Human Nature Exploration

– A joint programme of Agora for Biosystems and Sigtunastiftelsen

HumaNatE is an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international dialogue forum for the exploration of the human nature. HumaNatE is primarily funded by a grant from The John Templeton Foundation.

The objectives of HumaNatE are to explore the roots of human perception, intention and behavior, with initial focus on the human capacity to adapt and innovate. HumaNatE points to the importance of religion and values/ethics as complementary to science, with three levels of exploration:

1) International workshops and conferences with significant individuals from natural sciences, the humanities, philosophy and religion giving their perspective on thematic issues

2) Establishing a web-forum with video recorded interviews and conferences, together with proper academic and popular publications

3) Developing HumaNatE as a node for the international dialogue and interchange over these issues. Science education for theologians is another objective.

We envision HumaNatE to be a long-lived infra-structure project linked to several separately funded sub-projects. A core group from Agora for Biosystems and the Sigtuna Foundation are managing the project with consultation from an international advisory board. The project has strong support from national and international renowned scientists and scholars. The location in secularized Sweden is also significant to the project.

An important part of the HumaNatE activities is constituted by meetings of various character and scope, such as conferences, symposia, workshops, and dialogue seminars. These are mostly open to the public, but in some cases by invitation only. In addition to these outreaching activities, we also have a dialogue group that meets regularly, with the aim of deepening the exploration of the nature of human beings and our place in Universe. This dialogue group is also preparing and handling the various outreach activities, including publishing.

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For further information please contact

Hans Liljenström, director of Agora for Biosystems,, +46-(0)18-671728

Alf Linderman, director of Sigtuna Foundation,, +46-(0)8-59258910