U3A Brisbane Winter School is a week-long activity of specialised talks and presentations by various experts in their field. It covers topics including science, technology, literature, history and medicine. It is conducted during the second week of the mid-year break.
The Winter School is planned by a Committee chaired by Marilyn Wagland. Contact email:
Winter School 2017 - Bookings Now Open
Winter School 2017 is on from 3-8 July 2017. This year's program is now available and bookings are open online. Bookings can also be made through the office on weekdays from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER — DR STEVEN SALISBURY
Dr Steve Salisbury and his team have discovered Australia’s Jurassic Park. Along a 25 kilometre stretch of the Dampier Peninsula, in the remote but beautiful Kimberleys, they braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and major development to uncover thousands of dinosaur tracks belonging to 21 different types of dinosaurs. This is the most diverse in the world. Steve describes it as the "Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti." The tracks are in rocks that are 130 -140 million years old – much older than those found in outback Queensland. Among them is the only confirmed evidence for stegosaurs in Australia. Some of these footprints are 1.7 metres long. What makes Steve’s work even more interesting is the political battle he had to wage because the WA government had selected the site for a $40 billion liquid natural gas project. With the traditional custodians of the land assisting him, the area was declared a National Heritage Site in 2011. Come along to hear Steve, a brilliant speaker, detail his adventures in this remarkable part of the world in his Keynote address for this year’s Winter School. Dinosaurs, Dreamtime and Drones is a fascinating look at the ancient and modern combining to give us answers in the 21st century to a very old question.
(Image courtesy University of Qld)
Winter School 2016
Another successful Winter School is now over. We thank the many speakers, volunteers and over 1800 attendees who made the week a success.
Digital Reading Presentation (E-Books etc.) Angela Butler
The 2016 program:
Winter School 2015
Winter School 2014
The 2014 Keynote Address at the State Library Auditorium was presented to 240 attendees by Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex. This was the full program: