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International Conference on Islam and Science - Istanbul Declaration

The Muslim World Science Initiative (Muslim-Science.Com) proudly announces the launch of the report of the Task Force on Islam and Science.

The Launch Event was organised under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint El-Hassan of Jordan, the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan on Thursday 5 May 2016.

"Muslim Perspectives on Science's Big Questions" - The International Conference on Islam and Science was co-hosted by Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) and the UN-ESCWA Technology Center/ Amman (ETC) on 5 May 2016.

The Report may be downloaded for free at:

Science and Religion in Society Research Group at Newman University, Birmingham UK

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, at the Newman University in Birmingham, has been awarded funding by the Templeton Religion Trust to establish a research group to examine the relationship between science and religion in society. The project is established in partnership with Professor Bernard Lightman of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Canada; Dr Carola Leicht of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, in the School of Psychology, University of Kent, UK; and the National Life Stories programme at the British Library.

The project, which will run until November 2017, seeks to develop research in key topics including the public reception of evolutionary science, science education in faith schools, new atheism and creationism, and engagement with science by faith communities and faith groups in the UK.

More information is available from the Science and Religion Exploring the Spectrum website.

Arthur Peacocke Student Essay Prize Call

The Arthur Peacocke Student Essay Prize is offered by the Science and Religion Forum, the prize was established in memory of the Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, founding President and former Chairman of the Forum. The theme for the competition is 'Science and Religion: Celebrating the Dialogue and Exploring the Future'.

The (extended) deadline for submissions is 31 July 2015.

For information, see the Forum's website.

'Bridging the Two Cultures' Seminars

Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) is hosting a series of summer seminars aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills in science and religion for 25 early- to mid-career faculty members from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Those attending the seminars will receive a stipend each summer to support their work.

Seminars will take place in Oxford during 5 July to 1 August 2015 and 3 July to 30 July 2016.

The project is supported with a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.

More information is available from the Bridging the Two Cultures website.

ESSSAT Prize Competition Annoucement

The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology has announced two prizes open for competition between scholars working in Europe. Topics may be any aspect of the interface between religion/theology and the natural sciences.

One prize, the 'ESSSAT Research Prize' will be awarded for an outstanding original contribution at a postgraduate or doctoral level, submitted to the ESSSAT Secretary by October 31st 2015. A second prize, the 'ESSSAT Student Prize' will be awarded for an essay written in an academic context at graduate or undergraduate level, submitted to the ESSSAT Secretary by January 15th 2016.

More information is available from the ESSSAT website.

AAAS Awards 'Science for Seminaries' Grants

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded grants to ten Christian seminaries in the USA for pilot programs integrating science into core theological curricula. The program will see each school developing teaching which brings science into the core of seminary theological education, and this will be complemented by campus-wide activities related to the courses.

An annoucement in October 2014, identified the following institutions as award recipients:
Andover Newton Theological School - Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Catholic University of America - Washington, D.C.
Columbia Theological Seminary - Decatur, Georgia
Concordia Seminary - St. Louis, Missouri
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg - Pennsylvania
Howard University School of Divinity - Washington, D.C.
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University - Berkeley, California
Multnomah Biblical Seminary - Portland, Oregon
Regent University School of Divinity - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Wake Forest University School of Divinity - Winston-Salem, N.C.

Resources are to be archived on the ScienceForSeminaries website.

The project is supported with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

More information is available from the AAAS website.

Leverhulme Trust 'Science, Religion, and the Making of Publics in the UK and US' project

Dr Alexander Smith, Senior Leverhulme Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in Sociology at Warwick University UK, as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kansas University USA, is leading a project entitled 'Science, Religion, and the Making of Publics in the UK and US' supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

The project's aims include studying how scientists and scientific knowledge are entangled in the framing of established political problems and the making of new political controversies, the way in which the conduct and findings of scientific research are challenged by various publics and how they are defended, and how controversies around science and technology are creating new democratic spaces, governance challenges and forms of public participation.

The project is supported until April 2016 as part of the larger Making Science Public project funded by the Trust and led by Nottingham University, UK.

Database of Science and Islam Videos

Professor Salman Hameed at Hampshire College MA, USA, has been awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to create a website that will evaluate the content of videos on Islam and science that are available online. The project begain in July 2014 and is funded for one year, it will catalogue and serve as a repository for available videos on the project's theme, and it is intended that it will be continuously updated.

See the College's report for more information.




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