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Lunchtime Forums

U3A/COTA Tuesday Lunchtime Forums

Forums focus on local events, politics, science, the environment & international events, and run for an hour followed by Q&A.

Sessions will be held in alternating Face-to-Face and Zoom formats on Tuesdays from May to November commencing at 12:45pm.

Pre-registration is required for both formats - see details below for how to register for individual sessions.

Face-to-Face Sessions in Main Hall, Hughes Community Centre.

There is a hearing loop in the hall – people with hearing aids should adjust them to the 'T' position.

Zoom Online Sessions

For further details contact Alex Gosman at

DateForum details
4 May

Intelligence without the science fiction: demystifying neural networks

  • Speaker: Dr Lachlan McCalman, Chief Practitioner, The Gradient Institute
  • Venue: Hughes Community Centre Hall

The media presents Artificial Intelligence (AI) & artificial neural networks as mysterious technologies out of the pages of a science fiction novel, but the reality is much more prosaic. This talk aims to dispel the mystery & give a conceptual overview of modern AI: how it works, & how it is being put to use.

Registration by email - including your U3A membership number - to opens at 9:00am on Tuesday 27 April.
NOTE: Registrations before 9:00am on Tuesday 27 April will not be accepted.

18 May

Priorities for an incoming Immigration Minister and the latest Inter-Generational Report (2021)

  • Speaker: Abul Rizvi Former senior Immigration official and media commentator
  • Venue: Hughes Community Centre Hall

Registration by email - including your U3A membership number - to opens at 9:00am on Tuesday 11 May.
NOTE: Registrations before 9:00am on Tuesday 11 May will not be accepted.

25 May

The Future of Public Broadcasting

  • Speaker: Quentin Dempster, Former ABC current affairs host and commentator on media
  • Online Zoom session

<b>Registration by email - including your U3A membership number - to opens at 9:00am on Tuesday 18 May.
NOTE: Registrations before 9:00am on Tuesday 18 May will not be accepted.

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