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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
14 September

India - Politics and Prospects

Presenter: John McCarthy AO
John is a former senior diplomat including High Commissioner to India (2004-2009).

He is currently Chair of the Australia-India Council, and Deputy Chair of the Australia-India Institute and was previously the national president of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

John is a frequent public commentator on international issues, particularly India.

Tuesday 7 September, 9:00 am
Close: Tuesday 14 September, 10:00 am

21 September

What does net zero mean for Australia & what do the Glasgow climate talks hold for the world?

Presenter: Professor Mark Howden, Director, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years. He is a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.

Tuesday 14 September, 9:00 am
Close: Tuesday 21 September, 10:00 am

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