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Current "Science and Technology" Groups.              Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                 Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

Science and Society

Earth Systems – Past, Present and Future

Audio-Visual Equipment Group

Intermediate Windows Computer Group

Apple Mac Beginners Group

iPad Users Group - Beginners

Raspberry Pi Group

iPad Users Group - Improvers

Facebook Group



Making the most of your Android tablet or phone

We are a group of scientists, engineers and technically minded people who want to learn about other areas of science, and non-scientists who would like to question what scientists are doing.  


Our programme involves both invited speakers and those from within the group followed by discussion and questions on a variety of scientific, engineering and IT topics.  


New members are welcome.  


Venue:The Penn Room, the Friends’ Meeting House on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 1st meeting 26th September 2016 to April 2017.  

An informal group of members who have an interest in using the wide range of audio-visual equipment owned by York U3A.  


There are no formal meetings but members keep in touch through a newsletter and may occasionally meet for training sessions, to exchange ideas about using and improving the equipment and to provide support in preparing materials for presentations.  


Anyone who regularly uses the equipment is encouraged to join the group so that they can keep up to date with any developments.


Leader: York U3A Audio-Visual coordinator.  

We live in a time where the effects of humans on earth systems is large and highly controversial. From ‘climate change denial’ to ‘near term extinction’ there is a gulf in the ways the science is interpreted.


The idea for this group is to use a systems approach to analyse and understand what is going on from first principles.


We will use all types of data – from recent satellite video images to research findings from around the globe.  We will also use the groups combined knowledge.


Venue:The group will start meeting on Wednesday 28th September at 2.00 pm in the Woolman Room and continue to meet at the same time on the 4th Wednesday of each month. I expect the length initially to be about 2 hours.


The group holds informal meetings to discuss and exchange ideas, problems and solutions associated with their use of Windows computers.


Subjects for discussion are wide ranging and have included in the past:  using credit cards or PayPal on the internet, use of eBay, and use of Word, Excel & PowerPoint, and Windows shortcuts, manipulation of images, audio and video.


Venue: Fell Room, 4th Monday morning in the month starting 26th September.  



For Apple Mac users who would like support with some of the basic features of their computer. Very little previous knowledge is assumed. Beginners, or those who feel they need continuing help at an elementary level, will be most welcome.


The normal format is a 30 minute presentation, followed by coffee, friendly chat and sharing problems and solutions.


Having a computer at the meeting would be helpful, but not essential.


Venue: Fell Room, 1st Tuesday of each month at 10am beginning Tuesday, 6 September 2016.




The iPad Users group is open to members who either have recently acquired an iPad, are considering acquiring one, or simply want to find out more about them.


Meetings are informal, and usually consist of a basic talk about an aspect of using the iPad, lasting 20-25 minutes, followed by discussion of queries and problems.


No previous knowledge is assumed!


This group has been over-subscribed in the past, so early application/re-application is advisable.


Venue: Fell Room, 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11.15, beginning Tuesday, 20 September 2016.




Apple Mac Level Two Group

The iPad Users Improvers group is open to those members who have probably been using an iPad for at least a few months, and wish to explore aspects of iPad use with which they may not so far be very familiar.


The format will generally be an informal mixture of discussion and input from either the group leader or others who wish to contribute to a particular topic.


This group has been over-subscribed in the past, so early application/re-application is advisable.


Venue: Fell Room, 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10.00am – 11am, beginning Tuesday, 20 September 2016.




For Mac users who feel reasonably confident at a basic (level one) level, and ready to extend their skills and understanding a little further.


Group members are welcome to introduce new topics for discussion but previously covered topics will also be repeated to help reinforce knowledge on programs, operating system and hardware.


A Yahoo Group will be available to keep in touch where members can suggest ideas for topics, keep up-to date with news and provide help to each other.


The format is a 45 minute presentation, followed by coffee, friendly chat and sharing problems and solutions. Having a computer at the meeting would be helpful, but not essential.


Venue: Fell Room, 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 am until 12pm, beginning Wednesday 12 October, 2016 until 10 May 2017.

The Raspberry Pi is a micro-computer which is available from various sources for £20 - £30; originally developed for education use, it is becoming increasingly powerful. It can be used for tasks such as video streaming and is commonly used as a device for control and automation functions such as robotics.


We are a self- learning group which explores its possibilities.


Venue: The group meets in members’ houses, normally on the 4th Thursday of each month from 1000 until 1200.




This is a new course. Last year's strugglers' sessions addressed some of the issues people have with their tablet computers and phones.


The course for 2016-2017 will hopefully widen people's awareness of just what can be done with these handy little gadgets.


Topics will include downloading apps, using maps and other navigation aids, using Bluetooth etc.


It's hoped that at least some of the sessions will be sharing ideas and experiences rather than me telling people how to do things.


Venue: The group will meet on the third Monday of each month in the Fell room 10.00 -12.00 approx.





York U3A has a very active Facebook page, where over 230 members currently keep in touch, learn about our U3A activities, have fun, chat, and make friends, all in a TOTALLY safe structure.  It’s like a “U3A community” within our U3A!


All U3A members are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of social networking in a safe environment – our Facebook Group is only open to York U3A members, and is not accessible to the general public.

We also have social meetings which allow “Facebookers” to get to know each other face-to-face.


The group is also keen to welcome new members who may be reticent about Facebook, or have concerns, and we can advise on how to get on to Facebook (even if only to join the U3A page) and how to set the correct security settings for a Facebook account. Contact the Group Leader if you need any help!  

We also hold occasional “What’s it all About?” training sessions for beginners, to help them get started.


Venue: There will be some face-to-face meetings though most of the interaction will be on-line. The venue, and timing, for get-togethers will depend on how many people want to be involved, and their availability.