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Professor Christopher Southgate

Public engagement

  • Chris has run many events with churches and other related groups, exploring his research with lay audiences. This has included:
  • a three-day Lee Abbey residential for scientists, clergy, teachers and other laypeople
  • a two-day retreat on the life and poetry of T.S.Eliot
  • a seminar for the science and religion society in Copenhagen
  • an evening with Taunton Humanists Society
  • a lecture in the series at St Michael's Mount Dinham
  • a lecture in Newcastle in connection with the British Science Festival
  • lectures in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for New Zealand Christians in Science

He also explores the theological import of his own poetry and those of others, including:

a lecture on Eliot at St Stephen's Church, Exeter

a 'Dean's evening' at Virginia Theological Seminary

a reading in International Week at New York University

a readng in the pottery studio at St John's University, Minnesota

asterclasses at Columbia University on science and poetry, and the status of the sestina

the 2016 Gowland Lecture on science and poetry.


Contribution to discipline

Grants awarded

  • "How can congregations be helped in times of tragedy?", £154,977 from the Templeton World Charities Foundation
  • "Information and the Origins of Life', with Andrew Robinson. £196,562, Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series, made possible by the Templeton Foundation, 2008-2011.
  • "Ministry Training as Formation", with Mike Higton. £93,000, St Luke’s College Foundation, 2007-2010.
  • "Texts of Land, Sea and Hope", with Mike Higton and David Horrell. £67,656, SWMTC, 2006-2009.

Workshops/symposia organised

  • Symposium on semiotics and theology, Berkeley, CA, Nov 2008 and Cambridge, UK, April 2011
  • Workshop for early career researchers, Berkeley, CA, 2010
  • AAR panel, 2009

Editorial positions

  • Editor of Reviews in Science and Religion (2007-2012)

Academic society positions

  • Committee member for the Science and Religion Forum (
  • Advisory Board - Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science

Interdisciplinary engagement

  • Chris has given presentations to groups concerned with the dialogue between religion and science, the interface between science and environmental ethics, and the interaction of poetry and science.





  • Interview on Rema Radio, New Zealand
  • Series of nine TV interviews for Closer to Truth, American PBS
  • Interview for Radio Newcastle in connection with the British Science Festival
  • Performed and was interviewed for radio at the 2016 Greenbelt Festival