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Christians in Science

St Andrews

The University of St Andrews has both an undergraduate and a postgraduate CiS group. The undergraduate group meets up weekly during the semester and the postgraduate group meets up several times a semester to discuss the relationship between faith and science.

For more information about the undergraduate group, please contact Dr Andrew Torrance ( For more information about the postgraduate group, please contact Dr Rebecca Goss (

We also hold the high-profile series of James Gregory Public Lectures on Science and Christianity, in which world-class scholars come to St Andrews to present cutting-edge perspectives on the relationship of faith and science. For more information about these lectures (and for videos of past lectures), please visit For a list of future lectures, please visit

Upcoming events

Does Evolution Lead to Love?
Monday 7 October 2019
Speaker: Professor Jeff Schloss.
Jeff Schloss is professor of biology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. He graduated from Wheaton College and earned his doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology at Washington University. He joined the Westmont faculty in 1981.

His scholarship focuses on the fascinating relationships between biology and Christian faith. He holds visiting faculty appointments in several programs in the United States and abroad, serves on numerous international editorial and advisory boards related to science and religion, and writes and speaks widely on biology and faith.

Start: 17:15
Location: Main Physics Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews

Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and our Faith
Monday 16 March 2020

Speaker: Professor Katharine Hayhoe

Professor Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Centre at Texas Tech University. Katharine is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS research and has authored more than 120 publications. She wrote the book ‘A climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions’.

Her research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the region to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment.

She frequently gives public talks on climate science, impacts, communication, and faith. In 2014, Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people.

Start: 17:15
Location: Main Physics Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews



Previous talks

November 2018
Learning The Lessons of Quantum Mechanics
Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy

March 2018
Truth and Myth about Darwinism and Christianity
Prof John Hedley Brooke

October 2017
What Do Scientists Think about Religion?
Elaine Howard Ecklund

May 2017
Reflections on Christian-Muslim Relations
Prof Mona Siddiqui

February 2017
The Emergence of Life
Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS

November 2016
Theology, Spirituality and Hope: Reimagining Mental Health
Prof. John Swinton

April, 2016
Universe of Wonder, Universe of Life
Speaker: Dr Jennifer Wiseman Senior Physicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

March, 2016
Science and Faith: Conflict or Mutual Enrichment

Speaker: Alister McGrath