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Short Course No. 2: Science, Faith and Society

Westminster College: Sept 22-24, 2006

Deadline for Bursary applications: July 21, 2006

Aim of Course

This course will be of interest to all those concerned with the way that the ethical implications of scientific discoveries, as well as the handling of science and religion more specifically, are handled by the media, by government, and in education, thereby shaping public perceptions of both science, ethics and religion. The Course will be of particular interest to scientists concerned with the public understanding of science, to those in the media involved in communicating science and/or religion, to teachers and all involved in education, to those in government involved in shaping policy, and to all members of the general public who have an interest in the way science and faith interact in society.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The course will be held at Westminster College, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Westminster College is housed in an impressive late 19th century grade II listed building situated in two acres of gardens within easy walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated 'Backs' and other University Colleges. It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Westminster College is on the main ring road within easy access off the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking. The College is a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes. Location map for Westminster College.

Course Schedule

Friday September 22
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmRt Hon John Gummer: How Does Parliament Handle the Ethical Issues Raised by Scientific Advance?
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday September 23
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. David Cook: Science, Faith and the Moral Maze
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Sir John Houghton: Global Warming and Society's Response
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmMr Martin Redfern: Science and Religion in Radio
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmMr Michael Brooks: Science and Religion in Science Journalism
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDr Pete Moore: Ethical Issues Raised by Science
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion - Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday September 24
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Pete Moore: Ethical Issues in the Public Mind
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Derek Burke: Ethics in Public Policy
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. David Cook: Bioethics in the Media and Public Policy
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmConcluding Remarks
4.30 pmDepart