Christians in Science

Southern 2017

The Penultimate Curiosity

How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions

Saturday 21st October 2017, The King’s Centre, Oxford, OX2 0ES.

Local and International Speakers:

  • Andrew BriggsIntroduction to The Penultimate Curiosity
  • Pablo de Felipe – Curiosity in the Early Christian Era
  • Pete Jordan – Attitudes toward Curiosity in the Early Modern Era
  • Jennifer Wiseman – A Curious Cosmos
  • Roger Wagner – Closing Reflection
  • and featuring the Oliver Barclay Lecture winner 2017 Jona FosterReigniting the chemistry between Science and Faith

Registration available on Eventbrite


09:45       Registration and Tea or Coffee
10:20       Chairman’s Welcome, opening hymn and prayer
10:30       Andrew Briggs – Introduction to The Penultimate Curiosity
11:10        Pablo de Felipe – Curiosity in the Early Christian Era
11:50       Tea or coffee
12:10       Pete Jordan – Attitudes toward Curiosity in the Early Modern Era
12:50       Jennifer Wiseman – Why does curiosity matter?

13:30       LUNCH BREAK

14:20       Annual Members’ Meeting
14:40       Oliver Barclay lecture – Jona Foster – Reigniting the chemistry between Science and Faith
15:10       Keith Fox – Faith and the work place
15:20       Discussion groups – 1st session
16:00       Tea or coffee
16:20       Discussion groups – 2nd session
17:00       Roger Wagner – Closing Reflection
17:20       Closing hymn & prayer
17:30       Depart

Print – PDF of Programme

Print – PDF of flyer


Travel Bursaries
A few travel bursaries are available for students travelling more than 50 miles to Oxford. Please contact Emily, the CiS Development Officer ( for details before booking.

What should I bring to the event?
If you haven’t pre-paid for your sandwich lunch pack, you may prefer to bring your lunch with you, as it can be a 10min walk to local outlets.

Coffee and tea will be available during breaks and water available all day. An optional sandwich lunch pack is available for an additional £9.00 (A choice of sandwich filling – Chicken, fish or vegetarian, plus a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit, and a homemade tray bake or chocolate bar and bottled water) NB this is only available if booked before Wednesday 4th October. Otherwise, please bring your own lunch.

Abstracts will be emailed to registrants in October.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Public transport is available nearby (Oxford Rail Station and local bus services). Limited onsite parking is available, this is mainly reserved for disabled passengers/drivers. If parking is required, please contact the CiS Executive Officer on No parking space in guaranteed unless confirmed by the Executive Officer. (You will need to supply car details etc before confirmation of space.)

Informal supper
There will be an informal supper (Pay Your Own) for those who can stay on, at a local restaurant, about 6.30 pm. If you would like to come, please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on by 12 noon Thursday 19th October so we can confirm numbers with the restaurant.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on

What’s the refund policy?
Cancellations with a full refund may be made up to October 4th. We regret that after this date, a refund will not be possible. Please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on