Skip to content

NTU Faith - Science and Religion: Moving away from the shallow end

Networking | Seminars

Join us for this special Science and Religion event to discuss the very latest research study in this area in the UK during Interfaith Week 2022.

  • From: Thursday 17 November 2022, 5 pm
  • To: Thursday 17 November 2022, 7 pm
  • Location: Newton Building - NEWLT4, City Campus, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 17 November 2022, 4.30 pm
  • Download this event to your calendar

Past event

Event details

NTU Faith are organising this Science and Religion event as part of our Interfaith Week activities for this academic year, open to both the NTU community and the public.

Our keynote speaker Nick Spencer has led on this ground–breaking report Science and Religion: Moving away from the shallow end which draws on a three–year project in which the researchers conducted over a hundred in–depth interviews with leading academics and science communicators  and commissioned a YouGov public opinion poll of over 5,000 UK adults.

For years the conversation on this topic has fixed on a limited number of (scientific) topics – evolution, Big Bang, neuroscience – and often on the loudest voices there. In short, the ‘science and religion’ conversation is needlessly shallow and needlessly noisy. This event will draw on the latest research, stimulate conversation  and bring out the more nuanced and complex relationship between science and religion.

Keynote speaker

Nick Spencer – Fellow Researcher , Theos Think Tank.

He is the author of a number of books and reports, such as ‘The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable’ (Bloomsbury, 2017), ‘The Evolution of the West’ (SPCK, 2016) and ‘Atheists: The Origin of the Species’ (Bloomsbury, 2014).

More recently in partnership with The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, he has researched a massive study into this whole question of Science and Religion concluding a research report ‘Science and Religion’: Moving away from the shallow end'.

Panel Members 

Ahmed Peerbhai - Islamic Faith - Imam from Masjid Al Khazra Mosque in Basford, Nottingham

Ahmed is Head of Community Cohesion at the Green Academy Trust in Nottingham.  He is the Police chaplain for Nottinghamshire Police and an Independent Member on the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred where he advises the government on Islamophobia Ahmed is focused on interfaith and enhancing community relations. He visits schools, universities and community groups to speak about Islam and facilitates interfaith dialogue. Ahmed also hosts open days at the mosque where he has hosted over 1000 visitors in the last 6 years. He is a trustee for Nottingham Council of Mosques and has been recently appointed as chair of the Independent Police Scrutiny panel.

Adeolu Adewoye - Baha'i Faith - Senior Lecture Biosciences, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Adeolu Adewoye received a bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Leicester specialising in molecular genetics. Adeolu is a Senior Lecturer in Biosciences at NTU and enjoys working with students to release their potential. As a molecular biologist, I apply genetics and biochemistry to understand life at the cellular level. I have been fascinated by the harmony of science and religion since becoming a Baha’i in Nigeria. I look forward to learning from other scientists and faith groups on how they see the two great sources of knowledge in advancing our civilisation.





Welcome and refreshments

Clive Foster – Multi-Faith Manager



Amy Bere – Director of Culture and Faith


Faith Ambassadors

Robina Din - Multi-Faith Coordinator


Introduction of keynote speaker

Clive Foster


Guest Speaker from Theos

Science & Religion: shallow or deep?

Nick Spencer – Fellow Researcher Theos.


Panel reflection & discussion

Faith leaders and scientists



Clive Foster


Closing Remarks

Clive Foster



Location details


Newton Building - NEWLT4
City Campus
50 Shakespeare Street

Past event

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418