Science Week at the Cathedral

Each August, St Paul’s Cathedral engages with National Science Week, and runs a number of activities that explore the chosen theme from the perspective of the science-religion interface.

National Science Week 2020: 15th – 23rd of August. 

In an increasingly global and secular scientific culture, saturated with technology and the market, the science–faith conversation is at the cutting edge of Christian engagement. Our purpose is to help equip Christians for that engagement.

In 2020 the theme for National Science Week is as follows:

“Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’ and features the establishment of the Blue Economy.”

This is all about “Delivering Innovation in Sustainable Seafood and Energy Production for a Marine Nation.”

Comment from The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Ames

There is an interesting ‘tension’ between what ‘Deep Blue’ evokes and the ‘Blue Economy’. The Blue Economy is very important. I notice however that the material doesn’t mention the human waste (especially plastics) that fills the sea. The ‘Deep Blue’ note invites us to go deeper.  What this might mean includes what I found on the website for the Marine Conservation Society of Australian Marine, which says it is the ‘Voice of the Ocean’.  Tim Winton is its Patron.

The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Ames.

The theme for National Science Week 2019 was Destination Moon: more missions, more science. Science Week at the Cathedral resources for this topic will be available here as they are produced.

The 2018 theme was Game Changers and Change Makers. Below, you can read how St Paul’s Cathedral and parishes around the Diocese of Melbourne engaged with this theme:

Science Week in Parishes 2019

Relating Christianity to science is one of the biggest pastoral challenges we face as we seek to encourage the people of God in their faith.

Science Week in Parishes, which grew out of the Science Week at the Cathedral program, is one way of helping Christians to overcome misunderstandings about science and faith. In a very modest way, we hope to equip them for conversations with people who maintain “I believe in science, so I couldn’t be religious.”