'Wisdom requires knowledge. So in the first place there is a need, more pressing than ever before, for as many

people as possible to be scientifically literate. Without that literacy, it will be very difficult for citizens to take wise

decisions and for political representatives and policymakers to make good choices. Science is in many ways a

most important part of human culture. In a civilized, cultured society, there is an obligation for everybody to

understand more about science and to recognize that ignorance of science is unacceptable."

Lord Professor Robert Winston

This group sets out to explore the relationship between Science and Technology and the joint impact that both have on modern Western society. The group does not primarily study Science or Technology, but rather the effects that both of these activities have on human society. Given this, the areas of concern and approaches used will be just as interesting and accessible to non-scientists as to people with scientific or technological background.

The meetings use a mixture of talks, discussion and debate to address a wide variety of topics which have already been suggested by group members.

Do come along and try us out if you think this is something you could be interested in.


Contact Barry Walmsley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or on 0788 158 1193 for further details


Science and Technology in Society


Since the beginning of the Covid19 Pandemic and resulting restrictions on meetings we have been having on-line meetings on the fourth Monday of each month from 10.00 to 12.00am using Zoom technology. We don't see this situation changing until Spring 2021, and this has obviously had some impact on the nature of, and attendance to our meetings.

If you would like to be involved however, please do contact the group convener, Barry Walmsley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will include you on the invitation list.




23rd January 2017 Telecommunications - it's influence on Society Report
27th February 2017 The 'three parent baby' - implications of recent changes in legislation Report
25th September 2017 Science and Technology in Society - revisited Report
23rd October 2017 Artificial Intelligence Part 1 Report


7th April 2015 Preliminary Meeting Report
20th April 2015 What is Science, and what is Technology? Report
29th June 2015 What happens when Scientific predictions prove to be incorrect? Medical Dilemmas. Report
20th July 2015 Further discussions on medical dilemmas Report
24th August 2015 Use of the Internet, particularly the BBC website, to identify potential future topics. Report
26th September 2015 Sleep, and why we (probably don't) need it Report
19th October 2015 The effects of mobile phone culture on modern youth Report
23rd November 2015 Are we alone in the Universe? Report
25th January 2016 Research Methods in Science Report
22nd February 2016 The work of a Research Scientist Report
21st March 2016 Four food-related topics, organic food; Vegetarian Diet; producing food in space; Plastics in the ocean entering food chain. Report
26th September 2016 Discussion of topics for the coming year and a short presentation on the nature of memory. Report
24th October 2016 The Aquatic Ape Theory of human evolution Report
28th November 2016 Fracking; potential benefits and dangers Report