Ordinary Meetings are held during autumn and winter in central Manchester and start at 5:30pm with refreshments available from 5:15pm. 

At each meeting an invited speaker will talk on a subject of economic or social interest and then there will be questions and discussion. The talk will normally be printed in the Society's journal which is distributed to members and subscribing libraries. Copies may be purchased by non-members.

Following each Ordinary Meeting, which usually finishes around 7.15pm, the Society entertains the speaker to dinner and discussion on the topic of the evening resumes and continues until 9.30pm.  This is a separate event but all members and guests who wish to attend are welcome to do so. It is necessary to book and pay in advance. Please use the email address below.
In spring the Society holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by the Annual Dinner. The AGM is for voting members of the Society only but guests may attend the dinner and hear the after-dinner speaker. Again, it is necessary to book and pay in advance. Please use the email address below.


Members are encouraged to bring guests. Unaccompanied visitors are asked to contact the Secretary on

 Meetings in the 185th Session 2017 - 2018
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Lord O’Neill of Gatley 
Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester
The need for more and better economic, especially, regional data 
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Professor Leon Feinstein
Director of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England
Genetics and social class
Speaker biography
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Dr Iain McGilchrist
Psychiatrist and Author, Talisker, Isle of Skye
Brain asymmetry and the weirdness of the West
Speaker biography 
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Mr Jon Rouse
Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
The £22 billion question – how can data help Greater Manchester optimise the impact of public services on population health?
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Dr Chandrika Nath
Acting Director & Scientific Advisor, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
Why Science matters to Parliament
Speaker biography 
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE
Warden, Nuffield College, Oxford
Numbers and public policy: why the statistics really do matter
Speaker biography 
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
AGM after-dinner speaker:
Eamonn O'Neal DL
Broadcaster, Journalist and CEO of St Ann’s Hospice
 Chronometers tick, cannons boom and any old map will do
Speaker biography 

Meetings in the 184th Session 2016 - 2017
(for details of meetings in the 2015-16 session click previous-meetings)

Friday 7 October 2016

Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE

Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

 The NHS and Society
 – not what can I do, what should I do –
professionals in partnership with patients

For speaker's biography, click here.


Tuesday 8 November 2016

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky

University of Bristol

Climate models and climate data: confusion and misinformation vs. scientific reality

Please see below for details of this talk

For speaker's biography, click here


 Tuesday 13 December 2016

Professor Nick Hardwick CBE

School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London
and Chair of the Parole Board

The dangers of keeping us safe - police, prisons, probation and risk

For speaker's biography, click here


Tuesday 10 January 2017

Professor John Curtice, FRSA FRSE FBA

University of Strathclyde

Will we be ever able to trust the polls?

 For speaker's biography, click here


Tuesday 14 February 2017

Professors Julie Froud1, Sukhdev Johal2, John Tomaney3 and Karel Williams1

1Alliance Manchester Business School; 2Queen Mary London; 3University College London

The Manchester model? City region economic development since the 1980s

For speakers' biographies, click here


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Mrs Bridget Rosewell OBE

Senior Partner, Volterra Partners, London,
and Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Infrastructure and the Economy: What can we prove, if anything?

For speaker's biography, click here


Tuesday 9 May 2017

Annual General Meeting
followed at 6:30 pm by the
Annual Dinner, after-dinner speaker

Mr John Timpson, CBE,
Chairman, Timpson Group

A Maverick's View

For speaker's biography, click here