The Winter School will mostly be held at U3A premises on 5th floor, 232 Adelaide St from Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th July 2017, but some sessions are at 97 Creek St. and other venues.
The Keynote Address will be held in the Main Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane (Cultural Centre Precinct). See Map
Some events are held at external venues, e.g. State Library (SLQ), Qld Art Gallery (QAG), The Dixon Centre West End (TDC).
This year's program is shown below. If you are a U3A Brisbane member or past member, you may reserve your place for one or more sessions by clicking on the Make a Booking button below or at bottom of page.
This year's program is shown below. If you are a U3A Brisbane member or past member, you may make an online booking using a desktop or tablet computer.
Non-members are welcome to attend and may book by contacting the U3A Brisbane office by phone to 3236 3055.
All sessions cost $5 except where otherwise shown. This is payable at the time of the session.
(You can also change your current bookings with the Make a Booking button).
Please use a desktop or tablet computer if you wish to make an online booking.
The program shown below contains an abbreviated description of each session. See the Full program (PDF) for a more complete description.
Monday 3rd July
Hidden France9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Rouna Daley, Odyssey Travel (Adelaide St)This talk will highlight the smaller villages and more interesting towns 'off the main tourist track'. Think Pomery Cave visit, Remembrance room in a Riems museum, the Roman Horreum in Narbonne, all happened upon whilst driving around France.
The Importance of using Exercise as Medicine to grow old gracefully9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Alan Mills (Adelaide St)A session on frequency, intensity, type and time, barriers and motivators and most importantly getting started and how to do it safely.
Battle for Fraser Island - Saving Fraser Island from Sand Mining9:00am-10:30am Presenter: John Sinclair (Adelaide St)A David and Goliath struggle that saved one of Qld’s iconic treasures. Meet the man who fought and won and is still fighting to conserve our heritage.
Beersheba and the Australian Light Horse11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Coral Johnson (Adelaide St)The last Light Horse Charge at the Battle of Beersheeba in 1917; part of the British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza.
Robots and the Environment11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Matthew Dunbabin (Adelaide St)Existing and emerging robot technologies for monitoring the environment and transforming the way we observe the wider world. Environmental Robotics are leading the way.
The Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean Islands *NEW*11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Rouna Daley (Adelaide St)Rouna’s talk will focus upon extraordinary facts of extraordinary places not yet on mainstream tourist maps – Georgia, Azerbaijan, Svaneti region, the people of Baku and then onto the Islands of Crete, Rhodes and Cyprus.
Charlemagne Life and Legend11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Kay Smith (Adelaide St)Charles the Great, King of the Franks and the legend that developed around certain aspects of his life and character in the centuries after his death; sourced from bios and heroic songs.
State Library Tour11:00am-12:00pm (State Library)More than just a library; research, history, restoration of priceless artifacts and meeting rooms, film screening and lectures. Learn how to use this great facility. Free of charge. See Map.
Qld Art Gallery Guided Tour - European and Asian Art11:00am-12:00pm Presenter: Barbara Lloyd (Qld Art Gallery)A journey into European and Asian Art that will surprise you and open your eyes to facets of this art that you may never have contemplated. Repeat session Friday at 11am. See Map.
Keynote Address: Dreamtime, Dinosaurs and Drones ($10)2:00pm-4:00pm Presenter: Dr Steven Salisbury (State Library)We are fortunate indeed to have Dr Steven Salisbury as our Keynote this year. This well-known and well respected Palaeontologist is a popular speaker and presenter in the media and in print and has been getting his fair share of press lately. Over the past few years he has been investigating a remarkable find on a narrow stretch of coastline in the Kimberleys. With virtually no fossil dinosaur bones on record from the dawn of the Early Cretaceous era in Australia he has been working to track dinosaurs from the thousands of footprints frozen in time in the rocks along the Dampier Peninsula. It is the largest such site in the world so its importance cannot be over-estimated.
Tuesday 4th July
Pulses - Good for your Health - The Challenge to Meet Demand9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Professor Sagadevan Mundree (Adelaide St)More people are recognising the benefits of pulses in their diets. The challenge to meet the coming needs globally and here at home will be addressed in this session.
The changing approach to electricity at home- solar, batteries and new markets9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Mike Swanston (Adelaide St)Changes to electricity use and generation in households; new electricity tariffs; will local energy grading become a reality; important questions.
Busting some Water Myths - Chemicals, Plastics and Fish Penises9:00am-10:30am Presenter: A/Prof Frederic Leusch (Adelaide St)Toxicology and water treatment; hot issues like water recycling, fluoride and the effect of microplastics on the aquatic environment
Life and Works of Jane Austen9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Margaret Cleland (Adelaide St)Jane Austen has been famous since the early 19th century but her private life is still shrouded in mystery. Margaret will lift this veil using letters, her novels and known facts of her life.
Living with Climate Change- How can we respond?11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Wade Hadwen (Adelaide St)Research into vulnerable communities in Pacific Island countries with limited access to water and sanitation; identification of pathways to address this.
Exercise Right - Tips about Exercise, Ageing and your Health11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Prof Rob Robergs (Adelaide St)Rob asks us: Can you spare the time to increase your odds of leading a full, productive, healthy and quality life to, and through, your retirement years?
Boolarong Press - Publishing11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dan Kelly (Adelaide St)Information on writing activities including memoirs and bios; the sense of identity, publishing process, printing efficiently and effectively. This is your chance to look at publishing from the inside.
From Journalist to RSPCA Officer11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Michael Beatty (Adelaide St)A journalist and a man passionate about his work with the RSPCA. He has a store of stories on animal welfare and on the remarkable life that he has led; from Brixton Riots to straddling a crocodile.
Robots are coming, ready or not1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Dr Sue Keay (Adelaide St)And one is coming to a session near you. Robotics is predicted to be one the top 10 disruptive technologies over the next ten years. What does it mean to us and are we ready?
Remember the Vietnam Marches1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Annette Brownlie (Adelaide St)Australia’s engagement in the Vietnam War and our relationship with the US; the history of the anti-war movement of the 60’s and 70’s and its ramifications for so many.
Monash, Bert Hinkler and Ned Kelly's Mum - Fascinating Lives1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Grantlee Kieza (Adelaide St)A unique glimpse into their lives and what makes them tick. Monash the war hero, Hinkler the aviation hero and Ned Kelly’s Mum - not for the faint-hearted we suspect.
Wednesday 5th July
The Impact and Significance of Modern Genetics9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Professor Peter Gresshoff (Adelaide St)The science of inheritance; understanding how genes and gene systems work; the thousands of genes in bacteria, humans, animals and plants.
The Importance of Gut Bacteria9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dorelle Thompson (Adelaide St)Did you know gut microflora can influence your health? Topics covered are digestion and gut function, microflora, probiotics and fermented foods with a no-nonsense approach.
Avid Reader9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Fiona Stager (Adelaide St)Owner of Avid Books and Where the Wild Things Are she has helped scores of writers and if she believes in you be assured you have what it takes. She opens doors that are closed to lesser mortals.
The Broadway Musical9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Frank Callinan (Adelaide St)A trip down memory lane with the history of the Broadway Musical from the 1930s to the 1960s and the personalities who wrote the material, and those who performed it.
Online Learning- The World of MOOCs and Wikis11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Deslyn Taylor (Adelaide St)Massive Open Online Courses let you learn anything anytime and at any level if you only know where to start. The Internet has opened up a whole new world of learning.
What a man! What a Wife! What a Life!11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Matthew Ames (Adelaide St)A celebration of life and of what can be achieved with determination and the support of a loving family for a man who lost all four of his limbs suddenly - out of the blue.
Culture Clash - taking Australia Movies to America11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Jim Henry (Adelaide St)Reflections on a life in film; a decade in NY introducing films like Breaker Morant and The Shiralee. He is a consultant and mentor to emerging talents here.
Positive Ageing through Music Participation11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Teresa Kunaeva (Adelaide St)Outlining the benefits of active music engagement showcasing music groups for older adults covering intellectual stimulation, social support, friendship, exercise.
Spirit of the Wild - Life in Gorilla Country1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Annette Henderson (Adelaide St)An adventure like no other; crossing the Sahara in a Kombi van, robbed in Gabon; saved by a New Zealand geologist; jobs in a frontier camp and the only woman.
Staying Safe on the Internet1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Greg Taylor (Adelaide St)Common sense ways of reducing risk and protecting equipment, privacy and information. Security threats, ransomware, phishing, fraud and identity theft, email and SMS scams
Die Happy - Exit International1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Angelika Minner (Adelaide St)Exit International’s mission statement and its role in end-of-life issues in the current legislative climate. Controversy and change is happening all the time. A Q&A will follow.
Stem Cells and Cartilage Regeneration1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: A/Prof Michael Doran (Adelaide St)Clinical outcomes associated with umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation, cartilage repair and prostrate treatment.
The Joy and Power of Laughter1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Maureen Nash (Creek St.)Laughing, exercising and the benefits that come from a good laugh. Proven therapeutic benefits for blood pressure, immune system, stress etc. (At 97 Creek St.)
Thursday 6th July
Heart of Australia - Lifesaving Mobile Heart Care for the Bush9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dr Rolf Gomes (Adelaide St)This clinic is a custom-built 25m long semitrailer fully equipped with diagnostic lifesaving equipment for people of the outback. It has saved many lives.
Road Rule Changes RACQ9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Katrina Halliday (Adelaide St)Another update on changes to road rules and legislation and more.
Sir Francis Chichester- Aviator and Yachtsman9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Roger Rusling (Adelaide St)One of the world’s great adventure stories. He was firstly an aviator then a yachtsman who circumnavigated the world in his yacht via the unpredictable Cape Horn.
Elder Law - It's all in the Planning11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Brian Herd (Adelaide St)Aged care options; challenging of Wills; consequences of adult children contributing to parents’ aged care; failing to plan for incapacity and Alzheimer’s and estate planning.
What makes the Human Brain healthy11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Guy Barry (Adelaide St)This talk will expand on new technology that allows an unprecedented view into human cellular function and give us a glimpse into that mysterious organ the brain.
History of the Northern Territory11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Greg Cope (Adelaide St)How the NT started and what a rough journey it has had. Did you know that Darwin has almost been destroyed four times and there were four failed attempts at settlement?
Does Australia need an updated foreign policy?11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Ross Gwyther (Adelaide St)A brief look at our involvement in wars over the past 200 years and the current situation.
Migraines and Genetic Relationships1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Associate Professor Dale Nyholt (Adelaide St)The world’s largest study of migraines has discovered dozens of new genetic regions linked to the onset of Migraine opening new doors to understanding what the cause is.
Cracking the Mysteries of our Universe1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Dr Janie Hoormann (Adelaide St)Overview of the big questions being studied by cosmologists; supernovas, gravitational waves, black holes. There are exciting happenings out in space now.
A History of Aboriginal Servicemen1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Greg Cope (Adelaide St)Despite historic challenges and accomplishments our indigenous soldiers were treated appallingly on their return home and faced an ongoing fight to gain their indigenous rights.
Against Human Trafficking1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Sister Janine Bliss (Adelaide St)Human trafficking is modern day slavery! It is a global issue, affecting every nation in one way or another. It is happening here in Australia today.
Friday 7th July
Arthritis, the Environment, Alternative Medicines and the Legacy of Howard Florey9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Prof Michael Whitehouse (Adelaide St)Integrated Medicine; innovative medicine and traditional remedies can live side by side and benefit chronic diseases.
Mythbusting - Making Sense of Oddball and Paranormal Claims9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dr Martin Bridgstock (Adelaide St)A survey of some distinctly oddball and amazing claims; suggestions for some well-established methods to sort out truth from fact.
Living life as if Earth Matters9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Mary Tinney (Adelaide St)Earth Link is a community environmental initiative which facilitates deep bonding with the community of life as the basis of our responsibility for it. Our planet matters and needs help.
Creative Writing Workshop ($10)9:00am-3:00pm Presenter: Thea Biesheuvel (Creek St.)Another of Thea’s inspirational classes. Tips to help you polish your work or help you get started. Bring your lunch. $10, venue 97 Creek Street.
The Justice Myth11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Greg Cudmore (Adelaide St)Is justice just a myth and in reality does the legal system largely serve the interests of only those who can afford it? Is justice an elusive and hopeless quest? Is the law really ‘an ass’?
Know Your Brain and How It Changes in Ageing11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Maryam Ziaei (Adelaide St)A summary of what we know so far about the brain and how it changes with ageing. Knowing your brain is essential to keep it healthy and to reduce the risks.
Stroke Research at The Queensland Brain Institute UQ11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Lavinia Codd (Adelaide St)Ways of improving cognitive recovery following stroke by activating precursor cells to increase the production of new brain cells - neurogenesis.
Public language, Public Debate, Truth, Facts and Science11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Professor Roly Sussex (Adelaide St)Exploration of how language has come to be used in ways which make the truth and facts difficult to determine including recent history of alternative facts.
Qld Art Gallery Guided Tour - European and Asian Art11:00am-12:00pm Presenter: Barbara Lloyd (Qld Art Gallery)A journey into European and Asian Art that will surprise you and open your eyes to facets of this art that you may never have contemplated. See Map.
Lord Horatio Nelson1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Dr David Schlect (Adelaide St)Amazing tales of Lord Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson is a name we all recognise but know very little about. David has spent a lifetime studying him and will surprise you.
Exciting World of Robotics1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Professor Peter Corke (Adelaide St)An introduction to robot technology, separating fact from fiction, and investigating some of the challenges we will face in the future.
Australia's Energy Challenge1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Prof. Chris Greig (Adelaide St)Australia faces energy challenges with its abundant and cost competitive coal and gas resources and an economy that is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. An overview of our options, the problems we face and what we can expect in the future.
Discovering Latin America: Places and Culture1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Horacio and Stella Passeggi (Adelaide St)Mexico, Central America and South America will be explored under the lens of historical facts, popular culture, food, wine, regionalism, arts and crafts, wildlife and scenery.
Queensland Ballet Tour and Exercise Class - Dance for Seniors1:30pm-2:45pm Presenter: Kerry Sellers (The Dixon Centre, Cnr Drake St and Montague Rd West End)Held at Qld Ballet, West End. Meet at 1.30 outside the Dixon Centre. A tour of the facilities and dance exercise class.
Saturday 8th July
Art Masterclass, Light and Shade ($10)9:00am-3:00pm Presenter: Heather Woodall (Creek St.)Light and shadow puts the nuance into art. Bring a pad of Canson Drawing Paper 220, one 2B and one 5B Staedtler graphite pencil and your lunch. Other tools will be provided. $10, venue 97 Creek Street.
(You can also change your current bookings with the Make a Booking button).