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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 148 - September 2018

 

 

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September 2018 Newsletter No. 148
   East meets West: Approaches to Science in the Orthodox and Western Christian Traditions
6.00-9.00 pm, Monday 17 September 2018

Entry is free, but booking is essential at https://tinyurl.com/ycpdvzhn
Can't make our events in person? Don't worry, most of our seminars, talks, lectures and public festivals are available on the Multimedia part of our website. We have over 600 talks for you to watch or listen to at your convenience. 
Faraday at the Greenbelt Festival
The Faraday team were at the Greenbelt Christian Arts festival over the August bank holiday weekend. They were part of a new venue, the telescope venue, shared with others who have an interest in Science and Religion and organised through the festival by members of the Faraday staff. Over the weekend the festival saw about 12,000 people attending events at Boughton House near Kettering. The Faraday contribution was an open house event organised by the Faraday Schools team. Children were invited to participate in a range of activities including preparing edible DNA, previewing the new school’s virtual reality film, handling fossils and making moulds of their shapes. This event inevitably also attracted parents who along with other adults were able to attend seminar sessions on Genome Editing (Alexander Massmann), God and Disasters (Roger Abbott) and a public lecture on the theme of genetic determinism (Denis Alexander).
 
Faraday External Communications Officer
Vacancy

We are is looking for a proactive and efficient individual to be responsible for all the external communications of the Institute. You will be the first point of contact for the media and ensure that news of the Institute’s activities, events and outputs is disseminated as widely as possible.  For further information see under "latest news" on our website
Research Seminar Series 
 
Seminars for the Michaelmas term will start again on 9 October.

9 October
Perfection and randomness: lessons from nanotechnology
Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS

23 October
Can Nature be Red in Tooth and Claw in the thought of Augustine?'  case study).
Dr Stanley Rosenberg

6 November
Faith and Science for a sustainable world
Prof. Mathais Klaeui,

20 November
Kalam Philosophy, Islam and Science
Dr Bruno Guiderdoni

Our seminars are held at 1.00 pm on alternate Tuesdays during term in St Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 pm  onwards. All are welcome.
Public Lecture

2 November  5.30pm
Human Identity in a Scientific World
Lord Rowan Williams
Old Divinity School, St John's, Trinity Street
This special lecture is free of charge. We will be setting up an Eventbrite to book seats. It will be followed by a free drinks reception and an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker
Workshops

2019 Professional Workshops for church leaders
Science and Faith in the Local Church
Cambridge,
St Edmund's College
9-10 January

Bristol,
Trinity College 
20-21 February
 
Manchester,
Nazarene Theological College
13-14 March
Staff changes
This month we were sorry to say goodbye to two key members of our administrative staff
Rachel Simonson, has been our administrator for the past three and a half years. Rachel has looked after the smooth and efficient running of the office. Visitors to offices, participants on our courses and those who come to our seminars will be very aware of Rachel's warm welcome and her care to ensure that everyone felt part of Faraday
Eleanor Puttock has been our External Communications Officer for over four years and has produced many of these Newsletters, as well as organising our involvement in many external events including the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Science Festival and Greenbelt. She has enthusiastically promoted our activities and helped to maintain our profile.
 We will be welcoming new staff members in the next few weeks and will be introduce them in the next newsletter.
 
Rachel Simonson writes:
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…” that everyone may find satisfaction in all their toil…. “ From Ecclesiastes 3 v 1
After 3.5 years I am sad to be saying goodbye, there are many things and many people I shall miss and I am grateful for it all but other family challenges and responsibilities call.  I am leaving at a time of significant change for the Institute, as well as myself Eleanor Puttock our External Communications Officer has recently left to commence working for the Diocese of Ely – we wish her well.
The scripture continues "… that everyone may find satisfaction in all their toil…" This is my prayer for everyone involved in the mission of Faraday and may it be for you, dear readers and supporters, wherever in the world and in the dialogue of science and religion you find yourselves
Annual Reception for Christians in the Cambridge Scientific Community
Monday 26 November 2018 - New Venue!
The Faraday Institute will hold the sixth annual reception on Monday 20 November 2018 starting from 6.00 pm in Christ Church , Cambridge, CB1 1HT.
The invitation is for all in the Cambridge area who self-identify as scientists (from graduate students to FRSs and Nobel prize-winners) and who also self-identify as Christians.
Save this date and watch this space to find out what we have in store. 
Denis Alexander Australia Lectures
September 2018
Thursday 6 Sept. 6.30 p.m. Base @ Flux, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Title: ‘Science and Faith – Friends or Foes?’ [Organiser: Paul Whitfield, paul.whitfield@citybibleforum.org].
Friday 7 Sept. 1.00 p.m. John Septimus Roe High School, Perth. Title: ‘The Ethical Challenges of Modern Science’.
Tuesday 11 Sept. 6.00 p.m. Book Launch at New College, University of Sydney, for Is There Purpose in Biology? Book introduced by Prof. Peter Harrison.
Tuesday 11 Sept. 7.30 p.m. Lecture 1 of Annual New College Lectures, University of Sydney. Title: ‘Manipulating Humans: A Challenge to Science and Faith’ [Organiser: Jonathan Billingham,  j.billingham@newcollege.unsw.edu.au]
Wednesday 12 Sept. 7.30 p.m.  Lecture 2 of Annual New College Lectures, University of Sydney. Title: ‘Are We Slaves to Our Genes?: Faith and the Future of Humanity’.
Thursday 13 Sept. 7.30 p.m. Lecture 3 of Annual New College Lectures, University of Sydney. Title: ‘Genetic Engineering: Faith and the Future of Humanity’.
Tuesday 18 Sept. Time tbc. The Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Title: ‘Genetics, God and the future of humanity’ [Organiser: Lyn Jackson, Tel: 07 3871 9360].
Wednesday 19 Sep. 7.30 p.m. St. Peter’s Anglican Church, East Hill, Melbourne.  Title: ‘Genetics, God and the future of humanity’ [Organiser: Chris Mulherin, ChrisMulherin@iscast.org].
Thursday 20 Sept. 10.00 a.m. The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne. Title: ‘Genes, Determinism and God: are we slaves to our genes?’ [Lecture open to the public].
Friday 21 Sept. 7.30 p.m. Canberra, venue tbc. Title: ‘Genetics, God and the future of humanity’. [Organiser: Jonathan Clarke, jon.clarke@bigpond.com].
Monday 24 Sept. 7.30 p.m. Tabor College, Adelaide. Title: ‘Genetics, God and the future of humanity’. [Organiser: Sam Owens sowens@adelaide.tabor.edu.au]
 
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