Speaker bios


Professor Tom McLeish, Durham University, England

Tom McLeish FRS is Professor of Physics at Durham University.  His research has contributed to the new field of ‘soft matter physics’ – his work with chemists, engineers and biologists connects molecular structure with emergent material properties. He has also led large academic-industrial collaborations. A strong interest in science policy and public engagement with science has drawn him to the potential for theological narratives to inform debates in science and technology, resulting in the recent book Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014). He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham (2008-2014) and is Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.  He has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993.


Dr Siew Fong Yap, Kingsway Christian College, Perth, Australia

Siew Fong Yap, PhD is the Head of Science at Kingsway Christian College, Perth, Western Australia. Her research interest is in the area of science pedagogy, bioethics and values education. She has reviewed and written several science resource books and textbooks including digital e-textbooks. She has also contributed to journal publications, conducted professional development workshops and presented papers at state, national and international science conferences. She is also the publishing consultant and contributing author for the newly released Oxford University Press Year 7 – 10 Science Texts (Western Australian Curriculum). ‘Science at the Movies – Remediating the Misconceptions’ is the latest addition to her writings on science pedagogy which includes `Classroom Teaching Strategies in Bioethics Education – Promoting Ethical Thinking and Reasoning in the Middle School Years.’


Dr Pablo de Felipe, SEUT School of Protestant Theology, Madrid

Pablo de Felipe graduated in 1994 in Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), where he gained a PhD in Molecular Biology in 2000. In 1999, he obtained a Secondary School Teaching Certificate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From 2001 to 2008 he became Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews investigating virology and biotechnology. Between 2008 and 2016, he was employed by the Spanish Ministry of Health as Quality Assessor for Biologics and Biotechnological Medicines, while organising the Centro de Ciencia y Fe in Madrid (www.cienciayfe.es). In April 2016, he took a leave of absence to become the first lecturer on Science and Faith at SEUT School of Protestant Theology (Federico Fliedner Foundation).

Since his youth he had a keen interest in science and faith relationships, with a particular bend to history. This interest led him to become in 2014 a PhD student of Classics at the University of Kent to study the historical origins of the science and faith conflict ideology. Another of his areas of interest is the creation/evolution debates. He has delivered talks, published books and articles and organised many activities on science and faith topics in Spain, and recently in Latin America.


Daniel Casado, Federico Fliedner Foundation, Madrid, Spain

Daniel Casado graduated in 1975 in Physical Sciences at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Since then, his life has been devoted to education for Secondary School students both, as a Science Teacher and as a part of the management team. He has worked at El Porvernir School, one of the two schools of the Federico Fliedner Foundation in Madrid (Spain). In 1980, he became Headteacher, a position he held until he retired in 2015.

Besides his educational activity, he has been an active member of the Spanish GBU (part of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, IFES) becoming a member of its committee in 1984 and Secretary in 2005.

His interest in science and faith issues has led him to study for many years the debates in this field. He has delivered talks at different universities and churches and written several popular articles directed to enhance the public understanding of science among Spanish Evangelicals, aiming to counter the perception of conflict between science and Christianity.


Dr Elisabetta Canetta, St Mary’s University, London, England

Elisabetta is a nanobiophysicist who studies the mechanical and biochemical properties of human living cells and tissues for applications in cancer and stem cells screening. She graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) with an MPhys in theoretical nuclear physics after which she did a PhD in Experimental Biophysics at the University of Grenoble (France). After gained her PhD, Elisabetta moved to the UK and held a series of postdocs at the University of Abertay Dundee, Surrey University and St Andrews University. In 2011 she obtained a lectureship in Biophotonics at the University of Cardiff. In 2013 Elisabetta moved to London and she is currently a senior lecturer in Applied Physics and Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) Applied Physics degree at St Mary’s University – Twickenham, London. Besides her scientific interests, Elisabetta has a very keen interest in the Physics and Faith interface and she is running a series of events to encourage people with a faith background or with no faith to engage with some of the big questions in physics, such as the origin of the universe and human consciousness. Elisabetta is also interested in the relationship between physics, faith and philosophy during Renaissance and the Enlightenment.


Dr Jostein Sæther, NLA University College, Bergen, Norway

Jostein Sæther is professor of education at NLA University College, Bergen, Norway. He is a former school teacher, and has graduated in biology and education. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of Oslo on the thesis Educational psychology in teacher education programs. Systematic outline. Analyses of textbooks, curricula documents and debates 1938-1974  (in Norwegian). His research focuses on the history of education sciences and on ideological aspects of science education, e.g. articles as, ‘The concept of ideology in analysis of fundamental questions in science education’ (2003) and ‘Moral and democratic education in the context of science education. What are the implications for teacher education?’ (2012).


Dr João Carlos Paiva, University of Porto, Portugal

João Carlos Paiva is Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department (Education), of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto – Portugal. His main professional interests are the pedagogical applications of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), particularly in Chemistry. He is the coordinator of the Chemistry and Society group in the Centre for Research in Chemistry of the University of Porto (CIQUP).


Dr Carla Morais, University of Porto, Portugal

Carla Morais is Assistant Professor and member of Science Teaching Unit of Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. She is also a member of the Centre for Research in Chemistry of the University of Porto (CIQUP) and responsible for the coordination in the specialization in Education of the Master in Multimedia of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Her main professional interest is educational technologies and chemistry education. Carla is the co-author of schoolbooks, scientific dissemination books and of educational software for chemistry and physics education.


Luciano Moreira, University of Porto, Portugal

Luciano Moreira was born in Porto in 1982. He studied at the University of Coimbra, where he got his degree in Psychology in 2005, and at the University of Porto, where he got his MSc in Psychology, in 2012. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Digital Media at the University of Porto (UT Austin | Portugal) with a grant. He teaches at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in the Master in Multimedia and in Projeto FEUP, a mandatory course for engineering freshmen. His areas of interest include representations and practices on digital media, technological and digital ecologies, science education, science outreach, and scientific research methods.


Dr Emily Dumler-Winckler, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Emily Dumler-Winckler is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame’s Centre for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing. She specializes in moral theology, with a particular interest in virtue, moral psychology, aesthetics, ascetic practices, politics, and social change in the modern era. Her research brings ancient and medieval thought to bear on modern and contemporary debates in religious ethics. Her dissertation, Modern Virtue: Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft and a Tradition of Dissent, challenges the narrative of the virtue’s modern demise by offering an account of modern virtue, specifically the virtues that perfect the practice of democratic social criticism. Her work with the Centre will explore the relationship between science and theology in modernity, with particular attention to how these disciplines have shaped our relationship to the natural world for better or worse.


Christina Easton, London School of Economics, England

Alongside 8 years teaching Religious Education in Secondary Schools, Christina has been involved in research focusing on a critical pedagogical approach to RE. As part of the Forum of Religious and Spiritual Education (based at King’s College London), Christina have led seminars on how to implement critical pedagogy, including presentation of a ‘Science and Religion’ scheme of work. She was Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Surbiton High School for several years, before taking up a Philosophy PhD scholarship at the London School of Economics in September 2015. Christina’s research looks at the difficulties that arise with setting out curricula in a multicultural, pluralist society and she is currently investigating whether justifications can be given for teaching values such as tolerance that are consistent with liberal aspirations for neutrality.


Cara Louise Daneel, Faraday Institute, Cambridge, England

Cara is a part time research assistant at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on a project which seeks to communicate the positive relationship between science and faith – particularly in biology. With the remaining time she works for various research projects within the University of Cambridge Zoology department. After receiving her marine biology and oceanography degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Cara has worked in conservation and education in a variety of countries; both in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Cara has a strong interest in the positive interactions between faith and science and also the endeavour to make these discussions and options more accessible and recognised in today’s communities.


Dr Kleio Akrivou, University of Reading, England and University of Navarra Institute of Enterprise and Humanism, Spain

Kleio Akrivou is Associate Professor in Business Ethics and Organisational Behaviour in the University of Reading, and Visiting Professor in the University of Navarra’s Institute of Enterprise and Humanism, in Spain. Kleio’s PhD specialised in Human Moral Development (USA, CWRU). Kleio’s research bridges moral psychology, sociology and descriptive ethics with normative virtue theories. She conceptualizes a moral psychology for virtue ethics, under the concept “inter-processual self (IPS)”.  She studies how this (IPS) kind of human self-integration differs from a principled one; being based on the unity of knowledge and action and its bases across philosophy and moral psychology. She studies implications of this integrity in various aspects of human life (governance, business/economy-society relation, adult (moral/emotional education).

Currently Kleio is the Lead Editor of the book (in press) “Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives” (E. Elgar) publications. Her other research outputs include articles in the Journal of Business Ethics, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics,  Frontiers of Neuroscience, the Leadership Quarterly, the Academy of Management Learning and Education, et cetera.

Kleio’s teaching is in International/Global Ethics, Corporate Responsibility and Research Methods. She is Editorial Board member of AMLE, and member of the International Society for Business Ethics, EBEN and AoM.


Jose Victor Oron, University of Reading, England and University of Navarra Institute of Enterprise and Humanism, Spain

Jose Victor Oron is a PhD candidate in philosophy. His thesis is entitled, “Foundation of emotional integration in adolescent development from neuropsychology and philosophy of Leonardo Polo”. He is a research associate in the Mind – Brain Group, of the Institute of Culture and Society, in the University of Navarra, Spain.  He is Coordinator and professor in Catholic University of Valencia for the degree of “university expert in education and health relevant to affective sexuality”.  Previous positions and academic affiliations: coordinator for the Piarist order of the Catholic. Church in secondary schools.  Jose Victor Oron has been involved in education teaching in secondary schools close to 15 years, so his central focus of interest is education. From 2012 he left the daily teaching type of this work to focus in educational research.  For this reason he  started a doctoral (PhD) degree in the University of Navarra. Jose Victor Oron holds previous degrees as a Civil Engineering and degrees in Philosophy and Theology. With this work he aims to contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue between neuroscience, philosophy and psychology.


cheethamThe Rt Revd Professor Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, London, England

Bishop Richard has responsibility for one of the most diverse areas in London and is also involved in exploring the relationship between religion and science. living well together in a context of many religious and secular world views, justice and poverty, the environment and  climate change.  He is Whitelands Professorial Fellow in Christian Theology and Contemporary Issues at the University of Roehampton, Honorary Research Fellow at King’s College London and has close connections with Kingston University.

Bishop Richard’s interest in science and theology began while he was studying Physics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and developed while he was a Physics teacher both at Eton and in a large comprehensive in North Yorkshire. He is co-leader of the national Templeton-funded project, “Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science”, and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Environment Working Group. His interest in truth claims extends to inter faith issues and he has been both Co-Chair and Anglican President of the UK’s Christian Muslim Forum.   He was also, for 12 years, Chair of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, supporting the work of 106 Church of England schools as well as chaplaincies in further and higher education.

www.bishoprichardcheetham.com


César J. Navarro, Latin America Education Society for Science and Faithcesar

I have a major in Chemistry from The University of Panamá and I have done research in the use of Mössbauer and infrared spectroscopy for the characterization of ferric tannates. I have taught physics, chemistry and science at middle and high schools students with Christian backgrounds for 12 years.

I also have major in Theology from The Central America Theological Seminary (SETECA) where I founded The Educational Latin America Society for Science and Faith (SELFYC), a society that promotes science education from a Christian perspective. I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Higher Education (Panamá) and another in Theology (Guatemala). I have previously researched science and faith in Latin America, the science and the Bible, and science and evangelicals. I have organized academic events in Guatemala to discuss science and religion issues with the participation of the Faraday Institute at St. Edmund’s College, local seminaries, churches and universities.

I am currently working on the relationship between culture, entrepreneurship, Christianity and the flourishing of science.


Nathan H. White, Durham University, England

Nathan H. White is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theology and Religion at St. John’s College, Durham University. Drawing insights both from theology and the social sciences, his research focuses on the role that narrative understandings of human identity play in aiding individuals to respond resiliently to adversity. In particular, he is interested in the ways that Paul Ricœur’s philosophy may facilitate mutual understanding and greater dialogue between theology and science. He has served as a chaplain in various contexts, providing spiritual care and counselling for many who faced significant trauma—experiences that led to his interest in viewing both theology and science as sources of insight into patient care. He holds a Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School (2008) and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (2004).


Dr Ben Trubody, University of Gloucestershire, UK

Dr Ben Trubody is a part-time lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Gloucestershire, a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education and a course developer and tutor for the Worker’s Education Association (WEA). Ben completed his Ph.D. at the University of Gloucestershire in 2014. His thesis was on the role and value philosophy can have on the public understanding of science. Prior to returning to higher education Ben also trained to be a RE teacher, with a BA and PGCE in theology and philosophy. His research interests and publications are wide ranging from phenomenology and existentialism to philosophy of science and expertise. He has written numerous journals and periodicals, such as the Journal of Philosophy of Education, as well as more mainstream outlets, such as Philosophy Now, where his latest article argued that the physicist Richard Feynman is an unrecognised philosopher of science.


Revd. Dr Roger Abbott, Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, University of Cambridge, U.K

Following over thirty years in pastoral church ministry he holds a Ph.D in a practical theology of major incidents in the U.K. He has worked on exploring the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon religious communities, with special reference to vulnerability and resilience, in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina, and he has also commenced a longitudinal study in the Philippines following the response to and recovery from super-typhoon Yolanda. He runs a consultancy in pastoral care of trauma, and he is a member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology. His passion is encouraging future generations in disaster risk reduction, thus preventing natural hazards from turning into the life changing and fatal disasters both science and theology show they need not become.


Dr Tuomas W. Manninen, Arizona State University – West, USA

Tuomas W. Manninen is a Senior Lecturer at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Arizona State University. He regularly teaches courses that address issues in social/political philosophy, metaphysics, science and religion, personal identity and critical thinking, with a particular focus on overlapping issues. He has recently contributed chapters both in Philosophy and Terry Pratchett and Stephen King and Philosophy, which showcase his interest in highlighting philosophical themes in popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007 from University of Iowa, where his dissertation focused on the social ontology of personhood.


Lizzie Henderson, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, UK

Lizzie Henderson is the Youth and Schools Outreach Officer and Children’s Media Project Coordinator at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge. She holds a degree from Cambridge University specialising in Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology, Geology and the History and Philosophy of Science. Lizzie is passionate about the communication and public understanding of the interactions of science and faith and regularly participates in formal and informal discussion of the science and faith dialogue. She has worked with children and young people for many years and regularly provides lessons, workshops and talks on science and faith for children, young people and students.


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Matt Bawden, QEGS Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK

Matt Bawden is Assistant Headteacher at QEGS Ashbourne, a non-selective comprehensive school in rural Derbyshire. He is a former Teacher-in-Residence at The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues. While there he co-led a national DfE project, involving over 30 schools, designing character education materials across 14 subjects. In 2015 he designed a tutorial system, winning a DfE Regional Character Award. Matt is the editor of the Association for Character Education eJournal Character Matters, and a Director of Our School Day Ltd, specialising in SMSC, personal development, character education, and approaches to PREVENT in schools. He is also proudly Cornish.


Prof Dr Werner Riess, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Werner Riess is a Full Professor at the university of Education Freiburg and is the Head of the Institute for Biology and its Didactics. His interest is in the area of science education and education for sustainable development. He has written several books and published articles in different scientific journals. Currently he investigates the possibility to foster systems thinking and other problem-solving abilities of pupils and adults in the field of science and sustainable development. For an overview see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Werner_Riess


Stephanie Bryant, God and the Big Bang Project, Cambridge, UK

Stephanie Bryant spent most of her childhood exploring the outdoors, learning about nature and playing with animals. It was no surprise to her friends when she went on to study Natural Sciences, specializing in Zoology and Physiology, at the University of Cambridge, where she became a Christian. Stephanie has been involved in a number of conservation and communication projects since graduating, from studying wolves in Bulgaria, to frogs and salmon in Canada, and working with local communities and landowners to reduce human-wildlife conflict. She is fascinated by the interaction of science and faith, and particularly enjoys encouraging Christians to care for the natural world. She is now working full time on the God and the Big Bang Project, whilst based at Cambridge.


sharonDr Sharon Fraser, University of Tasmania, Australia

Sharon is an Associate Professor in Science Education at the University of Tasmania, Australia, who began her academic career as a scientist, gaining a PhD in reptile physiology. After working in related fields, and teaching Science, Mathematics and Computing Science in secondary schools, she gained a SciEdD focusing on innovative pedagogies in university science teaching. She has widespread experience in constructing professional learning in teaching and learning for university academic staff and school teachers. Her research and teaching focus on science pedagogical content knowledge and improving student learning through its enhancement. Of particular interest is the Nature of Science, its limitations and relationships to other worldviews, and working with science educators to think critically about these understandings and incorporate them meaningfully into their teaching.


Jack Hunter, University of Bristol, UK

Jack Hunter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. His research explores contemporary trance mediumship and the paranormal in the UK. He did his teacher training in Secondary Religious Education at the University of Chester, and is currently a Lecturer in A-Level Religious Studies and Sociology at North Shropshire College. He is the founder and editor of Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal (www.paranthropology.co.uk), the author of Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic (2012), editor of Damned Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal (2016), and co-editor with Dr. David Luke of Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds (2014).


Dr Christian Hoeger, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Dr Christian Hoeger is working as senior lecturer in Catholic Theology and Religious Education at the University of Education Freiburg, Germany. His main research interest lies in the area of theology and natural sciences, especially in students’ attitudes about Creation, Big Bang and Evolution. In this field his postdoctoral thesis investigates possible developments with the method of a qualitative-empirical longitudinal study.

He earned his PhD in Catholic Theology in 2008 from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, where his dissertation, “Farewell to the Creator?“, discusses the question in how far young people in western Germany distance themselves from the Christian belief in a divine creator of the world. From 2006-2010 Christian worked as a teacher of Roman Catholic religion at Highschools in southwestern Germany.

Up to now, in several articles and speeches, Christian has described and discussed what empirical research can tell teachers about the knowledge and the attitudes of their students, in order to bring them into a more reasonable dialogue with the Christian traditions and a scientific worldview as well.


Dr Matt Pritchard, Magic Shows, UK

Dr Matt Pritchard is an magician, comedian and creative communicator. His amazing performances both inspire and inform. Matt loves being creative and is passionate about simplifying the complex.

As an independent science communicator he performs to over 50,000 people a year and works with organisations like The Royal Institution, British Science Association, The Big Bang fairs, Cheltenham Festivals and Edinburgh International Science Festival. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University, where he won the Institute of Physics’ Postgraduate lecturer award. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham.

In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 17 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle – one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction. He is also a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.


Monir Ahmed, Durham University, UK

Monir Ahmed is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, England. He studied science at his school, college and obtained PGDip CBT; MPhil, MSc, BSc degrees in Psychology. He is a passionate thinker and believer in integrating Science and Religion and attends conferences, seminars on Science and Religion regularly. His current research entitled ‘A cognitive spiritual approach to mental health and well-being’ aims to integrate spirituality/religion with science i.e. human cognition (thinking process) to design and develop a holistic cognitive spiritual therapy (CST) for mental health and well-being including people with religious/spiritual struggle, mental health issues of culturally diverse population. Mr Ahmed is sociable, spiritual person- respects and values religions, cultures. He enjoys playing tennis, badminton. Driving, travelling, fishing are some of his hobbies. He also enjoys reading and learning about space, universe, nature-the ultimate origin and purpose of the creation. His academic profile could be found at www.spiritualpsyche.com.


Adrian Brown, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, Derbyshire, UK 

Adrian Brown is an almost retired schoolteacher who teaches a unique course called IDEAS (Intellectual Development, Extending Able Students) at the Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Derbyshire. He began life as a natural scientist who morphed into a philosopher/ theologian and subsequently taught Religious Studies. He has spoken and written widely on Religious Studies and on Science and Religion with a particular focus on Secondary Education, developing pioneering resources in the field. Most recently he published an ebook entitled “The Big Bang and the interfaces of knowledge” and a short book about climate change for Grove entitled “Education: Changing the Climate”.


Dr Sally Riordan, Soham Village College, UK             

Sally Riordan teaches physics at Soham Village College, a secondary state school in Cambridgeshire. She also works for the University of Cambridge, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students studying history and philosophy of science.  Sally holds a mathematics degree from the University of Cambridge and Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.  Her research interests are in the philosophy of measurement, the ethics of science and science education.


Mark Gilbert, University of Oxford, UK

Mark Gilbert is an applied mathematician with experience in both theoretical ecology and in hydrology. He has a strong interest the interactions between science and religion, and in communicating these to different audiences.

Mark is in the final stages of completing a DPhil (PhD) in mathematical biology in the University of Oxford, where he has used mathematical and computational techniques to study the spread of invasive species in complex real landscapes. He currently works as a hydrological modeller at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH Wallingford).

Mark is fascinated by the relationships between science, the arts and religion, and enjoys thinking and writing about a range of topics. He has written about environmental issues from a Christian perspective, winning the Christians in Science student essay competition in 2015 with his essay, How should Christians respond to Climate Change? Current interests include Isaac Newton and the importance of scientific biography in communicating the complexity of the relationships between religious faith and scientific research.


Revd Jennifer Brown, MA, Diocese of Oxford and Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford, UK

Jennifer Brown is a priest in the Church of England and has held both parish and chaplaincy posts. She is currently Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice group of churches in south Oxfordshire. As Science Missioner, she is tasked with opening conversations between the church community and the science and technology community. Part of this work includes educating congregations and helping them to recognise science as an area of life that is not alien to a Christian worldview, but is one with which the Church should engage. Her work also involves engagement with the local community, including the primary schools located within the benefice, to raise interest in science and to demonstrate the compatibility between science and faith. In addition to her work as Science Missioner, Jennifer is also Tutor for the Cuddesdon School of Theology & Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college near Oxford.

Jennifer has a BSc in Psychology and Master’s degree in the Psychology of Religion, and is currently working towards a PhD in the Psychology of Religion.


mehdiDr Mehdi Nassaji, LASAR Project, Canterbury Christ Church and Reading Universities

Dr Mehdi Nassaji is working on the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) project as a researcher. His BSc was in Robotics Engineering followed by an MA degree in Education and an MA in Philosophy of Science. The focus of Mehdi’s PhD at the University of Hull was on the idea of Plurality of Truth, with his main argument being that there can be a number of different true claims, including religious truths that are not necessarily reducible or translatable to Science. Mehdi also has a background in teaching.