The Mensa Foundation’s Colloquiums have been excellent, in-depth weekends spent with the researchers who make these issues their life’s work. The first one I attended dealt with alternate sources of energy. At the time, I worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and had some background in the subject. During that Colloquium, I had the opportunity to test-drive a hybrid car. I now own a hybrid.
I attended the Colloquium on cosmology, having absolutely no knowledge of the subject, and heard some fascinating discussions on whether string theory was valid, including some really in-depth questions from a 10-year-old boy. At the weather Colloquium in Atlanta, I heard peer-reviewed researchers discuss the climate, particularly whether there really is global climate change and its potential effects on the food supplies and animal populations of the world.
These events, and the other Colloquiums I have attended, have all been fascinating learning experiences with world-class researchers as the presenters, and I appreciate the opportunity to gain new views on timely subjects.