Science and Faith

Science and Faith

We hope you’ve enjoyed another wonderful season of Science and Faith.  We have excellent news for you!  We’re going to be bringing Science and Faith to parishes near you!

January 8 – 7:30pm – OLEM, Cambridge 

The speakers at the event will be Prof. Robert Turner and Dr. Mihnea Turcanu. Prof. Robert Turner is a British neuroscientist, physicist, and social anthropologist. He has been a director and professor at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and is an internationally recognized expert in brain physics and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Dr. Mihnea Turcanu pursued a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Glasgow where he specialized in ultrasound-mediated targeted drug delivery technology. He is currently a research associate at the university of Leuven, Belgium where he has been using AI technology to enhance ultrasound imaging that is used in radiotherapy cancer treatments.

February 5 – 7:30pm – Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception ‘Farm Street Church’114 Mount Street, London,W1K 3AH – Register here for your free space: Click Here for February 5

    • Fr Philip – Fr. Philip is the Senior Chaplain at Newman House, the student Catholic Chaplaincy for Westminster diocese. He was born in London, and grew up in Kent and in St Albans, Herts, where he attended Nicholas Breakspear Catholic Secondary. He did his university studies in Natural Sciences (Physics) at Cambridge, and then completed a PhD in radio-astronomy (on quasars) at the Cavendish Laboratory. At Cambridge he was also heavily involved in the university chaplaincy. After Cambridge he lived in central London for a few months and worked for the Catholic charity, Providence Row, assisting in a hostel for homeless men. Fr Philip was then accepted to study for the priesthood for Westminster diocese, and attended the Venerable English College, Rome, and was ordained in his home parish of SS Alban & Stephen in September 1999. Since then he has served in Enfield parish, then in hospital chaplaincy at Barts & The Royal London, and most recently for 14 years as Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, Hoddesdon. As well as his new post as Senior Chaplain at Newman House, he has a number of other diocesan responsibilities, including sitting on the Sick & Retired Priests’ Committee, and being Co-ordinator of Ethnic Chaplains.
    • Miss Maria Findlay–  Maria is Head of Physics at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans. She started teaching two and a half years ago, completing a PGCE at the University of York after finishing with a first in Natural Sciences, specialising in Physics.  Maria grew up in a strongly Catholic family, and was lucky enough to have amazing guidance in her life, from her parents, parish youth group, and the ‘Faith Camp’ she attended from the age of 12 each summer – a movement dedicated to linking Science and the Faith for young Catholics. She currently volunteers at her local church as a catechist for the confirmation group, and in the past have been part of the local SPUC group in York. Wilson is the Head of Physics from Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School.


February 19 – TBC

      • Professor Mike Kelly and Sophia Carozza

March 5 – TBC

      • Dr. Charles Wilson and Giacomo Casale

March 19 – TBC

      • Fr. Robert Gay – Fr Robert Gay teaches moral theology and bioethics at Blackfriars Hall and Studium. He is a Governor of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, and is a member of the Advisory Board for a Catholic Investment Fund. Fr Robert was elected Prior to the Holy Spirit Priory, Oxford, in May 2018. He is also JCR Chaplain and Welfare Officer, providing pastoral and spiritual support to Hall and Studium students.  Fr Robert studied biological sciences at Wye College, University of London, before going on to do his doctorate in Plant Physiology at the University of Glasgow. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Blackfriars Studium, and bioethics and medical law at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. His academic interests include the ethics of persistent vegetative state, ethical issues at the end of life, and the use of Thomistic virtue ethics in bioethics.
      • Dr. Szmon Stelter – a research scientist working in the biotechnology industry in Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Immunology from St George’s, University of London. Szymon is involved in many evangelising initiatives, like The Word on Fire Institute and Catholic Voices. He also leads a group for young Catholic adults in the local parish.

April 2 – 8:00pm – St Dominic’s Priory – the Rosary Shrine Southampton Rd, London NW5 4LB

April 23 – TBC

    • Professor Jim McManus – Jim is a Generation Q Fellow, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council and Interim President of the Association of Directors of Public Health. Jim is Lead for Population Health for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System and is an Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Jim is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  He led ADPH policy work on local outbreak plans and covid-19 suppression including ADPH ‘Living Safely with Covid’ policy papers. Jim co-created the national public mental health collaborative for Covid-19 and co-chaired the national review of suicide prevention plans in England. He has just completed three years as Chair of the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network and was a co-author of the National Strategy for Behavioural Science in Public Health. He was a member of the national Faith TaskForce on Covid and is a member of the Oversight Group for the National HIV Strategy.
    • Professor Daniela de Angelis – Daniela De Angelis is Professor of Statistical Science for Health at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Deputy Director and Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit (MRC-BSU). At the BSU, Daniela has overall responsibility for the research theme “Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health” and leads the research programme on ‘Evidence synthesis to inform population health-related decision making’. Daniela has over 25 years of experience of working at the interface between statistics and infectious disease epidemiology, focusing on the development of statistical methods for the characterisation of epidemics, including natural history, burden and prediction of future evolution, informing the implementation and evaluation of public health policies. Daniela is member of a number of local/national/international scientific advisory groups such as NICE, WHO, and UNAIDS and collaborates widely with health agencies nationally and internationally. She is also currently a member of SPI-M (Scientific Pandemic Influenza Advisory Committee, subgroup on Modelling), which reports into SAGE; member of the Modelling and Analytics Board for the NHSx Covid 19 App; and member of the Royal Statistical Society Task Force for Covid-19. Daniela also recently won the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Award for Impact and Engagement, in the Established Academic category.

Most events* will begin with Adoration and the Rosary at 5pm.  Then Mass at 6pm.  At 7:30pm, we will beging the Science and Faith presentation at 7:30pm in the parish hall.  The event will include stories and testimonies from scientists, theologians and professors.  There will be the opportunity to discuss the topic presented and to ask questions of the speaker.

*On April 2nd – Mass will begin at 7pm, followed by the Rosary procession.  The Science event will begin at 8pm in St. Dominic’s Parish Hall.

We need VOLUNTEERS!!  How can you help?

  • Help spread the news to parishes, youth groups, schools, univerties
  • Help to set up and clean up after the event
  • Help with materials for the participants during the event.

Can you help?  Email

Szymon and Marta at the RME studio

A message from the Presenters for Season

As we wave goodbye to 2020, the Science and Faith team are thrilled to be working on RME’s brand new show. Our episodes navigate the relationship between science and faith as we explore topics such as neuroscience or genetic modification. Today, we get to know our presenters, Marta and Szymon, a bit more in depth.Marta currently works at a Catholic secondary school in Hertfordshire, where she enjoys providing a safe environment where students can explore and be unashamedly wonderstruck by God’s creation through the study of biology, chemistry and physics. Before becoming a qualified teacher at King’s College London in June 2020, Marta read Biomedical Sciences at University College London (2016-2019). Alongside her academic endevours, Marta was president of Christians in Science (CiS) UCL and has had the opportunity to be a speaker with God and the Big Bang. Marta enjoys tea and reading C.S. Lewis way above the recommended daily amount!

We asked Marta about her involvement with the project:

“It was an easy ‘yes’. I’m passionate about sparking conversation across the science curriculum; making the complementarity between theology and science a part of my pupils’ education. This radio show will make that same conversation accessible to the general public. What’s not to like? We’re hopeful and pray that these episodes resonate with our listeners”

Marta’s fellow radio host, Szymon is a research scientist working in the biotechnology industry in Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Immunology from St George’s, University of London. Szymon is involved in many evangelising initiatives, like The Word on Fire Institute and Catholic Voices. He also leads a group for young Catholic adults in the local parish. We asked Szymon what drove him to get involved with the project:

“I became interested in the subject of Science and Religion after I returned to the Catholic Faith of my youth and when I became aware of the limits of scientific exploration.I want to talk about this subject, because many people view Science as the only legitimate source of truth and they reject religious claims as superstitions, ultimately limiting the fullness of human flourishing. There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to science and religion, and in our radio programme I would like to discuss the most common ones with prominent Christian scientists and scholars”

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