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.
- Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month
- Limit of 80 attendees
- Entrance fee: $2 per session to be paid by cash or credit card; does not include refreshments
There is a hearing loop in the hall – people with hearing aids should adjust them to the 'T' position.
Zoom Online Sessions
- Held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
- Limit of 100 attendees
For further details contact Alex Gosman at
Every attempt to reform Russia's political system has ended up with power in the hands of one man. Is Russia destined to be an authoritarian state?
Presenter: Kyle Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Studies, College of Arts & Social Sciences, ANU
From 2004 to 2013 he was the Senior Analyst for Russia and Central Asia at the Office of National Assessments.
The Reef – from Cook to Climate Change (and UNESCO reports)
Presenter: Professor Iain McCalman OA.
His book, The Reef - A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, was published in 2013. Iain has appeared in a number of documentaries on the reef.