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About GCRI

About the GCRI

The GCRI is named after the distinguished Australian scientist and surgeon, Professor Graeme Clark, 2010 recipient of the prestigious Lister Medal and many other national and international honours. Professor Clark, for whom science is fully compatible with his Christian faith, pioneered the multi-channel cochlear implant for severe-to profound deafness, the first clinically successful sensory interface between the world and human consciousness. He is the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Bionic Ear and Neurosensory Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and currently leads the bionics program of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence on Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

The institute’s Inaugural Director is Rev Dr Graham Buxton. For information about the members of the Executive team visit the Contacts page.

Strategic partnerships

The Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor has begun to establish strategic partnerships with key institutions in Australia and overseas, with whom a number of collaborative research projects and discussions are currently under way. The organizations include:

  • The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at Cambridge University, UK – (link);
  • The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST) – (link); and
  • St John’s College, Durham University, UK - (link).

GCRI Resource Centre

The Resource Centre of the Graeme Clark Research Institute (GCRI) brings together one of the most significant collections of science and religion books, journals, papers, DVDs and other items in the Southern Hemisphere.  The already significant collection of Tabor was expanded greatly by the winning of a set of the International Society of Science and Religion Library late in 2011, worth over $15,000.  The growing collection, together with the new and innovative cataloguing system, have made available a resource that will significantly assist students, faculty and researchers interested in any area of the science and faith interface.

The GCRI Resource Centre has a number of functions besides serving as a specialist science-religion library:

  • A reading and study room for faculty and students
  • A study room for members of the public (by appointment)
  • A meeting room for small seminars and discussion groups
  • A specialist facility offering expertise in the science-religion field


Advisory Board

Several distinguished international scholars have agreed to join Prof. Graeme Clark and a number of local Advisory Board members in order to assist Tabor in the development of the GCRI. They are:

  • Dr Denis Alexander, Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmunds College, Cambridge;
  • Professor Joel Green, Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies and Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA;
  • Rev Dr David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society;
  • Professor Nancy Cromar, Deputy Dean of the School of the Environment and Professor of Environmental Health at Flinders University, Adelaide;
  • Rev Dr Denis Edwards, Lecturer in Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at Flinders University, Adelaide;
  • Professor Howard Fallowfield, Professor of Environmental Health in the School of the Environment at Flinders University;
  • Dr Greg Pike, Director of the Adelaide-based Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, an independent institution committed to research into important bioethical issues; and
  • Emeritus Professor John Pilbrow, past Chair of Physics at Monash University in Victoria, and President of the Australian Institute of Physics (1999-2000).