Ed Kessler is definitely not a scientist but he does enjoy thinking about the implications of the latest scientific discoveries for the rest of us. Ed is Founder Director of the Woolf Institute and a leading thinker in relations between religion and society. He was awarded an MBE for services to interfaith relations and has written or edited 12 books. Ed regularly appears in the media commenting on religion and belief issues of the day. Much of Ed’s academic work has been on examining Scripture as well as the encounters between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which has led him to visit numerous countries and realise that we have more in common than we realise but, in his view, it’s managing difference that is key. Ed is often found talking about various approaches for managing difference, which he argues, is vital in forming a positive identity and sustaining communities. As well as founding the Woolf Institute, Ed is a Fellow of St Edmunds College and a long suffering Arsenal supporter.