zaterdag, november 17, 2018 - 10:00
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Religion and science seem to be strange bedfellows. In a secular context such as the Netherlands, spiritual and academic worlds appear to be strictly separated. However, international students bring their own diverse worldviews with them when they come and study here. Is there a relationship between religion and science? Is science a religion in itself? And does spirituality have a role to play as a binding, motivating factor regarding ethical, gender and environmental issues? Explore these and other questions together with peers during the annual Interfaith Conference. The conference takes place on Saturday November 17 at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Prof. Cees Dekker

The annual Interfaith Conference invites you to an open-minded interaction with people from different walks of life. This year's theme is Faith in Science. The conference is organised by Initiative of Change Netherlands, the International Student Chaplaincy, and Haastu and hosted by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. Keynote speaker is Professor Cees Dekker (Technical University of Delft). He is a renowned physicist specialized in the field of nanotechnology and is actively involved in the discussion about the relationship between science and religion, a topic on which he co-edited several books.

Keynote speaker Cees Dekker

Prof. dr. Cees Dekker is a distinguished Professor at the Technical University of Delft. He is known for his research on carbon nanotubes, single-molecule biophysics, and nanobiology. He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dekker is a Christian and active in the discussion about the relationship between science and religion, a topic on which he co-edited several books. Dekker advocates that science and religion need not be in opposition to each other.


Dialogue Tables
After the plenary session we will continue the conversation on the conference theme in smaller groups in a so-called Dialogue Tables session. Every table has a different thought provoking statement to stimulate the conversation with other participants. During the session you will move from table to table so you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and views and listen to the views of participants in your group. 

Human Library
In this library, people are the ‘living books’ that engage visitors with stories and conversations. The ‘books’ all have a story to tell about their approaches to bridge the gap between religion and science. During the session there is space to listen, ask questions and start a conversation with the storytellers. 

Closing ceremony
At the of the day there is a musical performance followed by a closing plenary to wrap up the day. 

Children programme

For children between 4 and 12 years we offer a special programme during the main sessions. Want to register your children for this programme? Please send an email to  (include the age of your children) the team of the Interfaith Conference.

Registration and contribution

Please register through our online form.

Contribution is €5 for students and €10 for people with an income. It includes participation in the conference, lunch and tea/coffee. The fee should be paid upon arrival. Travel expenses (train second class within the Netherlands) will be refunded.

For questions please send an email to the team of the Interfaith Conference.


Interfaith Conference 2018