2018 Conference

Are you studying for a masters or PhD while seeking to follow Jesus Christ? Are you a Christian working in a university or other academic centre and struggling to find people who understand your calling? Transforming the Mind could be the most important date in your diary this year!

The 2018 conference will take place in Dovedale House, in the beautiful surroundings of the Derbyshire Peak District. It is on the weekend of 15th - 17th June. You can register now, and join us for a unique weekend featuring talks, group discussion, outdoor leisure and worship time, all in fellowship with other Christians as we seek to integrate academic life with faith in Christ!

The speakers this year are Nick Megoran and Eline van Asperen.

A poster and a flyer with details of the conference including a postal registration form, are available. Online Registration is also open.


Nick Megoran

Nick MegoranDr Nick Megoran is Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University. His research interests include the geopolitics of Central Asia since the Cold War and more broadly the dynamics of warfare and peacemaking. He is the author of Nationalism in Central Asia, Warlike Christians in An Age of Violence, and The War on Terror: How Should Christians Respond?, and of numerous articles for both academic and general readers. He is co-chair of The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee, a keen supporter of Scunthorpe United Football Club, and a member of Heaton Baptist Church.

Eline van Asperen

Eline van AsperenDr Eline van Asperen is a postdoctoral researcher in palaeoecology, based at Newcastle and Durham Universities. She is interested in finding out how people, animals and plants interacted in the past, with the aim of contributing to modern-day conservation issues. Her research covers a wide range of environmental remains from the ice ages, including bones, pollen, phytoliths, and fungi that grow on animal dung!

Eline is originally from The Netherlands, where she studied Archaeological Sciences at Leiden University. She moved to the UK in 2006 to pursue a PhD in York, followed by two postdocs at Liverpool John Moores University. Eline first came to TTM in 2007, where she met her (British) husband Anthony, and in 2016 they moved to Durham. As a flatlander by birth she is enjoying the hills!