NEXT MEETING (NB Second Monday because of Easter)
Our next virtual meeting will be held on the 12th April 2021 at 7pm (virtual doors open at 6.30), when Professor Nigel Linge, University of Salford, School of Computing, Science and Engineering, will talk about 5G: “The Need, Technical Challenges, and Impact”. From more information see blog post below. Joining instructions will be sent out to everyone on the SciBar mailing list a few days before the meeting.
**** Coronavirus ****
As previously explained on this page, back in March 2020 we cancelled all scheduled meetings up to September 2020, hoping that we would be in a position to resume “real” or live meetings from then. Obviously that wasn’t possible, and, having consulted the regular SciBar attendees, we started holding virtual Zoom meetings from September. We hope to resume “real” meetings later this year (2021), but obviously we do not yet know for certain when that will be allowable. If the aspirational timetable published by the government in its roadmap in February stays on course, we could have our first real meeting in July, but we think it may make more sense to aim for September 2021 anyway. Watch this space!
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.