About PARKS at ONE

PARKS at ONE is a series of monthly lunchtime talks which aim to connect the Christian faith with the everyday lives of all those who work on the Cambridge Science, Innovation and Business Parks. 

It's free, there is no need to book and everyone is welcome – whether you a person of faith, curious about the big questions of life, or just interested in finding out more about the Christian faith.

We meet at 1pm in the Trinity Centre conference suite on the Science Park and  finish by 1.35pm allowing you to get on with your working day.

Food and drink can be purchased from the cafe adjacent to the conference suite or you are welcome to bring your own food and eat during the talk.

Next meeting:

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 1pm, Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park

Live to work or work to live?

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have greater meaning.” Malcolm Gladwell

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” Abraham Lincoln

Most of us are deeply engaged in our work. Many of us, when we are not officially working are still turning over work problems and solutions in our minds. Some of fail to take our full allowance of holidays. Do we live to work or work to live?

It begs the big question - What is the purpose of our work? Why do we do what we do? Is life meant to be a subset of work or work a subset of life? 

We were delighted to welcome Professor Russell Cowburn to helping us navigate our topic.

Prof Cowburn is the founder of three start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’. He has been granted over 60 patents as a scientist and is a fellow of the Royal Society.

research interests are in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics, optics and healthcare.  He is the winner of the 2006 Degussa Science to Business Award, the 2007 Hermes International Technology Award and the 2016 Royal Society Paterson Medal. He was one of the 2015 IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers and has held two ERC grants. 

Prof Cowburn is also a Christian who seeks to apply God’s mind to every area of life, including his approach to work as a scientist. In this talk he will give us a startling perspective on the very purpose of work and offer examples of how his faith has influenced his professional scientific life.