2018 Southern Conference – Being Human in an Age of Machines

2018 Southern Conference

Being Human in an Age of Machines 

10th November 2018

Starts 09:45 and Finishes 17:00



**   Prof John Wyatt – What it means to be human
**   Prof Peter Robinson – Machines in the image of man
**   Rev Dr Justin Tomkins – Living with aspiration in an age of Human Enhancement
**   Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft  – closing reflection
and Dr Nick Higgs – Oliver Barclay lecture 2018

Including 2 work shops:-

The evolution of technology – “Can we be optimistic about the future of technology?”

and “Faith in the Lab

Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Road, Bristol, BS6 7HE

To book

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the conference, please come along to Redland Church Hall on the day to register and pay on the door. Thank you!

Fees –

CiS standard member£35
Non CiS member£45
CiS student member£6
Non CiS student member£12
New CiS Membersfree (NB If you have joined CiS since Nov 2017, you can attend your first CiS one day conference free of charge. To take up this offer please contact Mary – [email protected])

Promotional flyers –

PDF – landscape and portrait
Jpeg – landscape and portrait

Day’s programme


(NB a couple of speakers have changed their headings since the original listing)

REGISTRATIONS: There are a number of registration options – on Eventbrite  please select from CiS members, non-members, students, etc including making a donation to CiS.

Please Note: If you have joined CiS since Nov 2017, you can attend your 1st CiS one day conference free of charge. To take up this offer please contact Mary on [email protected]


What should I bring to the event?

Please bring your own lunch to the venue. Coffee and tea will be available during breaks and water available all day.

Student Travel Bursaries

A few travel bursaries are available for students travelling more than 50 miles to Bristol. Please contact the CiS Development Officer for details before booking (please see contact page .)


To view or print the bios please click here


To view or print Speaker abstracts – click here for pdf

Transport and parking options

Public Transport

There are bus stops on Redland Road a couple of minutes’ walk from the church.

The 9 (Temple Meads Station, Cotham, Redland, Clifton) leave every 30 min but you can also take the 72 bus (Broadmead, Redland, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue, UWE) that stops at Redland Station. This leaves every 30 min, but 15 min after the 9.

From Temple Meads station you can also get the No 1 and No 2 bus to Blackboy Hill from where it is only a 5-10 min walk to the church hall. These leave more regularly and it is about a 25min journey.

The 505 stops on Redland Hill and runs between Southmead and Long Ashton.

The 77 (Centre, Redland, Abbey Wood, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke) runs along Cranbrook Road, approximately ten minutes’ walk to the church.

Travelling to Bristol by Train – please check travel details as there are rail works on the conference weekend.

No trains will be running to Redland Station during the conference weekend.


There is plenty of on-street parking in the surrounding area, but you may have to walk a block or two. (There is one Blue Badge holders’ parking space on the road immediately outside the church.)

Taxis from Railway Stations

A taxi from Bristol Parkway should cost around £16 and from Bristol Temple Meads around £10, depending on traffic. If you would be happy to share a taxi with other people coming to the conference, please contact us with your time and place of arrival, and your mobile number & email, by 12 noon Thursday 8th November . We will then put you in touch with others with whom you might share. ([email protected])

After Conference Supper

We have booked a table for 6pm at Aqua restaurant, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2RF (Approx 10 min walk from the conference venue.) NB: You will need to pay for your own meal.

Please let Mary know whether you are coming by 12 noon Thursday 8th November [email protected]

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on [email protected]

What’s the refund policy?

Cancellations with a full refund may be made up to Friday 26th October. We regret that after this date, a refund will not be possible. Please contact Mary, the CiS Executive Officer on [email protected]