Nominations for the Christians in Science Oliver Barclay Lecture 2023

Nominations for the Christians in Science Oliver Barclay Lecture 2023

Nominations are open –

Christians in Science sponsors an annual “Oliver Barclay Lecture” in memory of Dr Oliver Barclay who was the driving force behind the establishment of The Research Scientists Christian Fellowship, the predecessor of CiS, and who was keen to encourage the next generation of effective communicators on Science and Faith.

The lecture is awarded to a promising young individual, usually under the age of 35, who has demonstrated an ability to communicate effectively on issues relating to Science and Faith. The chosen individual, who will normally be an active UK-based scientist, will present a short lecture on the topic of their choice at the annual Autumn Conference. We hope they will also present their lecture the following year, at the Connect and Spring Conferences. He/she will receive travel expenses for each conference where they give the lecture, and one honorarium equivalent in value to that given to other established conference speakers.

CiS members are invited to nominate an early career scientist for the annual award with a closing date of midnight 31st March 2023.

Nomination Criteria

  • Prior to submission, the nominator should ensure that the nominee is available to attend the CiS Autumn Conference (usually during October or early in November). If circumstances prevent an in-person conference, the lecture will be pre-recorded.
  • Nominations should include:-
    • The nomination letter including the reasons why you are nominating this candidate.
    • An up to date curriculum vitae of the nominee.
    • Details of two more referees who will support the application. A nominator can also be a referee.
    • A video of the nominee, speaking for five minutes on a Science and Religion topic of the nominee’s choice. Due to the probable size of the video, please send either an unlisted YouTube link or a via a file-sharing site such as or similar to Dropbox or Google Drive. (The total length of the video should not be longer than five minutes)
  • The nominator must also ensure that two referees will send an assessment of the candidate’s suitability for the award by 14th April 2023. A nominator can also be a referee.
  • Nominees can self-nominate themselves, but must ensure that assessments from two other named referees are sent in support of their application by 14th April.

Nominations or any requests for further information, should be sent to both Gavin Merrifield (CiS General Secretary) and Mary Browett (CiS Executive Officer) (

Nominations will be considered in April by a selection committee appointed by the CiS Executive Committee, and a recommendation made to the Trustees.