Event Programme:

'Science and  Islam: Past, Present and Future'

Part of the BA Festival of Science
University of Salford 8-12 September, 2003

Wednesday 10th September 2003

A critical analysis of the past contributions Muslims have made in science and Technology. An informed discussion will examine the extent which Islamic Science has influenced the past developments of Western society as well as the scientific achievements of the modern era. The day will conclude with a debate on whether Religion and Islam in particular, can continue to pervade into the future realms of scientific and technological progress.
 

Session One - Morning, Clifford Whitworth building, Conference Suite
 

09.30

Opening Address by Chairman
Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan,
Senior lecturer, London South Bank University
 

09.40

Welcome on behalf of the Board of Trustees of FSTC
Mr. Peter Raymond (MBE),
Member of Board of Trustees of FSTC
 

09.50

Inauguration Address
HRH Princess Wijdan Ali (PhD)
Dean of college of Arts and Design, University of Jordan; Founder and President of the royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman
 

10.05

Keynote Address
Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
President of International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science, (IUHPS/DHS).
 

10.15

Keynote Lecture - Part I
"1,000 Years of Missing Science: The Myth of Dark Europe"
Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani  (UMIST)
Chairman, Foundation for Science Technology & Civilisation (FSTC), Founder of www.MuslimHeritage.com
 

11.00

"The Influence of Islamic medicine and surgery"
Dr. Emille Savage-Smith OSI
University of Oxford
 

11.30

"Impact of Muslim Art, Architecture and Town Planning on Europe"
Dr. Rabah Saoud
Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation FSTC
 

11.45

"The Dynamics and Mobility of Civilisations: The Golden Route from China to Europe"
Mr. Paul Keeler Director, Goldenweb.net, Cambridge
Mr. AQ Spiker, Creative Director, Goldenweb.net, Cambridge
 

Session Two - Afternoon, Chapman building LT2
 

14.00

Keynote Lecture - Part II
"1,000 Years of Missing Science: The Myth of Dark Europe"
Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani  (UMIST)
Chairman, Foundation for Science Technology & Civilisation (FSTC) Founder of www.MuslimHeritage.com
 

14.45

"World Religions and Environmental Conservation"
Martin Palmer
Secretary General
Alliance for Religion and Conservation (ARC), Manchester
 

15.30

"Environment and Sustainability: An Islamic Perspective"
Dr. Mawil Izzidien
University of Wales, Lampeter
 

16.00

"Science, Future and Religion"
Professor Ziauddin Sardar
Chief Editor, Futures Journal, London
 

16.40

"Community Outreach, and Education"
Khadija Khan Science Museum,
Community Liaison Manager, Science Museum, London
Nasira Shiekh Miller, Education Developer, Science Museum, London
 

17.00

"Breaking Down Cultural Barriers"
Robin Stidworthy
Director, Mosaic International
 

17.15

"The role of faith-based organisations in supporting access to science education"
Jo Jones
FaithRegen UK
 

Evening Forum, Clifford Whitworth building, Conference Suite
 

"Should Ethics and Religion
have a place in Science?"


Chairman - Martin Palmer
Panel members: Prof. Zia Sardar, Dr. Simon Locke, Howie Firth

The relationship between science and ethics and morality has been widely contested, but should there be a role for religion in science? Can religion give a positive direction to science and help clarify the ethical issues in science? Have conflicting religious perceptions compounded the ever-contentious 'science-wars' debate? Is science a religion itself? Should there be ethical and moral limits to Genetic and Nano Research? Panellists attempt to resolve these issues through open discussion with the audience.

   
 

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