Events

The highlights of each year are without doubt our annual residential conferences, held each spring, though we also hold a smaller informal one day meeting in Newbury each September. Our residential conferences continue to be remarkably successful events

This page contains details of previous and forthcoming events. In 2014 we have started to add videos of some of the Conference talks: these are also available from this page.

A reminder that the BSS is hosting its first Zoom event on 17 April 2021 starting at 17:00 BST which equates to:

• 09:00 PDT – West Coast of North America
• 12:00 EDT – East Coast of North America
• 16:00 UTC – Coordinated Universal Time (roughly GMT)
• 17:00 BST/IST – UK and RoI
• 18:00 CEST – Central Europe

The speakers will be:

Frank King – Welcome and Introduction
Roger Bailey – A Sundial Tour in the French Alps, featuring the historic sundials of G F Zarbula and the modern dials of Remi Potey
Woody Sullivan – Title tbc
Fred Sawyer – Hybrid Peaucellier Sundials – Dial Designs You’ve Never Seen Before

Questions submitted during the talks will be put to the speakers at the end and we expect the whole event to last about 90 minutes.

Registration

If you would like to attend, please email conf2021@sundialsoc.org.uk.
The event is free and open to anyone worldwide; please tell your friends!

BSS Zoom Event

In lieu of our 2021 Conference we plan to host three talks via Zoom on 17 April 2021. They will start at 17:00 BST and expect the entire event to last about 90 minutes. This time of day should suit those living in any time zone from the west coast of North America to the Middle East.

The speakers will be Fred Sawyer (President of NASS), Roger Bailey (sundial designer and former Secretary of NASS) and Woody Sullivan (Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and instigator of the first sundial on Mars), all of whom are well known to those who attend our Conferences. We shall provide titles for the talks in the new year. Meantime, Fred has promised that there will be no equations in his talk!

Registration

If you would like to attend please email conf2021@sundialsoc.org.uk. You will be sent an acknowledgement and, later, a formal Zoom invitation. The event is free and open to anyone.

Zoom

Many people have become very familiar with Zoom over the last few months but if you have managed to avoid it so far and would like some help, please read on for guidance on both its use and how to install it, kindly provided by BSS member Mike Faraday, as well as an offer of 1:1 assistance from Frank King.

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If you are new to Zoom you will need to download either the Zoom APP for your phone/ipad/touchpad or Zoom plugin for your computer’s browser.

Here are the instructions on how to do that. The screenshots show setup on a PC using Internet Explorer but the steps for other platforms and browsers are similar.

Install Zoom from https://zoom.us/support/download. Note: If you open this link from an iPhone or Android device the App store will open with Zoom for you to download and install.

Select Run in Internet Explorer:


If a User Account Control message pops up, select Yes:

Follow any additional on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

First way to connect to a meeting

Now you have installed Zoom you only have to click on the URL in the email you have been sent. It will look like this :
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/nnnnnnnnnnn?pwd=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Second way to connect to the talk

Open Zoom by clicking on the Zoom Icon on your screen or in the menu
This screen will appear

Just click on Join a meeting (do not try to sign in) this will take you to a screen to enter the meeting number and the password which are in the email.

Once connected

You will be on the waiting room page where you will need to wait whilst the host checks that you are booked in for this talk.

Once the host has allowed you into the meeting please ensure your microphone is muted. The icon looks like this in the bottom left hand of the screen.

Sorry, whilst you might see your friends on the screen total confusion will occur if we all try to talk at the same time. If you want to ask a question or speak to us please press the “hand raise” button by pressing the “participants button” at the bottom of the screen and then on the bottom right or type in the chat box. We will endeavour to answer asap. These questions will be sent to the speaker to answer at the end.

When asked Join with Audio and Video its up to you whether you want to do this. You will still be able to hear and see the talk if don’t join with either.

That’s it, you’ve done it, settle down and listen to the talk – we hope you enjoy it.

 

We regret that due to Covid-19 the April 2020 conference in York cannot be held. The Society’s next conference will be held between 16-18 April 2021 in Exeter. Further information on the Exeter conference will be posted later in the year.

PLEASE NOTE:
This event is being held on the THIRD Saturday of September this year, rather than on the usual fourth Saturday of September.

We are again meeting at Sutton Hall, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN (directions below).

Exhibits – Talks – Bookstall

Beautiful country village setting. Plenty of free parking. Modernised village hall with ample space, tables and chairs for all your interesting displays (indoors and outside) of sundials, models, photos etc. Please include a card with your name on any displays.

Please bring something along:

  • Dials: finished, or in progress
  • Pictures
  • Paraphernalia

Speakers welcome – 10-minute talks / demos. Please e-mail David Pawley with suggestions for talks, ideally before mid-September 2019 if possible.

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