The Forum organises regular meetings which are open to all. Future meetings are shown below. The list should be updated at least every three months. Other meetings of interest are sometimes included. Monday 18th March "Welcome to the Anthropocene". A talk by Colin Summerhayes of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. We humans have greatly modified the Earth’s surface and the water cycle, but with the development of advanced industrial practices in World War II, a ‘Great Acceleration’ began in the spread and deposition of multiple new materials, which grew exponentially as the consumer society took off. We believe that the beginning of the ‘Great Acceleration’ can be dated to about 1950, and a formal case is being built to propose that this marks the lower bound of a new human-influenced geological period – the Anthropocene. Among our human influences now are global warming and ocean acidification. 1900. Council Chamber, GBC Millmead Offices. Tuesday 19th March Geographical Association of Guildford. Talk by Mr Alan Kinder, chief executive of the Geographical Association: "Cities in the 21st Century". 1730. The County School, Farnham Road, Guildford. All GEF members are invited. Monday 8th April GEF Transport Group. Talk by Gordon Frost, Operations Director, Stagecoach South Ltd: “What does the Future Hold for Bus Travel?”. Gordon will cover issues such as low carbon fuels, rural services, meeting the needs of the community in terms of fares, for example, and the all-important modal shift from cars to public transport. 1900 to 2100. Room 6, Hurtmore, GBC Millmead Offices. Monday 29th April GEF AGM, and talk by Professor Helen E Roy MBE: "The Role of Citizen Science in Understanding the Ecology of Non-native Species." Biological invasions are large-scale processes driven by humans. Global collaborations, ensuring knowledge is shared, are essential to advance understanding and enable successful implementation of strategies to manage invasive non-native species. Helen will provide an overview of the importance of citizen science in raising awareness of biological invasions while also enabling people to contribute to research for the benefit of society, science and nature. 1830 AGM, 1915 Talk. Council Chamber, GBC Millmead Offices. Saturday 1st June Scything Course for Beginners and Improvers. Mark Allery is back again to teach us. Learn or improve your scything skills while managing our grass at the Rosamund Community Garden. Everything is provided, including refreshments, but please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing. Cost £35 per head, discounts available. 1000 to 1600. Meet at Rosamund Garden, top of Longdown Road, GU4 8PP. Park along the grass verge. Please register with John Bannister on 01483 570468 or 07443 914347 to discuss arrangements. Saturday 8th June Farnham Community Farm's Sustainability Fayre. Hot food, wildlife talks, children's events, games, delicious fresh produce. Our stall will showcase various GEF projects including our Swifts Project. Please come and support us. Stagecoach bus 65, Guildford-Farnham, stops right outside. 1100 to 1600. Gostrey Meadow, Farnham GU9 7RT.