About SHDP

The Science and Human Dimension Project – SHDP – was founded in 1990 and is based at Jesus College, Cambridge, a college of the University of Cambridge.

SHDP provides a high level forum for the discussion and debate of important questions and ethical dilemmas arising from cutting edge scientific and technology research. SHDP’s long established and unique position at the heart of the Cambridge academic community allows it access to world class researchers and an interdisciplinary network of scientists, philosophers, theologians, as well as leaders from technology, business and policy making.

Neutrality and independence – SHDP is a neutral forum and it addresses the most important questions facing humanity in a critical and independent way. The project is run on a not-for-profit basis.

Who participates?   SHDP events attract world class scientists and technologists, as well as leaders and senior decision makers from industry, government and the media.  Participants and speakers at Science and Human Dimension Project events have included:

  • Lord Martin Rees, former President of the Royal Society and former Master, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve CH CBE FRS FBA FMedSci, philosopher and politician
  • Oliver Sacks, MD, Physician, author, neurologist
  • Demis Hassabis, Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind
  • Jaan Tallinn, physicist, invester, Co-Founder, Skype 
  • Margaret Boden OBE, congnitive scientist and philosopher
  • Gerald Edelman, biologist and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Mary Midgely, philosopher
  • Sir Francis Crick OM FRS, biologist and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Sydney Brenner, biologist and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Freeman Dyson, physicist
  • Sir Anthony Kenny, philosopher
  • Lewis Wolpert, CBE FRS FRSL, developmental biologist
  • Professor John Searle, philosopher
  • George Steiner, philosopher and critic
  • Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, mathematical physicist
  • Professor Peter Atkins, chemist and author
  • Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, moral philosopher, University of Notre Dame
  • Brian Appleyard, journalist
  • John Naughton, CRASSH, University of Cambridge; Professor of Public Understanding of Technology, OU
  • Dame Marina Warner DBE FRSL, author
  • Michael Frayn, playwright and novelist
  • David Lodge, novelist
  • Professor John Barrow FRS, physicist and mathematician
  • John Polkinghorne, KBE FRS, physicist and priest
  • Patricia Churchland, neurobiologist
  • George Brock, Professor of Journalism, City University, former Foreign Editor, The Times
  • Margaret Hill, Chief Adviser, Editorial Policy, BBC
  • Sir Peter Lachmann FRS, Emeritus Professor of Immunology, Cambridge University
  • John Lloyd, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University
  • Christine Morgan, Executive Producer, BBC Religion and Ethics
  • Julius Lipner, Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion, Cambridge University
  • Andrew Brown, Editor, Comment is Free: Belief, The Guardian
  • Edward Stourton, journalist and presenter, BBC

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