University of the Third Age Brisbane

Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning

University of the Third Age Brisbane

Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning

Winter School Booking

The Winter School will mostly be held at U3A premises on 5th floor, 232 Adelaide St from Monday 9th July to Saturday 14th July 2018, 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), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Qld Ballet - 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, 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.

Printable PDF versions of the program are available:
    - Detailed version (19 pages)
    - Summary version (4 pages)


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 9th July 

Dad and Dave - A Recreation of their Radio Show - Dad Buys a Car

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Penny Everingham and Penny Murphy with U3A Drama Class  (Adelaide St)
The class is delving into radio entertainment of the past to perform Dad buys a Car.

From Birds and Bees to Flying Machines

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Prof. Mandyam V. Srinivasan  (Adelaide St)
Prof Srinivasan’s research focuses on vision, perception and cognition in animals with simple nervous systems, and how these might be used in machine vision and robotics.

Life and Works of Jane Austen - A Repeat of Last Year's Session

9:00am-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.

How Cities Differ when Women Design Them

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Dr Dorina Pojani  (Adelaide St)
This is a completely different look at urban planning noting the many ways cities would be very different if designed by women.

The History of Bookbinding

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Colin Jorgensen  (Adelaide St)
This will be a short history of bookbinding as well as a description of the work Colin does in restoring old books.

Australian Cafe Culture

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dr Emma Felton  (Adelaide St)
Dr Felton will talk about the Australian coffee culture, its history and origins through to its current role in the twenty-first century. This popular phenomenon barely existed 20 years ago and is now a cultural activity, part of our daily lives.

Robots in the Wild - New Tools for Environment Monitoring and Management

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dr Matthew Dunbabin  (Adelaide St)
The capabilities of robots have increased exponentially in the last decade. Dr Dunbabin will discuss the most recent advances which allow robots to be deployed in the more challenging natural environments.

State Library Tour

11:00am-12:00pm  (State Library)
More than just a library; it offers research, history, restoration of priceless artefacts, meeting rooms, film screening and lectures. Learn how to find your way around this great facility. See Map.

Queensland Art Gallery Guided Tour - Australian Art Collection

11:30am-12:30pm   Presenter: Barbara Lloyd  (Qld Art Gallery)
Barbara will show you the recently rehung Australian Art Collection and discuss aspects of the paintings you may not have noticed yourself. See Map.

Keynote Address: Alzheimer's from Three Perspectives ($10)

Dr Daniel Blackmore, John Quinn, Glenys Petrie1:30pm-3:30pm   Presenter: Dr Daniel Blackmore, John Quinn, Glenys Petrie  (State Library)
Three different looks at Alzheimer's: Ground-breaking research into the science - Dr Blackmore. Living successfully with Dementia - John Quinn and finally John’s partner Glenys Petrie shares strategies she has learned along the way. Venue State Library of Queensland Auditorium 1.

 Tuesday 10th July 

Quintessentially Brisbane - A Hundred Small Lessons

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Ashley Hay  (Adelaide St)
Ashley, the author of The Railway Man’s Wife, will be speaking about her new book, A Hundred Small Lessons which is set in and around Brisbane. Learn the where and the how of this story as she brings her new novel to life.

Numbers - Their Minders and Keepers: Good, Bad, Mad and sometimes Sad

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Peter Galbraith  (Adelaide St)
This presentation will sample anecdotes from the invention, evolution and application of numbers and the people associated with them. Bring a calculator, paper, ruler, pen and pencil.

The Future of Robotics in Australia and Winning the Amazon Robotics Challenge

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Dr Sue Keay  (Adelaide St)
Last year, Sue gave us a look at the amazing work being done at QUT in the field of robotics. This year, she will update us on the latest advancements. She will also share the journey that led to her team winning the prestigious Amazon Challenge on the world stage.

Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Professor Katharine Gelber  (Adelaide St)
This talk will first clarify exactly what kinds of “hate speech” laws exist in Australia and then discuss the ideas and arguments underpinning the existence of hate speech laws worldwide to explain why they continue to be controversial.

Out of the Mouth of Graves

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: John Garner  (Adelaide St)
A forensic scientist, John will discuss many of the techniques, a great number of which he devised, of crime solving and how they pertained to cases he was involved with over many years in the Qld Police Service. (session repeated at 1pm)

Coal, Solar, Wind and Batteries - The Changing Electricity Landscape

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Mike Swanston  (Adelaide St)
This session will explore the changes in our energy supply nationally with some practical tips on how to keep power costs down. Mike’s passions are energy sustainability and a fair deal for customers.

Setting up a Book in Microsoft Word

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dan Kelly  (Adelaide St)
This seminar will help you save money by providing guidelines on how to set up a book in Word. Dan is the manager of Boolarong Press and encourages all of us to record our lives, even if only for our families.

Let's talk Hips and Knees

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Karen Stewart-Smith and Thomas Caitens  (Adelaide St)
These exercise physiologists will explore the anatomy, function and common conditions of the lower limbs and how we can manage these for optimal health and wellness.

Queensland Ballet - Ballet for Seniors Class

12:45pm-2:20pm   Presenter: Kerry Sellers  (The Dixon Centre, Cnr Drake St and Montague Rd West End)
No experience required. Meet at 12.45 outside Qld Ballet's studios – The Dixon Centre 406 Montague Rd West End.

Hearing Love Protects the Brain: An Insurance Policy for Life

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Associate Professor Dimity Dornan  (Adelaide St)
Listen to the founder of Hear and Say discuss how maintaining our hearing as we age is like an insurance policy for our health and can prevent hearing and brain deterioration which allows us to lead a longer and fuller life.

Palliative Care in the 21st Century

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Dr Rohan Vora  (Adelaide St)
Learn what the best palliative care can offer so, if and when the need arises for you or a loved one, you know what is available and what you should be asking for.

Out of the Mouth of Graves (Repeat session)

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: John Garner  (Adelaide St)
A forensic scientist, John will discuss many of the techniques, a great number of which he devised, of crime solving and how they pertained to cases he was involved with over many years in the Qld Police Service.

Fashion Workshop for Travellers

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Marilyn Little  (Adelaide St)
Marilyn is Image Consultant and Senior Stylist for Liz Davenport at Creative Couture. This workshop covers everything you need to know about how to travel like a pro. Let Marilyn show you how to travel for a month using one small bag that will take you from sightseeing to a formal ball.

 Wednesday 11th July 

History of the Northern Territory - Part II

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Gregory Cope  (Adelaide St)
Greg will briefly recap the early history that he covered last year and then go on to more recent events in the Northern Territory.

Botanic Gardens - A History from Early Convict Settlement

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Phil Adam  (Adelaide St)
Phil will trace the development of our Botanic Gardens from their inception in 1828 with an emphasis on the early history of Brisbane.

Key Events that Shaped Modern Psychology

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Professor Bill Von Hippel  (Adelaide St)
This session will discuss the important events in our psychological past and the manner in which they manifest themselves today. It will give a new understanding of where we have come from, how our past continues to impact society today and how an awareness of our past can help us live more satisfying and meaningful lives.

Safe Haven - Jewish Experience in Australia

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Gregory Cope  (Adelaide St)
A Jewish presence began in Australia with the First Fleet. Greg will cover the immigration of Jewish people and government policies over the years including the proposed setting up of the new nation of Israel in north-western Australia.

Advance Care Planning

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Julie Sutherland  (Adelaide St)
Julie invites us to engage in conversations about our future health care preferences and outlines the documents available for people to record their wishes.

The Art and Science of Book Publishing

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dan Kelly  (Adelaide St)
Learn how to combine the subjective and the objective to successfully produce a book on-line or for the shelf.

Renewable Energy: The Achievements to Date and the Challenges Ahead

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Professor Stephen Wilson  (Adelaide St)
Significant technical, economic, financial, market design and policy challenges need to be addressed now that sustainable energy production is increasing. This talk will provide some perspectives on the nature of the opportunities, challenges and uncertainties it brings.

Artificial Intelligence - Machines Must Think Like Humans to Build Trust

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Professor Peter Bruza  (Adelaide St)
This technology is expanding at an alarming rate and no one knows where it is going. Learn a little about the advances and then join the discussion to give your views and concerns.

Creative Ageing

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Neil Price  (Adelaide St)
The Creative Ageing Centre supports the creativity and artistic self-expression of older people to maintain good health and well-being. Neil will give an overview of his organisation.

Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms *NEW*

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Maria Augustus-Dunn  (Adelaide St)
Maria has written a book Married Quarter – Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms about her 21 years as a military spouse; a first-hand look at what life is like for partners of soldiers.

 Thursday 12th July 

Between Linen Sheets - The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Rosalie Gilbert  (Adelaide St)
An interesting romp through the lives of medieval women.

Satellites and Scramjets

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Professor Michael Smart  (Adelaide St)
UQ's world-leading scramjet technology and the future of space exploration. We are talking hypersonic speed - 5 times the speed of sound.

Health Truths and Myths - Probiotics, Green Drinks, Plastics in our Waterways

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Mandy-Lee Noble  (Adelaide St)
Mandy is a dietician who believes that everyone has different nutritional needs and she specialises in developing practical strategies to support people meet their health goals.

Between Linen Sheets - The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women (repeat session)

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Rosalie Gilbert  (Adelaide St)
An interesting romp through the lives of medieval women.

The Great Barrier Reef - The Past, Present and Future

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Roger Rusling  (Adelaide St)
How the reef was formed, the risks of piloting ships through the reef and global warming threats form part of this presentation.

Voluntary Aid Detachments

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Louise Kear  (Adelaide St)
Louise has researched for the Red Cross the formerly unknown work of these women in WWI and beyond. There was a vast army of women volunteers during the Great War.

Bush Poetry

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Anita Reed, John Best and Ron Liekefett  (Adelaide St)
It makes us laugh. It makes us cry. Join this trio for an hour of light entertainment of their own and traditional bush poems.

Later Life Styles

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Brian Herd  (Adelaide St)
Brian gives humorous talks on the serious subject of ageing and the relationship issues that may need to be faced. His area of expertise is Elder Law.


1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Gary Thorpe  (Adelaide St)
Gary will explore the man, his titanic struggles against deafness, his passion for humanity, his love of nature and his ground-breaking works that changed music forever.

General Douglas Macarthur - The Making of the Man - Personal and Military History

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Bob Douglass  (Adelaide St)
Macarthur was a brilliant general but a complex man. Learn about his lesser known private life, his unusual family history and his accomplishments.

Toning your Pelvic Floor Muscle

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Amelia Samuels  (Adelaide St)
Amelia is a physiotherapist who works with men and women who have issues with continence or are recovering from surgery. Learn how to strengthen these areas.

Stroke Research at the Queensland Brain Institute

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Dr Lavinia Codd   (Adelaide St)
Dr Codd works to translate laboratory findings into new behavioural and pharmacological approaches to restore cognitive function in stroke survivors. A repeat of last year’s session.

 Friday 13th July 

Extreme Environments: Gravity and Black Holes

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Dr Janie Hoormann  (Adelaide St)
How black holes are formed, how they were discovered and how astronomers observe them. These topics and more will be discussed.

Quantum Physics

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Professor Andrew White  (Adelaide St)
We are on the verge of a Quantum technology revolution where quantum physics is driving otherwise impossible technological advances. Learn what is happening now and what lies ahead.

No Place for a Woman: Female Medical Pioneers

9:00am-10:30am   Presenter: Jan McMillen  (Adelaide St)
This talk provides an historical perspective of the role of women in medicine, especially the pioneers in Australia, and what they had to overcome.

Translating Saint Guthlac

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Dr Kay Smith  (Adelaide St)
Kay will take you through the translation of a short part of a poem from manuscript to modern English looking at the pitfalls and peculiarities.

Saving English

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin  (Adelaide St)
In a world in which communicating comprehensively is integrated into all aspects of society, is standard English practised by everyone? Has there been a lowering of standards? Prof Petelin will address these questions.

Exercise Right: Tips about Exercise, Ageing and Your Health

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Associate Professor Rob Robergs  (Adelaide St)
Learn how exercise can assist health and well-being through the ageing process. Learn the amount and quality of exercise required for optimal results. A repeat of the 2017 session.

A Behind the Scenes Tour of What’s Hot in Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence *NEW*

11:00am-12:30pm   Presenter: Prof. Michael Milford  (Adelaide St)
Michael will take the audience on an exciting, provocative journey through the state of the play in robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles: how they work, what they can do, and what’s likely to happen in future, and some of the many challenging ethical, moral and practical issues (and opportunities) that they raise.

GOMA Gallery Tour - 'Time and Tides' - Art in the Torres Strait Islands

11:30am-12:30pm   Presenter: Barbara Lloyd  (Gallery of Modern Art)
This tour will take in the Time and Tides exhibition. See Map.

History and Film: The War Film

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Gordon Kidd  (Adelaide St)
A chonological history of the war film, particularly in the English-speaking cinema - the productions of Hollywood and the British studios. Australia’s small output of war films will also be touched on.

3D Printing - A Personal Perspective

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Fred Stratford  (Adelaide St)
This talk on 3D printing will look at the history, pitfalls, materials and common problems as well as how to make an object.

RACQ Update - Vehicle Safety for Grandchildren

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Louise Hart  (Adelaide St)
Keeping up with road rule changes is a necessity as is keeping grandchildren safe in and around vehicles. Louise will discuss these issues in her presentation.

Exercise Right: Tips about Exercise, Ageing and Your Health (Repeat session)

1:00pm-2:30pm   Presenter: Associate Professor Rob Robergs  (Adelaide St)
Learn how exercise can assist health and well-being through the ageing process. Learn the amount and quality of exercise required for optimal results. A repeat of the 11am session.

 Saturday 14th July 

All Day Creative Writing Masterclass ($10)

9:00am-3:00pm   Presenter: Thea Biesheuvel  (Creek St.)
Thea will again assist budding writers by sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience in this field.