2022 Science & Religion Summer School

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (IHR, NHRF) and the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), in collaboration with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (HPS, UoA), are pleased to announce the organization of the 2022 International Summer School on Science and Religion on the island of Crete, Greece.


The one-week intensive summer school aims to provide participants with knowledge of the history of the relations between Christianity and Science as well as with an in-depth knowledge of the relations between Orthodox Christianity and Science. It is addressed to undergraduate and postgraduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and researchers in the field of Religion, Science, History, Philosophy, Technology, Didactics, Theology, as well as to those interested in the interconnection between religion and science.


The Summer School is held from 13 to 17 June 2022. The instructors are researchers from the IHR, HNRF, and other prestigious research and educational institutions of Greece, as well as the renowned professors Peter Harrison (University of Queensland, Australia; University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and Jaume Navarro (University of the Basque Country, Spain). All have extensive experience in the study of Science and Religion. 


The IHR, NHRF is implementing the international project SOW - Science & Orthodoxy around the World since 2016, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.


The lectures and workshops, as well as accommodation, will take place on the premises of the Orthodox Academy of Crete at Kolymvari, Crete where the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church took place in 2016. The courses will be taught in English and will be offered to a limited number of applicants who will be selected by the summer-school scientific committee.


All participants will receive a certificate of participation.


2022 Program


Monday, June 13

09.30 - 11.30  Historiography and bibliography on science and religion

(Peter Harrison)

12.00 - 13.30  Orthodox Christianity and the sciences: an overview

(Efthymios Nicolaidis)

16.00 - 18.30  Workshop: The interaction of Science and Religion as a historiographical problem

(Jaume Navarro, Kostas Tampakis)


Tuesday, June 14

09.30 - 11.30  The first encounter between science and Christianity: The Hexaemerons of the Greek fathers of the Church

(Efthymios Nicolaidis)

12.00 - 13.30  The debate on nature and the Cosmos during the 6th century: John Philoponus and Cosmas Indicopleustes 

(Efthymios Nicolaidis)

16.00 - 18.30  Workshop: Nature and the Divine in the Middle Ages

(Jaume Navarro, Kostas Tampakis)


Wednesday, June 15

09.30 - 11.30  Islam, Orthodox Christianity, and the sciences in the Ottoman Empire 

(George Vlahakis)

12.00 – 13.30  Conceptions of sciences and knowledge of the natural world in Byzantium. Prominent figures, selected writings, and related modern bibliography

(Eudoxie Delli)

16.00 - 18.30  Workshop: Natural Sciences, Christianities, Modernity

(Jaume Navarro, Kostas Tampakis)


Thursday, June 16

09.30 - 11.30  Newton, Newtonianism and religion 

(George Vlahakis)

12.00 – 13.30  Religion and contemporary science 

(Peter Harrison)

16.00 - 18.30  Workshop: Perceptions of Science and Religion 

(Jaume NavarroKostas Tampakis)


Friday, June 17

09.30 - 11.30   The notion of nature in Orthodox theology

(George Ventis)

12.00 – 13.30  Contemporary trends in the relations between Orthodox Christianity and Psychology-Psychoanalysis

(Eudoxie Delli)

16.00 - 18.30  Workshop: Ideologies, Science, Religion

(Jaume Navarro, Kostas Tampakis)



Eudoxie Delli, Assoc. Researcher, Academy of Athens, Greece

Jaume Navarro, Ikerbasque Research Professor, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Efthymios Nicolaidis, Research Director, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

Peter Harrison, University of Queensland, Australia; University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Kostas Tampakis, Assoc. Researcher, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

George Ventis, Asst. Professor, Department of Theology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

George Vlahakis, Assoc. Professor, Hellenic Open University, Greece

(Note: Prof. Ronald Numbers, who had been initially on the program, will not be participating)



Applications are closed for 2022.


For more information, please write to: [email protected]









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