Christians in Science

Southern Conference 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 – Philoponus’ Defence of Ancient Astronomy against Christian Critics
  • 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

Speaker Bios are available here or to print PDF click here

Speaker Abstracts are available here or to print PDF click here

Day’s programme is listed below or to print PDF click here

Registration is via Eventbrite (NB Online registration closes at 5pm Friday 20th Oct but you can pay on the day, but cash only please.) There are a number of registration options as listed below.

CiS standard member £35
Non CiS standard member £45
Free Ticket – If you have joined CiS since Nov 2016, you can attend your 1st CiS one day conference free of charge. To take up this offer please contact Mary on maryb.cis@outlook.com Free
CiS student member £6
Non CiS student member £12
 Donation (Thank you for supporting CiS)

Programme:

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 – Philoponus’ Defence of Ancient Astronomy against Christian Critics
11:50       Tea or coffee
12:10       Pete Jordan – Attitudes toward Curiosity in the Early Modern Era
12:50       Jennifer Wiseman – A Curious Cosmos?

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

FAQs

Travel Bursaries
A few travel bursaries are available for students travelling more than 50 miles to Oxford. Please contact Emily, the CiS Development Officer (emily.sturgess.cis@gmail.com) 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
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 maryb.cis@outlook.com. 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 maryb.cis@outlook.com by 12 noon Thursday 19th October so we can confirm numbers with the restaurant. (We have a few extra spaces – please let Mary know on the day)

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on maryb.cis@outlook.com

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 maryb.cis@outlook.com