Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 111 - April 2015
April 2015 Newsletter No.111
'Talks at One'
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge April 14th, April 23rd and April 28th,
1 pm in the Clinical School The Faraday Institute has teamed up with
Christians at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge to run a short series of lunchtime
discussions. 'Talks at One' will give people who are unable to make it across Cambridge to the
Faraday lunchtime seminars an opportunity to hear from academics researching in the area of
science and religion. Speakers and topics are:
Tuesday 14th April Dr Roger Abbott,
'Suffering and Theology'
Thursday 23rd April Prof Bob White
FRS, 'Where is God in Natural Disasters?'
Tuesday 28th April Prof Alasdair Coles,
'Mind, Brain and God'
For more details please contact
God in the Lab
Ruth Bancewicz, Faraday's Senior Researcher,
will be launching her latest book, God in the
Lab: How Science Enhances Faith, at two
14th Talks at One, Dr Roger Abbott
17th God in the Lab,
22nd God in the Lab,
23rd Talks at One,
Prof Bob White
Seminar, Prof Rene
28th Talks at One,
Prof Alasdair Coles
7th May Public
Lecture, Prof Russell
12th May Research
Seminar, Prof Andrew
26th May Research
venues in April:
Oxford: Friday 17th April, with guest speaker
marine biologist Dr Robert Sluka
Sheffield: Wednesday 22nd April, with guest
speaker theoretical physicist Dr Rhoda Hawkins
For details of both events See Ruth's website
Seminar, Dr Neil
4th - 7th June
Faraday Course in
5th - 10th July
‘Science or Religion:
Do we have to
Spotlight On: Schools in Science Week
This month saw National Science Week (March 16-22) and the University of
Cambridge Science Festival (March 9-22) so our schools outreach team have been
busy organising events and visiting schools across Cambridge and further afield! We
teamed up with the University of Reading-based LASAR project (Learning About
Science And Religion) to present “Fossils and Faith” workshops as part of a full day
event for Year 6 students that explored a breadth of science subjects from refraction
and rainbows to dinosaurs and DNA as well as how those topics might interact with
We also took our fossil collection on tour, visiting several primary and secondary
schools around Cambridgeshire and even as far afield as Bolton! Students aged
from 7 to 18 got hands-on experience investigating, classifying and learning about a
range of fossils that give us snapshots of the history of life on Earth. In the same
session, they discovered some surprising facts about dinosaurs, our ancient
relatives, and about some of the people throughout history whose faith helped to
shape the way we do science today. From classrooms to cathedrals, our team
encouraged students to explore the breadth of scientific understanding and to think
about how science interacts with questioning in other areas such as ideas of
meaning, purpose and religious faith.
Our schools team are available to provide a variety of lessons, presentations and
workshops throughout the year. If you or any of your contacts would be interested in
booking a visit or discussing the possibilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at
6th form students classifying fossils at a Faraday
schools events. Both images used with permission.
Year 6 workshop on fossils
Faraday out and about in April
Over the coming month, Faraday staff will be taking part in a range of activities at
home and abroad:
Hilary Marlow will give a series of theological reflections on habitat and
environment at the A Rocha field study centre in Portugal during the first week
Roger Abbott will be speaking on the theme of suffering on 14th April at
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge in the first of a series entitled Talks at One.
Bob White will be talking to young people in Cambridge on the topic of ‘Hasn’t
Science Disproved God?’ He will also be giving one of the Addenbrooke's
Hospital Talks at One on 23rd April.
Lizzie Coyle will be leading various sessions for years 7 – 13 at Royal Russell
School in Croydon, including giving students the chance to get up close to
Faraday’s collection of fossils.
Let Newton Be! Over ninety school students and their teachers and 130 regular
theatre-goers thoroughly enjoyed the two performances of ‘Let Newton Be!’ that
Faraday commissioned as part of Cambridge Science Week. The question sessions
after the performances were engaging and thought-provoking. If you missed the
performance, copies of The Isaac Newton Guide Book, which includes the full text of
the play plus a DVD of its first performance, are available from the Faraday online
shop at the discounted price of £7.
March Short Course The recent Faraday Short Course ‘Big Questions in Science
and Religion’ was a lively and stimulating weekend. Over 30 delegates grappled with
some of the historical, philosophical and theological issues raised by science in an
atmosphere of friendly but intense debate. Videos of the lectures will be posted to
the University of Cambridge iTunesU site in the next few weeks. Our next course in
the UK is the annual Summer Course, 5th-10th July. Full details here
Would you like to organise a Faraday Day Course in your local area? We can
work with you to plan it and help with everything from booking speakers to providing
a bookstall. If so contact Faraday Course Director, Hilary Marlow on
Other March news …
Faraday Director in Australia Bob White gave two invited lectures in Geelong,
Australia at the biennial conference of The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an
Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST), a public lecture at Ridley College,
Melbourne and a keynote lecture at the conference on Rediscovering the Spiritual in
God's Creation run by the Graeme Clarke Research Institute in Adelaide, with whom
The Faraday Institute is partnered
Denis Alexander was interviewed for 90 minutes before a large crowd at the Hitchin
Christian Centre on the subject of creation and evolution.
Ruth Bancewicz has given a number of talks on her book God in the Lab: How
Science Enhances Faith (Monarch publishing) in both the UK and USA in March.
Next month there will be book launch events in Oxford and Sheffield. For details,
please see www.godinthelab.org.
Rodney Holder spoke at church meetings in Hereford and at a series of science and religion events in sherbourne School.