Christians in Science host lectures in Belfast

Tuesday November 10th 2009

The Committee of Christians in Science Ireland is hosting two public lectures to be held in Belfast during November.
Prof Dame Ingrid Allen (School of Biology & Biochemistry, Queen's University, Belfast) will address the topic of Neuroscience and Religion at 7.30 pm on November 16 at the Common Grounds Café, Belfast
Professor Allen was Professor of Neuropathology at the Queen's University from 1979 to 1997, a role in which she gained an international reputation for her research in infections of the nervous system and Multiple Sclerosis.  A member of many national and international medical and professional associations, she is the winner of numerous awards and the author of more than 200 publications. She has delivered invited lectures throughout the world and held visiting professorships in India, Singapore, Chicago, Maryland, Malaysia and Bosnia. 

As the first Director for Research and Development for the Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland she was responsible for developing the research strategy ‘Research for Health and Wellbeing,’ published in 1999.

A former Deputy Lieutenant of Belfast, she is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a member of Christians in Science.
The Historical Darwin is the topic of a lecture by Prof Peter Bowler (School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast) to take place on November 30  at 7.30 pm, in the University Road Moravian Church, Belfast

Professor Peter Bowler is Professor of the History of Science at Queen's University, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences. He was President of the British Society for the History of Science 2004-6.

Prof Bowler's research interests include the development and implications of Darwinism, the history of the environmental sciences, science and religion (especially in the twentieth century) and popular science writing.

His publications include: (With I.R. Morus) Making modern science: a historical survey (Chicago, 2005), 'The spectre of Darwinism: popular images of Darwinism in early twentieth-century Britain' in A. Lustig, R.J. Richards and M. Rose (eds), Darwinian heresies (Cambridge, 2004), Evolution: the history of an idea (3rd ed., California, 2003), Reconciling science and religion: the debate in early twentieth-century Britain (Chicago, 2001), Life’s splendid drama: evolutionary biology and the reconstruction of life’s ancestry, 1860–1940 (Chicago, 1996) and Charles Darwin: the man and his influence (Cambridge, 1996).

Admission to these lectures is free, but places must be reserved in advance. Please contact Dr Scott Peddie, on 028 9448 7669 or email

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