Interesting Events – Dec 2016

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

Monday 5th – Southampton – Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Changing the economics of space: SSTL’s approach to low cost satellite propulsion by Oli Lane Propulsion Team Leader Surrey Satellite Technology Services (SSTL).  Contact Rod Powell – tel 07802 430110 or – 19:00 (doors at 18:30) Please note that this lecture is not in its usual University of Southampton lecture theatre.  It will take place in Lecture Theatre ‘D’ in the Physics building University of Southampton.  This is building number 46 on the University of Southampton map on the lecture locations page. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 or

Wednesday 7th – Romsey – South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society SHHAS Talk

“Controlling 9/11 – the most fraught 4 hours in the history of ATC” a talk by Phil Holt. One of the most knowledgeable aviation after dinner speakers in the UK, Lancashire-born Phil Holt has been an Air Traffic Controller for over thirty years and certainly knows how to talk professionally; his knowledge, secrets and passion are all revealed in his fascinating, witty and informative presentations. 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Wednesday 14th – Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Dark Matter by Prof Justin Read (University of Surrey). Since its discovery by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in the 1930’s, dark matter has continued to capture the public imagination. It raises the velocity of stars and gas in galaxies, bends light around massive galaxy clusters and promotes the growth of structure in the Universe. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 15th – Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Event

Who Sank the Tirpitz?  Paul Beaver returns to the Museum of Army Flying with a brand new Autumn lecture series. As an aviation author, historian, commentator and pilot Paul is an expert in his field. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tickets £10.00. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. Pre-Lecture Supper: The Apache Café team will be serving supper at 6pm before each lecture which costs £7.50 per head.

Tuesday 20th – Bournemouth – IET Solent Network Event

Greenpower Electric Racing Car Design. Greenpower Educational trust is a charity whose objective is to inspire more young people to become engineers by presenting the engineering industry as an interesting and relevant career choice. Teams of students up to the ages of twenty-five build and race electric cars at racing circuits around the country such as Goodwood and Castle Combe. Following on from a successful event in 2015, Siemens in Poole have arranged for young people to illustrate the various design aspects and technical activities involved in creating a Greenpower car through a series of presentations. The speakers include current Greenpower teams, who are keen to share their ideas and experiences. This event will be of interest to those who are curious to learn what Greenpower is, established teams that are keen to improve their cars or anyone thinking about creating a Greenpower team for the upcoming 2017 season.  The evening features a variety of presentations by young people telling their stories of building and racing Greenpower Electric racing Cars. 18.00 Refreshments, 18.30 Greenpower Introduction, 18.50 Parkstone Grammar School for Girls on Greenpower Experiences 2016, 19.10 Siemens Solid Edge CAD, 19.30 Testing a Greenpower Motor, 19.50 Bournemouth and Poole College F24+ Team 2017, 20.10. Lees Lecture, Bournemouth University Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB. Contact John Savage for more information.

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