Science Human

About SHDP

The Science and Human Dimension Project – SHDP – was founded in 1990 and is based at Jesus College in 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 has a long established position at the heart of the academic community in Cambridge, as well as a wide network of thought leaders from government, industry and the media.

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Who we work with

SHDP has a successful track record of working with leaders in research, industry, government and the media to organise conferences as well as promote outreach via conference reports, books and journalism to a wide audience. Nature, New Scientist, Oxford University Press, the Templeton Foundation, DeepMind (Google), and the University of Cambridge.




Who participates?

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

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

Oliver Sacks, MD

Physician, author, neurologist

Dr Simone Schnall

Director, Cambridge Body, Mind and Behaviour Laboratory and Fellow Jesus College, Cambridge

Demis Hassabis

Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind

Neil Lawrence

DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning, University of Cambridge

Eileen Hunt Botting

Professor of Politics, University of Notre Dame

Dr Beth Singler

Homerton College, Cambridge; Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Jaan Tallinn

Physicist, investor, Co-Founder, Skype

Margaret Boden OBE

Cognitive scientist and philosopher

Gerald Edelman

Biologist and Nobel Prize Winner

Mary Midgely


Sir Francis Crick OM FRS

Biologist and Nobel Prize Winner

Sydney Brenner

Biologist and Nobel Prize Winner

Freeman Dyson


Dr Andrew Davison

Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Sir Anthony Kenny


Dr Ron Chrisley

Director, Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Sussex; Visitor Scholar, Stanford University

Dr Marta Halina

Lecturer in the Philosophy & Psychology of Cognitive Science, University of  Cambridge

Professor Kathleen Richardson

Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI, De Montfort University

Lewis Wolpert

CBE FRS FRSL, Developmental biologist

Murray Shanahan

Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London; and DeepMind

John Searle


Monica Lam

Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

George Steiner

Philosopher and critic

Dr Fenella Cannell

Reader in Social Anthropology, LSE

Sir Roger Penrose

Nobel Prize Winner for Physics

Elizabeth Oldfield

Director, Theos

Dr Abigail Sellen

Microsoft Research

Dr Igor Perisic

Chief Data Officer, LinkedIn

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor, Financial Times

Sumit Paul-Choudhury

Writer, Journalist, Former Editor, New Scientist

Professor Peter Atkins

Chemist and author

Janet Soskice

Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge

Alasdair MacIntyre

Moral philosopher, University of Notre Dame

John Naughton

CRASSH, Professor of Public Understanding of Technology

Brian Appleyard


Dame Marina Warner

DBE FRSL, Author

Michael Frayn

Playwright and novelist

David Lodge


Professor John Barrow FRS

Physicist and mathematician

John Polkinghorne

KBE FRS, physicist and priest

Patricia Churchland


Margaret Hill

Chief Adviser, Editorial Policy, BBC

Jon Crowcroft FRS FREng

Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, University of Cambridge; Alan Turing Institute

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

Professor Jean Bacon

Computer Science; Fellow, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism; broadcaster

Joy Green

Forum for the Future

Dr Andrew Serazin

President, Templeton World Charity Foundation

Dr Anders Sandberg

Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford


SHDP People

Jonathan S. Cornwell
Jonathan S. Cornwell

Executive Director

Dr Tudor Jenkins
Dr Tudor Jenkins

Member, SHDP Advisory Board

Nathan Brooker
Nathan Brooker

Member, SHDP Advisory Board

  • SHDP Advisors

    • - Professor Lord Martin Rees, former President, The Royal Society; former Master, Trinity College Cambridge
    • - Professor Alasdair Compston, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Cambridge
    • - Professor John Naughton, Emeritus Professor, Public Understanding of Technology (OU) and Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
    • - Sumit Paul-Choudhury, former Editor in Chief, New Scientist


  • Acknowledgments
  • For their support of the SHDP since its founding, and for the AI & the Future of Humanity project we thank the following:
  • - The Master and Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge
  • - Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF)
  • - Professor Kathleen Richardson, Professor of the Ethics & Culture of Robots and AI, De Montfort University
  • - Professor Janet Sockice, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • - Dr Simone Schnall, Jesus College, Cambridge; Director, Cambridge Body, Mindy & Behaviour Lab
  • - Dr Beth Singler, Homerton College, Cambridge
  • - Dr Elisabeth Schimpfössl, Aston University
  • - Professor Adam Roberts, Professor of English, RHUL
  • - Rev’d Dr Paul Dominiak, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • - Rev’d Dr Tim Jenkins, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • - Dr Adrian Weller, The Alan Turing Institute
  • - Professor Murray Shanahan, Imperial College and DeepMind
  • - Sam Thorp

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.