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Summer Course 14: Big Questions in Science and Faith

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: June 30 - July 5, 2019

Deadline for applications: May 14, 2019
Deadline for Bursary applications: March 29, 2019

Aim of Course

This course will explore topical questions in the field of Science and Faith and will include the following themes:
  • How do we know what we know?
  • Where have we come from?
  • Are we nothing more than…?
  • How does science respond to ethical challenges?
In addition on Wednesday 3rd July there will be a workshop on the theme of ‘Exploring and Communicating Big Questions in Science and Faith’ for early career scientists facilitated by
  • Ruth Bancewicz
  • Steph Bryant
  • Lizzie Henderson
  • Matt Pritchard
More information about the workshop is available here.
 
The cost of attending this course is as follows:
Full fee                                                 £710                                
Non-resident rate                              £300                           
Booking deposit: £100 
 
Student full fee:                               £350
Student non resident rate:               £150
Booking deposit: £50
 
Wednesday early career scientists day only
(For week-long delegates this is already included in the fee)
One night full residency                £150
Non-res                                            £ 50
Booking deposit: £20
 
Registrations for the Summer Course are now open.
 
Bursaries/Scholarships

A limited number of bursaries are available for the summer course to enable participants from low income countries to attend. Please see the bursaries/scholarships page.

NEW FOR 2019
Faraday Hong Kong Scholarship Fund
 
Thanks to kind donors from Hong Kong we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships from applicants in Hong Kong to attend the Sumer Course. Applications should be received before 29/03/2019. In this case scholarships cover the full travel, registration and accommodation costs of the Course. Applicants will be interviewed in Hong Kong. If you wish to apply for this fund, please use our standard bursary application form, and mention the Hong Kong Scholarship Fund.

 

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 June 30
5.00 pmArrival and Registration
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmWelcome and Introductions
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 1
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amProf. Peter Harrison: The role of Religion in the rise of modern science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Janet Soskice: Creation ex nihilo
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
3.00 pmProf. Dr Barbara Drossel: Where do the laws of Nature come from?
3.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.15 pmTea Break
4.45 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmMeet the Speaker - Prof. Peter Harrison
9.15 pmBar and informal discussion
Tuesday July 2
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amDr Althea Wilkinson: Cosmology talk
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Hugh Rollinson: The earliest Life on Earth
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmProf. Keith Fox: Evolutionary Genetics and Human Evolution
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.00 pmTea Break
3.45 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: Understanding origins: A biblical perspective
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmAudience Q&A: How do we relate human anthropology to biblical theology?
9.15 pmBar and informal discussion
Wednesday July 3
10.00 amDr Matt Pritchard: Communication Matters
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amShort Talks with plenary or group feedback
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmShort talks with questions
3.00 pmTea Break
3.30 pmGroup Discussion
4.30 pm Lizzie Henderson,  Steph Bryant: Grown up answers to children’s questions
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmEvening Presentation Matt Pritchard
Thursday July 4
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amDr Denis Alexander: Are we Slaves to Our Genes?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Stephanie Clarke: Is It All in the Brain?
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmDr Roger Bretherton: Is religious belief just a psychological crutch?
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.00 pmTea Break
3.45 pmProf. John Wyatt: Humans - Nothing more than machines?
7.00 pmReception & Gala Dinner
8.45 pmAfter Dinner Talk
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 5
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amRevd Dr John Weaver: Why care for the Environment?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Darren Evans: Why care about conservation?
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmDr Paul Fairchild: Ethical challenges surrounding stem cells and the reproductive technologies
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.45 pmShort Break
3.00 pmProf. Katharine Hayhoe: Should we worry about Climate Change?
3.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.15 pmClosing remarks
4.30 pmTea and Cakes and Depart