2012 Conference

Transforming the Mind : Wisdom and Wonder

The 2012 conference was an amazing time of reflection, wonder and wisdom as we looked at ways of integrating our faith with what we do as academics. It took place in the amazing setting of Dovedale House, in the Derbyshire Dales, on the weekend of 22-24th June. The keynote speakers were Sir Colin Humphreys and Professor Alison Phipps. It's hard to believe that this is our tenth year of excitement and challenge as we explore the links between Faith, Work, and World.

As students, researchers and budding academics, we meet to encourage each other and explore what God is calling us to be and to do in the university and outside. As we ask questions about our faith, our work, our relationships and our world, we seek to share wisdom and learn from each other by God's Spirit. We are challenged to 'offer [our] bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God' and 'to be transformed by the renewing of [our] minds' (Romans 12:1).

This time the theme of the conference was Wisdom and Wonder. A brief overview of the main conference sessions is available, along with the outline programme for the weekend.

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Professor Sir Colin Humphreys FRS FREng

Sir Colin is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, where he also did his PhD. He has made important contributions to electron microscopy as well as working on semiconductors (as used in LEDs) and high-temperature aerospace materials - both areas where good engineering can save energy. Colin also works on the reconstruction of historical events recorded in the Bible, on which he has written "The Miracles of Exodus: a Scientist Reveals the Extraordinary Natural Causes Underlying the Biblical Miracles" (2003) and "The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus" (2011). He was awarded the CBE for services to science as a researcher and communicator in 2003 and was knighted in 2010.



picture of Prof Phipps

Professor Alison Phipps (Glasgow)

Alison is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, where she co-convenes the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network, a large research and public engagement network.  Author of eight books and many articles, Alison is also an editor, published poet and liturgist and writes regularly for both the Expository Times and Coracle.  Senior Advisor to the British Council and formerly an advisor to the World Council of Churches, she is an advocate and activist in the areas of human rights and education for non-violence.  At present she is involved in a project to develop life-long learning in Palestine and to use drama in translating primary healthcare materials.  She is a member of the Iona Community and enjoys relaxing on her allotment, playing the small pipes and walking the Scottish hills.