Wesley Methodist Church

A church for all in the heart of the city

Science Meets Faith

Second Monday of the month from October to June, 7.15 pm for 7.45 pm


We present world class lectures on issues of Science and Faith, sponsored by Cambridge University Press. 
Please see below for details of our next lecture and the 2018/19 lecture programme.  

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Our next meeting:

Monday 8 October 2018, at 7.45 pm

“Climate Change: A Scientific Update”  

Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE 

Dynamical Oceanographer, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge 

Emily Shuckburgh studied mathematics as an undergraduate and took her PhD, in Atmospheric Dynamics, in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. From 2001-03 she was a European Commission Marie Curie Research Fellow, at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and later a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently she is a climate scientist and mathematician based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She leads the national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), is deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and leads the Data Science Group at BAS. She also holds three positions at the University of Cambridge, being a fellow of Darwin College, fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change. 

In her talk, Emily will discuss the latest findings from climate science. In 2015, global governments committed in the Paris Agreement to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”. Three years on, what does the latest science tell us about the scale and urgency of the climate change threat? Emily will review new evidence regarding the risks and impacts of climate change at different levels of warming, including the latest understanding of changes occurring in the polar regions and their potential global impact, and will discuss the implications for governments, business and society

Programme for 2018/19

Listen Again

Recordings of many of the lectures from last year's series are available to listen again.