Chaplaincy Chats-Edinburgh-Science and Faith-Season 4 Ep6

Written by on 23/03/2023

Chaplaincy: Edinburgh

Ep 6 – Broadcasts on March 25th (Saturday) at 8:00pm, March 27th (Monday) at 5pm, and March 30th (Thursday) at 12:30am

On this episode, we travel up to Scotland and after some delectable haggis and IronBru, we discussed the most appealing aspects of science and faith, the “God of the gaps” argument, and faith-talk in schools and academia.


Our panel included Prof Maria Ubiali and Michael O’Duffin , and two students from the chaplaincy: Paige and Andre.


Prof Maria Ubiali read Physics at the Università degli Studi of Milan, in Italy, gaining a First Class Honours degree. In 2006 she moved to Edinburgh to study for a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics. She obtained a joint doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She then moved to Aachen, Germany, for her first postdoc in 2010. She was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship in October 2016 and in 2017 became Lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Newnham College. In 2020 she became Principal Investigator of an ERC grant studying the “Physics beyond the Standard Proton.” Maria is the Sheila Edmonds Lecturer in Mathematics at Newnham. Maria set up and runs Newnham’s Maths Summer School.

Michael O’Duffin studied physics at the university of Edinburgh where he first encountered the Dominicans. He taught physics in the Scottish Borders for two years before moving to St Aloysius’ College, the Jesuit school in Glasgow, where he has spent the rest of his long career. During that time he has been House Master, Assistant Head Master and Head of Physics, a role in which he continues today. He also assists by teaching some Religious Education classes and over the years has been extensively involved in giving Kairos Retreats to senior pupils. He is a member of the Edinburgh Fraternity of Lay Dominicans and is actively involved in the Jesuit parish of St Aloysius in Glasgow. He is married with three sons and has three grandchildren.

Paige de Polo is finishing her PhD on Pantodonts and Andre Theng is doing his PhD in sociolinguistics on how Catholics interact online.

Listen on your podcast platform of choice:

We thank ECLAS for their generosity to make our tour to universities possible.

If you would like to get in touch, email:

Facebook/Instagram: @radiomariaengland #RMESCIENCEANDFAITH

Reader's opinions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

[There are no radio stations in the database]