Natural Sciences Stream

Including all disciplines that are part of MPLS (Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division at the University of Oxford) and Medical Sciences

The Natural Sciences and Christianity (Friday afternoon)

Artificial Intelligence (Saturday)

Fri 15 Mar (half-day from 12:30 pm) and Sat 16 March (all day) 2019

New College, Holywell Street, Oxford

Senior convener: Ard Louis (Theoretical Physics)

How can postgraduates, postdocs, and academics at the University of Oxford approach the natural sciences as Christians? What does it mean to respond to a Christian vocation and to honour God in university life?

The Natural Sciences Stream includes talks on science and Christian faith including a panel of Christian academics on Friday afternoon. On Saturday the focus will be on artificial intelligence with talks by Lionel Tarassenko (Head of Engineering), Nigel Crook (Head of Computer Science, Oxford Brookes), Andrew Briggs (Prof. of Nanomaterials), Stuart Judge (Neuroscience) and other experts.

The Natural Sciences Stream includes all MPLS disciplines and welcomes those in the Medical Sciences. It is one of four disciplinary streams that make up Seeking Wisdom, the spring conference of Developing a Christian Mind. Past attendees are encouraged to come, listen to new talks, and take part in discussion with new attendees.

Eventbrite - Seeking Wisdom: Discipline Streams Conference 2019

Please note eligibility criteria: This event is for University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes postgraduates, postdocs, and academic staff, or by request to

Friday 15th March

12:30 p.m. Registration begins at New College in the North Undercroft

1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Hall

2:00 pm Introduction to Evolution and Christian Faith - Ard Louis (Theoretical Physics)

3:30 pm Coffee & tea

4:00 pm Panel of Christian scientists with Katherine Blundell (Astrophysics), Stephen Blundell (Condensed Matter Physics, Kezia Gaitskell (Histopathology), and Stuart Judge (Neuroscience)

The following events are joint with all streams at New College.

5:30 pm Prayer in the Chapel

6:00 pm Drinks at the Bar

6:45 pm Dinner in the Hall

Saturday 16th March

Artificial Intelligence

9:00 am Registration in the North Undercroft with coffee & tea

9:15 am Prayer at New College Chapel

9:45 am Lionel Tarassenko (Head of Engineering)

11:10 am Coffee & tea

11:30 am Andrew Briggs (Prof. of Nanomaterials)

1:00 pm Lunch at New College

2:00 pm Can robots be moral machines? - Nigel Crook (Head of Computer Science, Oxford Brookes)

3:30 pm Coffee & tea

4:00 pm Nothing but a pack of neurons? - Stuart Judge (Neuroscience)

5:30 pm Closing