Well, with only days to go we are still trying to find a venue. Fingers crossed (whatever good that does) something will turn up. If it wasn't for the projector we would hold the workshop in the street. Thinking about it, if we did, people could just come and go as they pleased. We could have a timetable chalked on a board. Someone who is only interested in, say pumps, could see that they have time to do a bit of shopping or have a Fair Trade coffee before the session on pumps starts. If Cye and I dressed in 'sunny' costumes and did the whole workshop about 4 times, without a break, the hat might collect enough to pay the travel expenses, but it wouldn't be enough to pay the 50 euro/hr for a hall or the 'Public liability Insurance' that seems to be required to run the workshop just once in out of the rain.
All the finger crossing did the trick. The workshop will be held in NUI Galway School of Physics. Meet at the yellow sculpture outside the library at 11.45am. Bring a packed lunch as there is not much open on the campus this time of year. We should be finished by 6. Send me a PM if you need better directions.
It came and went. There were 9 people there. Most where there with a general interest and a few where there because they are twitching to get going. Folks in the group talked about their projects and there was even talk of helping each other out. We had a good break in the middle. Tea and buns were supplied by Somhairle and Catriona (the organisers) and the room was humming with conversations about all sorts of stuff. At the end of the solar workshop we gave a brief intro to solar PV. We had a 50watt panel and a GTI and MPPT controller. There was a good deal of interest in that technology so we are hopeful that a Solar PV workshop might prove popular. Thanks again to Somhairle and Catriona and to everyone who turned up and of course to NUIG The School Of Physics who co-hosted the workshop.