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Hertfordshire Branch Meetings

2018 - 2019

We are continually trying to put together a programme which will appeal to the widest audience, so any suggestions as to subject matter or speakers we may contact, will be gratefully received.

Guests and non-BCS members are very welcome. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are free of charge to all attendees. If you wish to attend any meeting, please would you book your places using the booking link given in the meeting information below.

Most of our meetings are divided between two venues: the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and Sopra Steria in Hemel Hempstead. The meeting times are the same at both of these venues: Registration and refreshments from 7:00pm and the business of meetings start at 7:30pm. Meetings generally finish at about 9:00pm. There are opportunities for networking or just having a chat with other Society members before and after the main business of the meeting.

Travelling instructions for our University of Hertfordshire venue, may be found here.

Travelling instructions for our Sopra Steria venue, may be found here.

Overseas delegates wishing to attend any of these events should note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.

Neighbouring BCS branches may also have events of interest to members. Details of these events may be found on their branch websites. For links, see below:

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Tuesday 9 April 2019

7.30pm. at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Improving Strategic Management with Dynamic Business Models

Kim Warren, Strategy Dynamics

The availability of quality data from IT systems has improved strategic decision-making but organisations should now aim for more: the continual, holistic steering of all policies and decisions across all functions at all times. This has not been possible until now, as it requires a working quantified simulation of the entire enterprise, itself requiring rigorous principles on which such Dynamic Business Models can be built and the ready availability of accurate corporate data to populate the models.

In his lecture Kim Warren will demonstrate how this challenge can be met using real world examples which show the power and business value of the models.

If you wish to attend this meeting, please would you book your places using this booking link.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

7.30pm. at the offices of Sopra Steria, Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: Drones for civilian and humanitarian needs

Stephan Barnard, Product Developer and UAV entrepreneur

Aimed at providing a quick and practical guide to starting your own Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project, this interactive talk will focus on opportunities, issues and safety in civilian UAV projects - including local examples of what can go wrong and how forensic analysis can be used to show how a small mistake can lead to potential disaster. You will hear how civilian UAVs save lives, protect wildlife, and are being used to improve agriculture across the world as well as in Hertfordshire, where significant agricultural UAV research is being performed.

You are encouraged to come to interact, to ask questions and discuss your aspirations and ideas for the future of UAVs.

If you wish to attend this meeting, please would you book your places using this booking link.

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Wednesday 12 June 2019

6.30pm. at Unit 18, Boxted Farm, Berkhamstead Rd, Potton End, HP1 2SG

Visit to Mad Squirrel Brewery

Mad Squirrel Brewery has won multiple awards at local, regional and national level. This visit consists of a 45 minute in depth tour covering process to finished product by a qualified beer tour guide, a tutored tasting in the tap room (6x 1/3 Pint of Mad Squirrel Beer), and an artisan pizza from hand-made dough baked with local fresh ingredients. Free to members and £25 for non-members.

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Wednesday 18 September 2019

7.00pm. at Verulamium Museum, St. Michael's Street, St. Albans, AL3 4SW

AGM followed by: Visit to Verulamium Museum

Containing a wide variety of Roman artefacts excavated from the site of the town of Verulamium, the Verulamium Museum is considered one of the best museums of Roman history in the country. The AGM will be followed by an opportunity to explore Verulamium Museum with BCS Herts after hours. Discover how one of the largest towns in Roman Britain, situated next to the River Ver all but disappeared beneath the earth. Explore how our ancestors lived and how modern technology and conservation is bringing the ancient city back to life. Booking is required to attend this event. Museum entrance is free for members and TBC for non-members.

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