Are We Slaves to Our Genes?
  • Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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The University Multi-faith Chaplaincy and Christians in Science are delighted to welcome Dr Denis Alexander from Cambridge University to give the second Annual Dallinger Lecture.

Dr Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. 

Prior to that Dr Alexander was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion.

This free talk is open to all and starts at 7.30pm. Free parking is available on campus and there will be a bookstall after the event.

Contact David Evans for more details on 01752 587760 or email

Christians in Science (CiS) is an international network of those concerned with the relationship between science and Christian faith, open to scientists, teachers, students and all those with an interest in this dialogue. The common misperception that there is always conflict between science and faith can be abused by those with anti-Christian or anti-science agendas. In reality science has always been the domain of many committed Christians and CiS exists to support such Christians. Student membership is free for a year. CiS on Facebook

CiS South West is a local group that aims to connect and support anyone with an interest in science and faith in Devon and Cornwall. We aim to run events two or three times a year and support Christians working in or studying science locally. Email for further information.

Plymouth University Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is for all staff and students: those with a faith, searching for faith, or just wanting to meet people. Email for further information or visit the Chaplaincy on Facebook.

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Annual Dallinger Lecture

The Dallinger Lecture is an annual event exploring the interaction between science and faith.

With Plymouth roots, Rev Dr William Henry Dallinger FRS was a scientist and Methodist minister. He was an early advocate for the compatability of science and faith, and passionate about educating other ministers and the public on these issues.

Further information: William Dallinger biography (author: J W Hass)

L0012242 Portrait of W. H. Dallinger, seated at r. to microscope. Oil circa 1885 By: E. Thomas. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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