Victorian churches and church halls have a reputation for being cold and draughty. It’s no wonder – they were designed when people wore a lot more clothing than we do and preferred lots of ventilation because they were worried about catching diseases from each other. On the other hand, these buildings are everywhere, and it would be a shame if they fell into disuse, not least because so many community groups rely on them. Science of Church is a new Edinburgh-based collaboration for anyone who has an interest in science and wants to study this fascinating problem, or just wants to help solve it. You can participate whether you’re a leading university scientist or still at school, and whether you feel you belong in a church or not – all are welcome.
Details of how we will be organizing ourselves and a way to keep in touch will be coming soon. Our current plans include study days, electronics hackerspaces, and networking for academics, architects, engineers, churches, and anyone else interested in this societal challenge. Although our main base is Edinburgh, and we will begin our practical exercises there, we hope to make contacts throughout Scotland. Science of Church is coordinated by Jean Carletta at the University of Edinburgh.