Bristol – Science as a Christian vocation


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Christ Church Clifton
Clifton Down Rd, Bristol , BS8 3BN
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Professor Andrew Halestrap

Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol 
Location: Christ Church Clifton, BS8 3BN which is served by both the No 8 and 505 bus services.

Starts with tea and coffee at 7pm
Talk starts at 7.30pm

In the first part of the lecture Andrew will talk about his own personal story as a Christian and a Scientist.  He will briefly outline how he sees the relationship between his science and his faith and then talk a little about his own research.  In the second part, he will take a broader look at how Science can be a Christian vocation.  He will ask whether there is anything distinctive about being a Christian in Science and suggest what opportunities it provides to serve God in the world and the church.  These include: challenging the pervasive atheism in science and especially the media portrayal of this; helping Christians to appreciate how science reveals more of God’s glory and is a friend and not a threat to faith; acting as stewards of God’s world by applying scientific knowledge to the care of creation and human welfare; upholding Christian values in the public arena when addressing the implications of scientific discoveries; being Christ’s ambassadors in the scientific workplace.

Professor Andrew HALESTRAP
Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University.    He obtained his first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge in 1970 before moving to Bristol to study for his PhD and subsequently joined the academic staff. In that capacity he ran a large research group and several teaching programmes. He has published more than 200 original research papers and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008.  In 2010 he was awarded the Keilin Memorial Lecture and Medal of The Biochemical Society.  Andrew has served in various leadership and teaching roles in the church and academia including being a past Chair of the British Heart Foundation Project Grants Committee and the Bristol Heart Institute.  His research interests include how lactic acid crosses cell membranes and the role of mitochondria in the healthy and diseased heart.  Until recently he was the National Chair of Christians in Science ( and he is passionate about helping people to see how Science is a friend and not an enemy of the Christian Faith.