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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 8 - August 2006

If you happen to live anywhere near the University of East Anglia, then you might be interested in an event that is being sponsored by the Faraday Institute as part of the British Association Festival of Science being held at Norwich. The event is a Panel on ‘Science and Religion – the Contemporary Debate’ to be chaired by Prof. John Durant, Head of the MIT Museum in Boston, and the panel members are Prof. Derek Burke (formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia), Prof. Bob White FRS (Cambridge), Prof. John Bryant (Exeter), Dr Ard Louis (Oxford) and Dr Denis Alexander (Cambridge). Most of the time will be spent in fielding questions from the audience. The event will be on Tuesday, 5 September (very soon!), at 2.0 p.m. in EFRY 01.08, Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia. Further details of the BA Meeting are at: There will also be a live webcast held in the morning that will feature some of the panel members.

If you like accessing lectures and seminars on-line, then you may be interested to know that our Marketing and Events Manager, Bekki Pearce, has been busy during the summer months posting video and audio recordings of the presentations by many of our Faraday speakers at: Multimedia.php, and there are already 75 talks up on the site in various formats with many more to come. As always, some people find it more convenient to collect the lectures in CD or DVD formats, and these are available at £3 or £5 each, respectively, simply by e-mailing Bekki Pearce at

If you hurry there might still be space on our next weekend Course to be held later this month on 'Science, Faith and Society' which will be held at Westminster College, Cambridge from 22-24 September (see for details and application form).

We are also looking forward to our first Faraday Course especially organised for Church Leaders and this will be held 7-9th November at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Speakers include: Revd. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS (Relating science and religion); Dr Gordon Wenham (Interpreting Genesis); Revd Margot Hodson (Environment); Dr Graeme Finlay (Genetics & the Image of God, Creation and Evolution); Professor Bill Newsome (Faith in an Age of Science: the Challenge of the Neurosciences); and Prof. Colin Humphreys FIM FinstP (Astronomy and the Date of the Crucifixion). Registration as usual is up at

Over the next couple of months we will be generating a poster that will give details for all our 6 Courses planned for 2007, and already the January Course is open for registration and the first applications are being received.

One feature of our Courses is the bursaries that enable delegates to come from many other countries, and one of the conditions of receiving a bursary is that recipients then carry out various writing and speaking projects in their own countries. The achievement of some of our bursary recipients has already been remarkable. For example, a delegate who came from Iran for our very first Course has written and lectured extensively since his return about the Faraday programmes to his professorial colleagues. His particular interests in teleological explanation and creation ex nihilo have also taken him to a workshop at the Vatican Observatory and he is interested in getting key papers from the Faraday Institute translated into Persian. If you know of people who might value one of the competitive Faraday bursaries, then please do direct them towards our web-site.

Best wishes

Denis Alexander [Director, Faraday Institute]

Bob White [Associate Director]