Revisiting the Science-Religion Interface Colloquium: Glocal, Bottom-Up, Multi-Disciplinary

The interface between science and religion is being probed and pushed in new ways in our time of globalization. New knowledge is being produced about how people manage and negotiate the boundaries between instrumental rationality and religiosity in their daily lives, about how global trends intersect with local realities, and how people themselves see these negotiations. Such investigations are now inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing on philosophy, anthropology, sociology, science and technology studies, education studies, religious studies, and others.

We are delighted to invite you to explore these questions at the international colloquium on Revisiting the Science-Religion Interface: Glocal, Bottom-Up, Multi-Disciplinary at Tampere University. The colloquium will include presentations on cutting-edge research in the field by a number of internationally renowned academics, including from Finland.

The two-day colloquium is being organized by the research project “Science and religion in northern Europe”.

Lectures and sessions are open to all interested. Register now and join the discussion on the new interface of science and religion! 

Revisiting the Science-Religion Interface: Glocal, Bottom-Up, Multi-Disciplinary


  • 9.30 – 10.00 Coffee

    Morning session (A3, main building)
  • 10.00 – 10.15 Welcome: Dr. Juha Teperi, Vice-Rector for Research, Tampere University
  • 10.15 – 10.30 Ali Qadir, Tampere University: Science & religion in northern Europe
  • 10.30 – 12.00 Opening lecture - Fern Elsdon-Baker, University of Birmingham: New Perspectives on Evolutionary Science and Belief in Society: Moving away from the epistemic conflict model
    Comment: Olli-Pekka Vainio, University of Helsinki
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.00 – 14.30 Session I (A2a, main building):
    Ricca Edmondson
    , National University of Ireland Galway: Social-scientific language and religious aspects of 'self-motivation to virtue': Interim report on a research project
    Aku Visala, University of Helsinki: Human Cognition and Abstract Models of Science and Religion Interaction
  • 14.30 – 15.00 Coffee
  • 15.00 – 16.30 Session II (A2a, main building):
    Antony Pattathu
    , University of Tübingen: Ayurveda - A Medical System between Science and Religion
    Pia Vuolanto/Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir/Petteri Hansen, Tampere University: Negotiating the science and religion interface in northern Europe:Ethnographies of global institutional dynamics in human experiences of the Divine



  • 10.00 – 11.30 Session III (A2b, main building):
    Rope Kojonen
    , University of Helsinki: Recent scientific-theological discussion over the purpose of evolution
    Jenny-Ann Danell, Umeå University: Under the secular surface – reflections on the role of science, spirituality and individualization in the Nordic context
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee
  • 12.00 – 13.30 (A3, main building)  
    Closing lecture: Hyung Wook Park, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: Korean Creation Scientists and Their Appropriation of the Secular
    Comment: Miikka Niiranen, Aalto University
  • 13.30 – 13.45    Closing words: Ali Qadir, Tampere University
  • 13.45     Lunch


The two-day colloquium is being organized by the research project “Science and religion in northern Europe”.