Winter School Booking
The 2019 Winter School will mostly be held at U3A premises on 5th floor, 232 Adelaide St from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2019, but some sessions are at other venues as shown.
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), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Qld Ballet - 34 Beesley St West End (QB).
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, or Change an existing booking, by clicking on the Make, or Change, 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.
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 8th July
Secret Women's Business: Feminine Hygiene in the Middle Ages9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Rosalie Gilbert (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The challenges faced by Medieval women dealing with their natural cycle and strange ideas.
The New Disruptors9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dr Karen Hands (U3A 232 Adelaide St)A wide ranging look at the upheavals that come with our increasing use of technology.
Let's Talk Lower Back Pain9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Renee Weller, Tom Caitens (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Simple strategies to decrease stress on the back to move more efficiently from two expert physiologists.
What is Happening in the South China Sea9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Roger Rusling (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The geo-political turmoil in the South China Sea has the potential for world disruption. How will it affect us? (Repeat session)
State Library of Queensland Tour (no charge)10:00am-11:00am (State Library)Offers research, history, restoration of priceless artefacts, meeting rooms, film screening and lectures. Learn how to find your way around. Meet in the main reception area where you enter to go up to the auditorium. (Repeat session). See Map.
World's Top Ten Breakthroughs in Quantum Physics11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Prof Andrew White (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Be among the first to learn about these important moments in science in 2018 and UQ's contribution to this.
Decision-making and neuropsychiatry: what can we learn from the decisions we make?11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr James Kesby, Qld Brain Institute (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This research focusses on the neurochemical control of behaviour, particularly that involved in psychosis, schizophrenia and addiction. Through the investigation of developing dopamine pathways in experimental animal models the work aims to understand the abnormal circuitry in human neuropsychiatric disorders.
Australian Native and Arid Grasses for Advanced Nanomaterials Applications11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Pratheep K. Annamalai (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Spinifex grasses, grown in extreme conditions and widely used in Indigenous Australian practice and how they have been developed into nanofibers.
Family Property Issues11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Brian Herd (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Brian will focus on disputes about financial dealings between ageing parents and their adult children, family law disputes and what can go wrong.
State Library of Queensland Tour (no charge)11:00am-12:00pm (State Library)Offers research, history, restoration of priceless artefacts, meeting rooms, film screening and lectures. Learn how to find your way around. Meet in the main reception area where you enter to go up to the auditorium. See Map.
Qld Art Gallery Guided Tour - Stories of this Land - Goobalathaldin11:30am-12:30pm Presenter: Barbara Lloyd (Qld Art Gallery)Celebrating the work and life of Goobalathaldin (Dick Roughsey). Seventy works including bark paintings, ceremonial and historical objects and draft illustrations from his children’s books. Meet at 'watermall' outside restaurant at QAG. See Map.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Crime and Corruption in the Sunshine State. State Library Auditorium ($10)1:30pm-3:30pm Presenter: Alan MacSporran QC (State Library)Mr MacSporran has a long history with the Law in Queensland and has been involved in many high profile cases in this state. He will give us an insight into some of his most important cases and also explain the powers and limitations of the CCC and of the law in general.
Meet outside Main Auditorium at State Library Level 2. See Map.
Tuesday 9th July
Secret Women's Business: Feminine Hygiene in the Middle Ages9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Rosalie Gilbert (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The challenges faced by Medieval women dealing with their natural cycle and other intimate issues. There were some very strange ideas floating around at that time. (Repeat session)
What is Happening in the South China Sea9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Roger Rusling (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The geo-political turmoil in the South China Sea has the potential for world disruption. How will it affect us?
Healthy Bowel and Bladder9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Agnes Kesmarki (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Information to promote healthy habits important for a healthy bladder and bowel. Problems can be cured, prevented or at least better managed.
Margery Meets Julian: A Medieval Mystical Adventure9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Kay Smith (U3A 232 Adelaide St)A look at the lives and vocations of two women taken from the information they left us in their books.
The Penal Settlement at Moreton Bay 1824-1839: A Most Eligible Place11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Jennifer Harrison (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The Penal Settlement, established at Moreton Bay in 1824 to house convicts who persisted in crime in the Sydney District.
Plastics in the Environment and the Circular Economy11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: A/Prof. Bronwyn Laycock (U3A 232 Adelaide St)An outline of a range of projects being researched to address some of the challenges of sustainability, nutrient recovery and producing sustainable materials.
Energy Policy, Prices - A View on Renewables, Electricity Prices,Technology11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Mike Swanston (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Is it time to go off grid? What is home battery storage? Should we invest in more solar panels? Explore the changes in our energy supply, with tips on how to keep power costs down.
The first Definitive Proof Showing Our Ideas of Evolution and Heritability are Wrong11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Guy Barry (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Research proving that genetic information can flow from the brain to the germ cells.
What Makes a Whale Song Catchy?1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Dr Jennifer Allen (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Humpback whales are famous for their songs. This is a scientific and technical exploration of how they communicate.
International Law and 'Killer Robots': The State of the Debate and Ways Forward1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: A/Prof. Rain Liivoja (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This talk will trace the debate on future weapons systems and canvas prospects for international regulation. The ethical problems this topic poses.
Protection of Endangered Wildlife in The Top End1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Kate Heffernan (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Kate's talk will outline the Australian Wildlife Conservancy's model for conservation of Australian fauna.
Frontiers of Modern Genetics1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Professor Peter Gresshoff (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Genetics is the study of the inheritance of traits. Discover new technology and associated findings in plants, animals and humans.
Wednesday 10th July
Brisbane's Lost Buildings9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Ron Baker OAM (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Be reminded of the long lost buildings that once graced the city streets, and their history. Ron is a retired Heritage Architect.
Toning Your Pelvic Floor Muscles - Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Amelia Moir (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Treatment of existing problems in men and women and tips on how strengthen pelvic floor muscle.
Skin Cancer9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dr Sam Scuderi (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Learn of new treatments and recent discoveries in detecting skin cancers at the earliest possible time. What to look for.
Understanding Current Free Speech Debates in Australia9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Prof Katharine Gelber (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Discussion on ‘hate speech' laws in Australia, exemptions and complaint procedures here and worldwide.
Deadly Cures - Can Venomous Animals Provide Us with Drugs to Treat Humans11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Prof Glenn King (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Research into use of animal venoms for treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer and epilepsy. Venoms that could become the next Viagra.
Sentencing in the Spotlight: Judge for Yourself11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: The Hon. John Robertson (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Have you ever wondered how judges decide what sentences to give? A real case and this time you must decide the sentence.
How to Retain More of Your Muscles and Bones into 'Older' Age11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Prof Rob Robergs (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Bodies respond well to exercise, leading to better bones, more muscle and better brain function.
How Does Your In-Car GPS Navigation Work11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Jim Hawker (U3A 232 Adelaide St)An insight into Australia's mapping systems which contribute to modern aids such as GPS, 'Google Maps' and in-car navigation.
Music Inspired by Shakespeare1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Gary Thorpe OAM (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Discover the music inspired by Shakespeare's Kings and their music and the amazing world of Elizabethan theatre.
NBN Information Session1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Greg Taylor (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The NBN is coming and this session is packed with information about how it may affect you and how to make the key decisions necessary.
Brisbane's Art World1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Judy Hamilton (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Judy will discuss the importance of artists' groups such as the Royal Queensland Art Society and their influence on Brisbane's Art World.
How to Retain More of Your Muscles and Bones into 'Older' Age1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Prof Rob Robergs (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Our bodies respond favourably to exercise, leading to better bones, more muscle and better brain function. (Repeat session)
Thursday 11th July
Let's Talk Ancient Egyptian Bodies: Medicine, Surgery and Magic9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Dr Serena Love (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Medicine and magic were inextricably linked in the lives of ancient Egyptians who were much more advanced than we have imagined.
Botanic Gardens - A History from Early Convict Days9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Phil Adam (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The development of the City Botanic Gardens from inception in 1828 as a food garden for the convict settlement to its current status and place in the City of Brisbane.
What the Dickin(s)9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Carmel Lafferty (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This talk will look at the history of the Dickin Medal, the highest honour awarded to any animal whilst serving in military conflict.
Helping Families Protect Their Loved Ones9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Loan Chow (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Practical legal tips to help you make the right choices for you and for your family. Wills, Health Directives and pitfalls to avoid.
Queensland Ballet - Ballet for Seniors9:00am-10:45am Presenter: Genevieve Dunn (Qld Ballet, 34 Beesley St, West End)Something different for ballet lovers and an introduction for those who would like to know about it. 9am for 9.15, 34 Beesley St West End.
Australian History at the Cinema11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Gordon Kidd (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This talk will focus on the representation of historical themes in Australian cinema, from 1906, through the 1930s into the 1970s.
The Immortal Woman Who Revolutionised Medicine11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Jan McMillen (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The Story of an African-American woman whose cancer diagnosis led to the first major breakthrough in cancer research.
We, The Jury11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: John Garner (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Two cases will be discussed and we will gain a fascinating glimpse into the science of forensics to solve crime.
The 'Under the Lino' Project11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Caylie Jeffery (U3A 232 Adelaide St)A Brisbane-based research project revolving around 1940/50s bank books and money found underneath the lino of an old Queenslander.
Latest Studies and Breakthroughs at QIMR-Berghofer1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Clare Blake (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The historical origins of QIMR-Berghofer and an outline of trials being conducted.
We, The Jury1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: John Garner (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Two cases will be discussed and we will gain a fascinating glimpse into the science of forensics to solve crime. (Repeat session)
Ethics, AI and Autonomous Systems1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Kate Devitt (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Legal and ethical questions which come from the rapid rise of Artificial Intelligence.
Friday 12th July
The Horns - The Zambezi Trilogy Book 19:00am-10:30am Presenter: Jill Baker (U3A 232 Adelaide St)The story of growing up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, her childhood playmates and their meeting years later in Matebeleland.
The Bells of St Stephens9:00am-10:30am Presenter: Anne Hetherington (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Learn about the historical significance of the buildings in the grounds of The Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane.
All Day Creative Writing Masterclass ($10)9:00am-3:00pm Presenter: Thea Biesheuvel (U3A 97 Creek St)If you are looking for tips and help in Creative Writing, join in for what will be an interesting session. (Cost $10).
Beacons by the Sea - Lighthouses of Queensland11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Cara Downes (U3A 232 Adelaide St)We will learn about Queensland Lighthouses, the families and their stories of isolation and the challenges faced.
Animal Genomes as Time Travel Machines11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Dr Sandie Degnan (U3A 232 Adelaide St)he story of animals and how they deal with the constant challenges thrown up by nature.
Zimbabwe - A Nation Desecrated11:00am-12:30pm Presenter: Jill Baker (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This session will trace the rise, fall and continuing battle of a country that was once the bread-basket of Africa and is now struggling to feed itself.
GOMA Tour - Ben Quilty and Margaret Olley11:30am-12:30pm Presenter: Barbara Lloyd (Gallery of Modern Art)This tour takes in two exhibitions of two of Australia's top artists. Meet just inside GOMA by the reception desk. See Map.
Evolution Psychology and Global Security1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Prof Bill Von Hippel (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This talk will bring us into the 21st century and discuss the evolution of modern humans from a psychological perspective.
The Best News You Will Ever Hear - What is Really Happening in the World1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Dr Martin Bridgstock (U3A 232 Adelaide St)This talk starts by looking at how we see the future then goes on to give genuine evidence about the way the world is really going. It may surprise you.
Wildlife Rescue Stories1:00pm-2:30pm Presenter: Mike Fowler (U3A 232 Adelaide St)Animal rescues can be tricky and Mike, from the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Service will share some of the more interesting stories with us.