Scholar Arthur Petersen to Discuss Climate Change, Policy and Religion

March 25, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Arthur Petersen’s work as scholar, researcher and adviser lives at the intersection of science and religion.

He is a professor of science, technology and public policy at University College London, and is editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.

On April 21, Petersen will present “Climate Change: Science, Religion and Public Policy,” this year’s Niebuhr Lecture at Elmhurst University. The free lecture will be given in a virtual format, and all are welcome to attend.

Petersen has doctorates in atmospheric science, public policy and soon, theology. He joined University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy after more than 13 years’ work as a scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy for the Dutch government. He also served as chief scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and is a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

“Climate Change: Science, Religion and Public Policy” will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, in a virtual format. Admission is free but reservations are required. An access link will be provided closer to the event date. For more information or questions, call (630) 617-5186 to leave a message, or email

The Niebuhr Lecture is Elmhurst University’s oldest lecture. It features theologians and religious scholars, primarily in the tradition of the United Church of Christ. The series honors Elmhurst alumni Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, widely considered to be among the foremost American theologians of the 20th century.

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