Our next virtual meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday December 7th 2020, when Dr Arthur Broadbent of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester will give a talk entitled Invasive Plant Species – Bogeyman or Ecological Disaster? For more info click here.
From member feedback, our first three virtual meetings have been successful, with the number of virtual attendees being close to the numbers who previously attending in person.
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As previously explained on this page, back in March 2020 we cancelled all scheduled meetings up to September, hoping that we would be in a position to resume “real” or live meetings from then. However, approaching Christmas we are definitely not yet where we rather naively thought we would be, and we do not believe we will be able to resume live meetings until well into next year. As people on the mailing list will know, we canvassed views regarding virtual (video conferencing) v. live meetings, and a (small) majority were in favour of virtual. However, since then further government restrictions and the second lockdown have meant that live meetings are impossible for the foreseeable future. As a result we held our first virtual meeting in September 2020, using Zoom video conferencing. We have held further Zoom meetings, and have more scheduled up to March 2021. We know it is not ideal, and we hope that sometime next year we will be able to return to Knutsford Sports Club (or another local venue), but for now it’s either that or shut up shop altogether. We hope that you will support us and our speakers for however long it takes (and let’s keep everything crossed for the vaccine!).
We do not plan to make charges for video lectures, although we may need to review this if we get more that 100 attendees (and Zoom charges go up) but we’ll cross that bridge when/if we come to it.
We are keeping the meetings on the same schedule (first Monday monthly) but one important change to note is that we have changed the start time to 7.00pm. Hopefully this won’t adversely affect anyone – it probably took at least half an hour for most people to travel and queue for a beer, and get a good seat, so it probably won’t make much difference at the start, but it should mean an earlier finish (helpful for those who eat afterwards). People will be able to join meetings at 6.30pm, and they will be closed to newcomers at 7.00pm.
As ever, we would like to hear any ideas for speakers, so please keep them coming.