Festival of Ideas: The Power of the Media in the Science-Religion Dialogue
We are delighted to be hosting a panel discussion at this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas
on the topic of science and religion in the media.
In today’s digitalized world the way the public collects information is changing. There is a wide array of places to find facts, opinions and evidence, which is having an impact on public perception as well as literacy on key issues and topics. The Science Media Centre has been developed to help inform the press on science, but at the same time there has been a decrease in the number of religious correspondents. As science advances so rapidly, are key questions being adequately addressed in the media?
This panel discussion will investigate the various aspects of the dissemination and understanding of the science-religion dialogue, as well as looking at the use and representation of academically credible and reliable information. Whose responsibility is it to keep the public informed and up-to-date? Where should the information come from, and how should it be shared? Are commissioning processes fair in the representation of certain topics? Is the dissemination being distorted by budgeting or political issues? With panellists Clifford Longley
, Aaqil Ahmed
, Denis Alexander
and Fern Elsden Baker
the discussion will be an interesting and informed dialogue about the challenges, opportunities and struggles of science and religion in the media.
It will be hosted in the reknowned Debating Chamber of the Cambridge Union Society
on 31 October. The panel discussion will start at 2pm and will be followed by refreshments and further discussion in the bar.