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Summer Course 12. Cambridge Perspectives on Science and Religion

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: July 2-7, 2017

Deadline for applications: May 26, 2017
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 5, 2017

Aim of Course

Aim of Course


Our Summer Course this year is different from all the courses that we have run since 2006. This time we are aiming to show-case Cambridge University Science and Religion, so nearly all the speakers are from Cambridge. Those not presently at Cambridge have close historical links with the University.


There are plenty of top scientists on the Programme this year, so we hope that many scientists in particular will be interested in coming. Having said that, all our Courses are open to those from any disciplinary background and all speakers are encouraged to make their talks accessible to all.

The big questions that this Course addresses are perennial ones. Does science tell us all we need to know about the world? What philosophical and theological questions does scientific progress raise? How have science and religion interacted in the past and how do they do so today? What are the ethical issues arising from new scientific and technological discoveries?

Come and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of a Cambridge College while you grapple with these and other questions in the dialogue between science and religion. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Every summer after the Course is over, delegates go away with a new network of friends and contacts in the science and religion field.

 

The cost of attending this course is as follows:

Residential £725, £595 (Post Doc), £395 (Student)

Non-residential £395, £275 (Post Doc), £190 (Student)

Deposit to secure place £75

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

The course will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of 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 Lucy Cavendish College.

Application Form

Course Schedule

Sunday July 2
5.00 pmArrival and Registration
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmWelcome and Introductions (Wood-Legh Room)
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 3
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amProf. Bob White: "Introducing Science and Religion"
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Russell Cowburn: "Why Matter Matters to God - Lessons from Nanotechnology"
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
2.15 pmProf. Janet Soskice: "Creation ex nihilo and its implicatins for science"
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmSmall Groups
4.15 pmTea Break
4.45 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: "Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle"
5.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmPanel Discussion
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 4
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amDr Louise Hickman: "Historical Perspectives on Natural Theology"
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Sir Colin Humphreys: "Dating Biblical Events Using Science"
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time/optional tour (Cambridge Science Tour)
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmProf. John Hedley Brooke: "Historical Perspectives in Science and Religion"
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.15 pmRevd Dr Andrew Davison: "Theological issues raised by SETI (the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence)"
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmMeet the Speaker: Prof. Colin Humphreys
9.15 pmBar and informal discussion
Wednesday July 5
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amProf. Keith Fox: "Creation and Evolution - How Do They Relate"
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris: "Evolution - Random or Determined?"
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmScience Workshop or Free time/optional tour (Cambridge Science Tour)
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmDr Denis Alexander: "Evolution, Adam and Eve, The Fall and Suffering"
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.30 pmPanel Discussion: Keith Fox, Simon Conway Morris, Denis Alexander, Jonathan Moo
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmMeet the Speaker: Prof. Bob White FRS
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 6
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: "Faith and Neuroscience"
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Harvey T. McMahon: "The Brain, Free Will and Determinism"
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time
2.30 pmProf. John Wyatt: "Human Identity in an Age of Intelligent Machines"
3.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.45 pmTea Break
4.30 pmSmall Groups
5.15 pmDr Joseph Tennant, Dr Beth Singler: "Religious Experience and the Brain" "Artificial Intelligence in Science Fiction"
7.00 pmReception and Gala Dinner
Friday July 7
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amProf. Paul Shellard: "Some Reflections on the Big Bang"
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Jonathan Moo: "The ecological vision of the Christian Scriptures"
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmDr Alexander Massmann: "Human embryonic gene editing: Scientific, ethical and theological implications"
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.45 pmShort Break
3.00 pmDr Amanda Ogilvy Stuart: "Ethics at the Start of Life"
3.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.15 pmClosing address and farewells
4.30 pmTea, Cakes, Depart