Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum
Why does the clash between science and religion persist in society and the media?
This panel discussion is part of a partnership between the BSA and the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum (SRES) project based at Newman University in Birmingham.
The project seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of public perceptions of the relationship between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ across all faiths and none. Surprisingly, although the relationship between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ is often talked about in the media, by public intellectuals, and in public space, very little research has been done that explores what people actually think about their own or others’ views on the relationship between science and religion, or by extension rationality, reason, and faith.
What will happen on the night?
6.30 – Doors open.
7.00 – Mingle/information session in which you will be able to talk with the panellists and write down questions for the discussion.
7.30 – Panel discussion.
9.00 – Close.
Emma Preece (Chair), Alexander Hall, Amy Unsworth, Eric Albone and Rev. Stig Graham.
Dr Emma Preece is a Cognitive Psychologist with extensive experience of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Higher Education. Emma is currently a Research Fellow at Newman University (Birmingham), where she is responsible for the polling and surveying work on the ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ project.
Dr Amy Unsworth is a Research Associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion where she studies attitudes to science and religion amongst Christians, Muslims and non-religious people, with a particular focus on creation and evolution. She previously worked in a lab as a molecular biologist and in the field of science communication.
Dr Alexander Hall is Associate Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society at Newman University (Birmingham). A historian of science by training Alex’s research is concerned with how historically scientists have communicated their research to the public. Currently Alex is researching how evolution and religion have been represented by the media during the second half of the twentieth-century.
Reverend Stig Graham has a degree in metallurgy and worked for many years in the steel industry before being ordained in 1999. Since 2002 he has been Chaplain at the Myrton Hospices, Coventry and Warwickshire. Stig is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.
Dr Eric Albone has a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford and subsequently worked in the US in the then emerging interdisciplinary field of mammalian chemical communication, which he continued at Bristol University working between the veterinary school and the school of chemistry. In the US he also worked with Margaret Mead and others in the early days of public engagement with science. Latterly he taught chemistry at Clifton College for 17 years during which time he set up Clifton Scientific Trust, a registered charity developing innovative ways of engaging young people in the world of science and technology, for which work he was made MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Awards in 2013. He is much involved with St Mary Redcliffe Church and has run its Journey into Science programme for many years. He is Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for his voluntary work with BSA over 30 years.
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