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Short Course in Ireland: An Introduction to Science and Religion

Dublin City University: June 25-27, 2010

Deadline for applications: May 28, 2010
Deadline for Bursary applications: April 30, 2010

Aim of Course

This short weekend course is for busy people who would like to obtain a broad introductory overview of the science-religion debate from leading speakers in the field, covering topics such as the historical background to the debate, philosophical approaches to relate science and faith, the anthropic principle, evolution, medical ethics, and scientific and theological issues surrounding natural disasters. There will be plenty of opportunity for interactions with speakers during the periods set aside for questions and discussion. It is planned that the panel discussion on the Friday evening will be chaired by William Crawley of the BBC and will be broadcast on the Sunday Sequence show from Belfast on the Sunday morning.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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DCU is located a short distance from Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport and the M50 and M1 motorways. The campus is bordered by Ballymun Road and Collins Avenue. Details here.

Course Schedule

Friday June 25
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmPanel Discussion - Questions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday June 26
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Stephen Williams: Science, Faith and Reason
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Ernan McMullin (deceased): Galileo and the Church
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmDublin City Tour
4.00 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDr Donal O'Mathuna: Medical Ethics and What it Means to be Human
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday June 27
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. David Livingstone: Darwin's Forgotten Defenders
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Denis Alexander: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Bob White FRS: Are Natural Disasters Acts of God?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart