SRF Annual Conference 2021 - Online

Topic: Science, Religion and Human Identity

Date: 26th - 28th May 2021

Please note that this conference will be held online due to the ongoing global health situation.

View the Conference Program.

Register for the Conference here.

Watch the Gowland Public Lecture here.

Speakers and Titles

The Gowland Public Lecture: 'Transformative Creatures: Theology, Gender Diversity and Human Identity’ – Prof. Susanna Cornwall with Rev. Canon Dr Rachal Mann responding.

'What can science and biblical scholarship say about human identity as imago Dei' – Prof. Mark Harris


‘Neurology and religion: the role of clinical case studies in understanding the relationship between the brain and faith.’ – Rev. Dr Joanna Collicut McGrath


‘What Experimental Approaches can Contribute to Understanding the Psychobiological and Social Effects of Religion’ – Dr Miguel Farias

‘Christian faith, mental health, and the natural world: possibilities and pitfalls' – Dr Tasia Scrutton

‘All in the Head?: Spiritual Technologies and the New Science of Psychedelics’ – Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie

There will be opportunities for Q&A and discussions with our speakers throughout the conference.


Please note the SRF Annual General Meeting for SRF Members will also take place as part of this conference at 2pm, May 28th May.

There will also be a launch event for 'Made in the Image of God', a new book edited by Michael Fuller and David Jasper. This will be on the 28th May

Call for Short papers

The conference will include a Short Paper session for which all attendees are encouraged to submit proposals.  Short papers must be related to the main conference theme.

Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes presentation time, to be followed by 10 minutes discussion.  Proposals, in the form of a title and a 200 word summary, should be sent by 15th April 2021 to The Revd Dr Gillian Straine  at

Submissions will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please re-submit your proposal. Acceptance of short papers will be according to criteria of quality, originality, relevance to the conference theme, and plausibility of presentation within 15 minutes. Submissions from students are particularly encouraged. Those whose proposals are accepted will be informed by 30th April 2021