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Course bursaries for teachers

November 27, 2007

We are delighted to announce that the Hockerill Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to the Faraday Institute to fund

We are delighted to announce that the Hockerill Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to the Faraday Institute to fund bursaries for schoolteachers and trainee teachers from the UK or overseas to attend Faraday courses.† The†bursaries will cover travel costs, course fees and a book grant.† If you wish to apply for a Hockerill bursary, please go to the bursary application form for the course which interests you.††† For more information contact Faraday.Administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk

Vacancy - Second Research Assistant Post JP/NB

November 27, 2007

Research AssistantThe Faraday Institute, St Edmundís College, CambridgeA one-year position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday

Research Assistant
The Faraday Institute, St Edmundís College, Cambridge

A one-year position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmundís College, Cambridge. The job involves working alongside the Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS and Nicholas Beale to assist in research and writing involved in the completion of publication projects on science and faith.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in the science and religion field,† proven writing skills, knowledge and experience of the beliefs of the mainstream Christian churches, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). A strong background in philosophy would be beneficial. The salary will be in the range £21,682- £29,139 based on qualifications and previous experience, and the position is funded for one year in the first instance.
Further details may be obtained from Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk naming Position JP/NB. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicantís background and experience for this position. Applications should be submitted by 12th December 2007. Interviews will be held during the week before Christmas, with an expected start-date in January, 2008.

Death of Peter Lipton

November 26, 2007

It is with the deepest regret and sense of shock and loss that we announce the death of Professor Peter

It is with the deepest regret and sense of shock and loss that we announce the death of Professor Peter Lipton, Head of the History & Philosophy of Science Dept, Cambridge University, and Faraday Associate, who died suddenly of natural causes on the evening of Sunday 25 November 2007.

GOD OR MULTIVERSE? - a one day event on 24 November 2007

November 7, 2007

GOD OR MULTIVERSE?A ONE-DAY OPEN DIALOGUE HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL NETWORK9.30 AM - 5.30 PM SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER

GOD OR MULTIVERSE?

A ONE-DAY OPEN DIALOGUE HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL NETWORK

9.30 AM - 5.30 PM SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2007

HOWARD BUILDING, DOWNING COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PROF BERNARD CARR, PROF PETER COLES, REV DR
RODNEY HOLDER, SIR JOHN POLKINGHORNE, PROF KEITH WARD

FULL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE WEBSITE
http://www.scimednet.org/pdf/godormultiverse.pdf

COST £65 (INCLUDING COFFEE, TEA, LUNCH). ¬£20 FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS.
OTHER CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE.† ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

TEL 01608-652000, FAX 01608-652001, E-MAIL:info@scimednet.org

Vacancy, Research Assistant

October 22, 2007

Research Assistant,Church Science-Faith Resources ProjectThe Faraday Institute, St Edmundís College, CambridgeA position has become available for a Research Assistant at

Research Assistant,
Church Science-Faith Resources Project

The Faraday Institute, St Edmundís College, Cambridge

A position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmundís College, Cambridge. The job involves assisting the manager of a project developing science-faith materials for churches. The job will involve research for film, print and web-based materials, writing, trial of materials, and some general administration. The position will involve some travel.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of the beliefs and culture of the mainstream Christian churches, will have an interest in the interactions between science and faith, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). Some background in theology would be beneficial. The salary will be in the range £21,682- £27,466 based on qualifications and previous experience, and the position is funded for two years.

Further details may be obtained from Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicantís background and experience for this position. Applications should be submitted by 21st November 2007. Interviews will be held in late November/early December, with an expected start-date of 7th January, 2008.

Science and Religion for Church Leaders - some places still available

September 3, 2007

There are still some spaces remaining on Short Course 8: Science and Religion for Church Leaders, taking place in Cambridge

There are still some spaces remaining on Short Course 8: Science and Religion for Church Leaders, taking place in Cambridge at St Edmund's College and New Hall from 6 - 8 November 2007. The course is suitable for anyone in a church leadership role, including those training for ministry.

Topics covered include the Big Bang, Evolution, Bioethics and the Environment. Speakers include Dr Gordon Wenham, Rt Revd James Jones, Prof. John Bryant and Dr Allan Chapman.

Further details on the course page. Apply now. Deadline for applications: Tuesday 9th October.

Job Vacancy

August 17, 2007

Part-Time AdministratorThe Faraday Institute, St. Edmundís College, CambridgeA position has become available for a part-time Administrator (40-50%) at the Faraday

Part-Time Administrator

The Faraday Institute, St. Edmundís College, Cambridge

A position has become available for a part-time Administrator (40-50%) at the Faraday Institute, St. Edmundís College, Cambridge. The job involves assisting the director of an outreach programme in science and religion activities. The job will involve literature surveys, filing, correspondence, and other secretarial duties. Efficiency, attention to detail, IT and computing skills, and ability to meet dead-lines will be important qualities of the successful candidate, who will be familiar with the usual administrative computing tools, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org).

The post is available immediately and will be for one year in the first instance. The salary will be in the range £16,100-£19,264 (pro-rata) based on qualifications and previous experience.

Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicantís background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmundís College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk], by 31st August 2007. Interviews will be held in September with an expected start-date of 1st October.

New resource - Faraday papers to buy

June 26, 2007

Faraday Papers are now available to buy in multiples of 10 from the online shop. Prices are £1.50 for a

Faraday Papers are now available to buy in multiples of 10 from the online shop. Prices are £1.50 for a pack of 10 copies. There is also the option to order a pack of 13 papers (1 of each) for £2 per pack.

The Faraday papers are designed to provide the general reader with accessible and readable introductions to the relationship between science and religion. Written by a broad range of authors who are expert in the field, they are ideal starting points for group discussion.

Titles currently available include:
Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: 'The Science and Religion Debate - An Introduction'.
Dr Denis Alexander: 'Models for Relating Science and Religion'
Revd Dr Ernest Lucas: 'Interpreting Genesis in the 21st Century'
Prof. Alister McGrath: 'Has Science Killed God?'

Honours for Faraday Advisory Board Members

June 20, 2007

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Sir Brian Heap FRS, Chairman of our Advisory Board, for his Honorary degree of

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Sir Brian Heap FRS, Chairman of our Advisory Board, for his Honorary degree of Doctor of Science bestowed by St. Andrew's University this week, and also Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell FRS, a member of the Advisory Board, for recently being awarded the DBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours Awards.

Vacancy - Public Relations and Media INTERN

June 12, 2007

A position has become available for a Public Relations and Media Intern. The successful candidate will be a graduate

A position has become available for a Public Relations and Media Intern. The successful candidate will be a graduate in anthropology, sociology, or theology, with administration and good communication skills, who will assist the director of an outreach programme in science and religion activities in Cambridge. An interest in the science and religion debate is crucial, as well as a good knowledge of how the debate is played out in the media. The successful candidate will be required to work alongside, and to understudy, the director in promoting coverage of science and religion issues in print journalism, book publishing, TV and radio broadcasting. Good research skills and an aptitude for dealing with authors and editors are essential.

The post is available immediately and will be for one year in the first instance. The salary will be in the range £20,842-£27,193 based on qualifications and previous experience.

Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicantís background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmundís College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk], by 12th July 2007. Interviews will be held in July.

Summer Course Unit 1 - some places still available

June 12, 2007

There are still some spaces remaining on Unit 1 of this year's Faraday Institute Summer Course, taking place at St

There are still some spaces remaining on Unit 1 of this year's Faraday Institute Summer Course, taking place at St Edmund's College Cambridge from 20 - 26 July. Topics covered under the theme of 'Science, Humanity and Religion' include the Big Bang and Cosmology, Scientists' problems with Religion, Bioethics and the Environment. Speakers include Prof. Roger Trigg, Prof. Calvin DeWitt, Prof. David Cook, Prof. Alan Padgett, Revd Dr David Wilkinson, Revd Dr Michael Banner, and†Prof. John Bryant.

Further details on the Unit 1 course page. Apply now.

Job Vacancy - Marketing and Events Manager

May 21, 2007

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at St. Edmundís College, Cambridge, wishes to appoint a Marketing and Events

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at St. Edmundís College, Cambridge, wishes to appoint a Marketing and Events Manager. The Manager will spend about half their time in Marketing the journal Science & Christian Belief, together with Institute outputs, and the other half in the promotion and organisation of the Instituteís activities, which include short-term courses, lectures and seminars, including filming and editing Institute events for the web-site (see the Multimedia folder at www.faraday-institute.org). The position will involve some travel.

The post will become available in early September 2007 and will be for one year in the first instance. The successful candidate will have significant experience in marketing and an aptitude for events management, will have an interest in the interactions between science and faith, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute. The salary will be in the range £23,692-£32,796 based on qualifications and previous experience.

Further details may be obtained from the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, at ps400@cam.ac.uk. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicantís background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: Dr. Denis Alexander, St. Edmundís College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK, by 4th June 2007.

Faraday Papers available for download

April 4, 2007

The first set of Faraday Papers are now available for download from the Faraday Papers page. The Faraday Papers provide

The first set of Faraday Papers are now available for download from the Faraday Papers page. The Faraday Papers provide the general reader with accessible and readable introductions to the relationship between science and religion, written by a broad range of authors who are expert in the field, including Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS, Prof. Sir John Houghton FRS and Prof. Alister McGrath. Further papers will be added as they appear.

Faraday Papers are provided for free download and may be copied and reproduced freely for educational and non-profit purposes only. Paper copies will soon be available for purchase from the online shop.

15 May 2007CiS-Faraday Lecture "Can a Scientist Believe the Resurrection?"

March 28, 2007

The Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham will give the next CiS-Faraday lecture, entitled Can a Scientist Believe

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The Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham will give the next CiS-Faraday lecture, entitled Can a Scientist Believe the Resurrection? on Tuesday 15 May at 5.30pm. The lecture will be held in the Babbage Theatre, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments and a bookstall will be available. All are welcome to attend this public lecture.

Science and Religion - the Contemporary Debate

March 8, 2007

A Panel on Science and Religion is being organised by the Faraday Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of

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A Panel on Science and Religion is being organised by the Faraday Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of Science Week. This will be held on Saturday, 17th March at 7.00 p.m. in Michaelhouse. Panel members will give very brief summaries of their particular perspectives on the discussion followed by an extensive time for discussion between audience and Panel. The panel members are:
Chair: Prof. John Durant (Director, MIT Museum, Boston, USA)
Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS (Cambridge)
Dr. Usama Hasan (Middlesex University, advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain on scientific matters)
Prof. Bob White FRS (Cambridge)
Prof. Colin Humphreys (Cambridge)
Dr. Denis Alexander (Cambridge)

Faraday Summer Course 2007

March 8, 2007

Applications are open for Faraday Institute Summer Course No. 2, held from 20 July to 2 August in St Edmund's

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Applications are open for Faraday Institute Summer Course No. 2, held from 20 July to 2 August in St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

The Summer course consists of 2 week-long units. Unit 1: Science, Humanity and Religion will cover topics including the rationality of science and religion, cosmology including the anthropic principle, ethical issues in the biosciences, and environmental concern. Unit 2: The Origins of Science and the Science of Origins will cover historical and philosophical perspectives, and issues raised by biology, including the theory of evolution, and by modern neuroscience.

The course speakers are experts in their field, drawn from across the world, including: Prof. John Hedley Brooke, Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS, Prof. David Cook, Prof. Peter Harrison, Prof. Ernan McMullin, Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS, Prof. Kenneth Miller, Prof. Bob White FRS.

Find out more on the Summer Course 2007 page.

Stem Cells: Playing God Again?

February 23, 2007

This term's CiS-Faraday lecture will be a debate on Stem Cells on 6th March at 5.30 pm in the Howard

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This term's CiS-Faraday lecture will be a debate on Stem Cells on 6th March at 5.30 pm in the Howard Building, Downing College.

Dr William Hurlbut from Stanford who is an advisor on bioethics to the US President will debate head-to-head with Sir Brian Heap (Cambridge, formerly Foreign Scretary of The Royal Society). This provides an excellent opportunity to engage with the US presidential view on such matters which tends to be so different from that enshrined in current UK legislation, and is timely in view of both UK and US current debate on this issue. The debate will be chaired by Prof. Sir Martin Evans FRS, who is Director of the School of Biosciences and Professor of Mammalian Genetics of Cardiff University. This will be an interactive discussion with ample opportunity for questions from the floor.

The discussion will be followed by refreshments with a bookstall available. All are welcome.

Seminars - new term, new venue

February 2, 2007

Tuesday 30 January saw the first seminar of 2007 in a new venue, the Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund's

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Tuesday 30 January saw the first seminar of 2007 in a new venue, the Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund's College. Over 60 people were there to hear Dr Simon Mitton, Fellow of St Edmund's, talk on 'A history of cosmologies and their religious contexts'.

If you missed the seminar, you can find audio and video recordings of this seminar and previous seminars, on the mutlimedia page.

The next seminar of 2007 will be on Tuesday 13 February at 1pm in the Garden Room. The speaker will be Prof. Wilson Poon of Edinburgh University and his subject will be "Science and the hiddenness of God'. All are welcome to the seminar and to the free buffet lunch, served from 12.30pm.

Lent Term Research Seminars - new venue

January 5, 2007

This term, the Faraday Research Seminars will move to their new venue, the Garden Room in the new St Edmund's

This term, the Faraday Research Seminars will move to their new venue, the Garden Room in the new St Edmund's Library Building. The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. There is a free buffet lunch before each seminar, available from 12.30pm in the Garden Room.

Details of this term's Faraday Institute Research seminars can be found by clicking on 'Seminars' in the sidebar. You will also find mp3 recordings of all previous seminars.

The first seminar of 2007 will be on Tuesday 30 January at 1.00pm. Dr Simon Mitton, Fellow of St Edmund's College, will give a talk entitled 'A history of cosmologies and their religious contexts'.