjects will require participation of all group members to maximise the expertise that may exist within the group. Prior scientific knowledge is not essential, just a keenness to explore topics of interest.

    Vacancies exist in the group and if you are interested then please contact me.

    Contact :   Peter Brignall

    Meetings : 1st, Thursday,   10:00- 12:00 hrs

  • Science Open Group

    For details of the presentations to be made at the Science Open Group, please go to the Open Groups page and then click on the Science Group tab.

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