Dr Bruno Guiderdoni
Bruno Guiderdoni, PhD, is a Director of Research at the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of the University of Lyon (France). He is an expert in the theory of galaxy formation that provides the framework for understanding distant galaxies observed as they were in the first ages of the universe. He has also written more than 60 papers and book contributions on current issues in Islam. His main expertise encompasses issues such as Islamic spirituality and epistemology, science and religion, and reflection on the presence of Islam in the West. From 1993 to 1999, he was in charge of the TV show «Connaître l'Islam» («Knowing Islam») of the State Channel France 2. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Principal Investigator of an international Research Program on Science and Religion in Islam, with proceedings published in 2012. Among his invited lectures, he gave a “James Gregory Lecture on Science and Religion” at the University of St Andrews (UK), the “Paul Tillich Lecture” at the University of Harvard (USA), an “Islamic Civilisation Lecture” for the al-Waleed Centre of the University of Edinburgh (UK), a lecture at the Royal Palace of Rabat for the durus hassania of Ramadan (Morocco), and a 2016 Guest Contribution at the TheMuslim500.Com (Jordan). He also serves in the Boards of Advisors of several international institutions.