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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 65 - June 2011

The brief Cambridge term is already rushing by and the advent of the exam period means that the Faraday Research Seminar programme for this academic year has now finished. But other activities in London are coming up soon. Tickets are on sale for two forthcoming events at the Pentecost Festival in London. At 7.30pm on Wed 8th June neurologist Revd Dr Alasdair Coles will be speaking on ‘God and the Brain: What neuroscience can teach us about people and God’ ( At 7.00pm on Thursday 9th June, Revd Dr Rodney Holder will speak on 'God and the Multiverse: A response to Stephen Hawking'. Both events will be held at LICC, St Peter's, Vere Street, London, W1G 0DQ. Tickets are £6 (£4 concessions), and are available from Shop.php.

There are still some spaces at the Faraday Course in Belfast taking place later this month This exciting course includes talks by the eminent neuropathologist Professor Dame Ingrid Allen, broadcaster Dr William Crawley and historian of science Professor David Livingstone OBE FBA among others. It will also include a discussion in memory of the late Professor Ernan McMullin.

September’s Sustainability in Crisis conference ( is filling up steadily. The conference will consider the problems of the interlocking crises in climate change, environmental issues and resource shortages, and in particular the role of faiths in promoting action. Prominent speakers from across various disciplines and religions include Bill McKibben of, leading Islamic environmentalist Fazlun Khalid, professor of energy policy Paul Ekins and Elaine Storkey. Early booking discounts apply for full payment by 10th June.

The LASAR team have just published a paper exploring the questionnaire data gathered for their preliminary work into children’s thinking about science and religion entitled "To what extent do pupils perceive science to be inconsistent with religious faith? An exploratory survey of 13-14 year-old English pupils." It has been published in the June edition of Science Education International and
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There are still some places for the LASAR summer conference and so do please book if you would like to attend. The conference is called, ‘Science and Religious Education in Schools: New Possibilities' (25th June 2011). It will suit teachers and trainee teachers of science and religious education in primary and secondary schools. Join us to share ideas; hear from lead-researchers; ask questions of an expert panel and to network over a buffet lunch (which is included within the fee). Speakers include Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS, Prof. Mary James (Chair), Dr Keith Taber and Prof. Michael Reiss. The cost is £20 (£10 for students) and you can register now via the conferences section of the Faraday Institute’s website at Conference.php.Those who are able to attend the conference will have a preview of the new and smarter looking FaradaySchools website. Materials on the site include videos and lesson plans for RE and science lessons, for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Finishing touches to the site will be made during the summer for a launch in time for the autumn term.

This past month the Director gave the annual lecture on science and faith for the Diocese of Lincoln. The Course Director spoke on ‘God and the Multiverse: A Response to Stephen Hawking’ at a Christians in Science group meeting in Bristol. Test of Faith Project Leader Dr Ruth Bancewicz spoke at a school in Hackney, London, as part of the ‘Test of Faith: Live!’ events.

Denis Alexander  Bob White

[Director]              [Associate Director]