Upcoming social: Sandford Mill museum and waterworks tour

CSES members' social: Tue 4 July 2017, 17:00, Sandford Mill

It's the long-awaited return of the CSES social trips and tours!

We are offering an exclusive opportunity to look around the abandoned water filtering plant at Sandford Mill, along with a private tour of the Marconi and industrial museum, with Tim Wander.

This is only the second time the filter house has been open to the public since the original opening in October 2016. Don't miss out!

See our events page for more details and to book.

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Marconi Day and Titanic Exhibition

Marconi's Birthday Bash: Sunday 23 April 2017, Sandford Mill; Titanic exhibition: 8 April – 25 June 2017, Bond Street

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society is proud to support two upcoming events celebrating our city's industrial heritage.

Chelmsford Museum will be celebrating Guglielmo Marconi's birthday on 23 April with a special Marconi-themed Birthday Bash at Sandford Mill, from 10am to 4pm.

Chelmsford Civic Society are hosting the Titanic: Honour and Glory touring exhibition in Bond Street from 8 April until 25 June, to celebrate the importance of Marconi's work in Chelmsford and the critical role it played in saving the lives of passengers on the Titanic.

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Important service announcement

Membership fee increase and web server upgrades

We will increase our standard membership fee from £8 to £12 (annually) by October 2017. This follows a motion approved at the society's Annual General Meeting, held at Anglia Ruskin University on 23 November 2016, to raise the membership fee.

Existing members will be charged the increased rate at their next renewal, which will be no earlier than October 2017. This change does not affect free membership categories.

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It's back! Café Scientifique

The art and science of working with glass: Tue 21 Feb 2017, Anglia Ruskin Students' Union Bar

We are very pleased to announce the return of our Café Scientifique series of informal speaker-led discussions.

For the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Following the success of our well-attended New Year's Curry, our social calendar is continuing to grow for 2017 and February's event will be a Café Scientifique session on glass working. The union bar will be open throughout the event, serving drinks and snacks.

Visit the event page for details and to book for FREE online.

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Ageing Well: A Smarter Essex

Forum discusses an innovative future for Essex

CSES facilitates event on challenges and opportunities of ageing population

The first in a series of discussions on how to address some of the challenges facing an ageing population within Essex, supported by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, has taken place.

Led by the Essex Partnership Board in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, the event on 6 December 2016 welcomed public service commissioners, academics, businesspeople, experts and partners to discuss innovative new ideas around Essex's ageing population.

Watch the video of the event here (requires Flash player).

Ageing Well - A Smarter Essex

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Channel 4 seeks engineers to star in new show "Escape"

Maverick TV are currently casting for a new engineering show for Channel 4, and have approached Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society to seek participants.

They are looking for exceptional individuals who have a passion for engineering and are willing to take on the ultimate challenge. They will drop the contestants into remote locations around the world and ask them to create an escape vehicle out of the debris of a fictional crash site. The series is not just about survival – it is about escaping.

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CSES Annual Dinner 2017: Tickets now on sale

CSES President's Dinner, Thursday 20 April 2017, 7.00 for 7.30 pm, The Warren Golf & Country Club

We are pleased to welcome members and their guests to our 2017 President's Dinner. Book now for what promises to be an excellent evening!

We have a great menu and after-dinner speaker, Linda O'Halloran, who will talk about her fascinating experience conducting disaster recovery in Haiti following the earthquake.

Please see the event page for more details and to download the booking form.

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My Smarter Essex follow-up questions

Thank you to everyone who made the My Smarter Essex event on 6 October 2016 such a fantastic success.

Poll results from My Smarter Essex
Photos from My Smarter Essex

The level of interest, enthusiasm and engagement from all parties (especially the student audience) was overwhelming and we now have a vast wealth of comments, questions and issues to pore over!

In the coming months we will discuss the big issues that face us as we move towards a smarter Essex. In the meantime, we'd like to answer some of the more specific questions submitted during the presentations:

Follow the links or read on for answers...

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