Dr Alastair Noble

Dr Alastair Noble BSc PhD studied chemistry and did research work at the University of Glasgow and has been a teacher, adviser, schools inspector, and a senior manager with a Local Authority.  He has worked on educational programmes within the BBC, the CBI and the Health Service.  He has also been an educational consultant for CARE in Scotland and a Field Officer for School Leaders Scotland.  He is involved widely in lecturing and preaching and has a particular interest in the overlap of science and faith. 


Prof Timothy Standish

Timothy Standish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up in the Far East where his parents served as missionaries.  He completed a BS degree in zoology with a chemistry minor and an MS degree in Biology while studying brachiopods at Andrews University in Michigan. At George Mason University, he was awarded a Ph. D. in environmental biology and public policy based on his research into molecular techniques useful for identification and classification of nematode worms.


As an educator Dr. Standish has taught in colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, Austria, Kenya and the Philippines. He has also taught public high-school science classes in the United States and currently works closely with science teachers in Christian secondary and tertiary schools.


His publications cover topics ranging from the molecular basis of behavior in crickets, to Intelligent Design and public policy. In addition, he has authored many academic and popular publications dealing with faith and science. Production of films exploring the beautiful and elegant design evident in living things is another area in which he has been active. Interactions between science, faith and public policy are his primary interest at present. Dr. Standish is an active member of his church and holds the rank of Senior Scientist at the Geoscience Research Institute in Loma Linda, California.

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Dr Mart De Groot

Mart de Groot obtained his doctor’s degree (1969) in astronomy at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has worked 6 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, most of this period as resident astronomer on ESO’s La Silla mountain observatory. In 1976 he moved to Northern Ireland where he spent 24 years at the Armagh Observatory: 18 years as its director, and another 6 years as a senior research associate. He was granted an honorary ScD by Andrews University in Michigan, USA (1993). After early retirement, he entered the ministry, was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist minister, and has pastored several churches in the Irish Mission for 22 years. Now, retired again, he enjoys sharing what he has learned about the universe and its Creator. He is a member of Christians in Science and an associate member of the Society of Ordained Scientists. Mart is married to Willemien and they have 6 adult children.


Prof John Walton

John C. Walton (BSc, PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRSE) is a Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He had a traditional Grammar School education in England but moved to Scotland to start his academic career at the University of Dundee.  Subsequently, Lord John Tedder invited him to join the school of chemistry at St. Andrews University.   He is enthusiastic about research and is recognized as a world expert on free radicals.  He never tires of observing, through spectroscopic lenses, their entropic dances in chemical space and of trying to fathom their bonding rituals in chemistry and biology.   He has been visiting professor at several Universities in Europe as well as an invited guest on many occasions at the National Research Council of Canada.  He is a prolific science writer of hundreds of specialized papers as well as the books Free Radical Chemistry and Radicals.  He has a lively interest in matters relating to science and faith and has written numerous magazine articles and given invited talks on this theme in the UK and overseas.  He lives with his bonny wife in picturesque St. Andrews beside the grey-green sea.  He is an Elder in the Dundee Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

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Dr Birgir Óskarrson

Birgir Óskarsson is a geologist from Iceland specialized in volcanology. He works mapping old volcanic terrains in Iceland but is most happy when he gets to work with the real stuff, active volcanoes. He and is wife live in a small village on the south coast of Iceland and they have two energetic boys. 

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Dr Isabel Moraes

Isabel was born in Lisbon (Portugal) but has been living in England since 1996.  She obtained her PhD in Structural Biology from the University of Reading (UK) which after she completed her post doctorate studies at the London School of Pharmacy (UCL). Isabel worked as senior structural biologist in Evotec for a few years and, between 2010 and 2017, Isabel headed up the membrane protein laboratory at Diamond Light Source, the UK synchrotron facility, where she was responsible for the management of the facility, as well as its research. Later in 2017, Isabel Moraes joined The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that is a research company own by the UK government. At NPL, Isabel leads on the development of structural biology capabilities addressing the challenges of membrane proteins as drug targets, antimicrobial discovery and synthetic biology.

Isabel maintains an extensive network of collaborations in the field of membrane protein crystallography while providing consultancy to the industry. Her main research interests are focused on the structural biology of proteins, membrane protein targets of pharmaceutical relevance and time-resolved serial crystallography using free electron lasers.

Isabel is married and has one daughter.