Life in this world produces an ever-increasing range of challenges, whether Covid-19, the climate emergency, medical ethics or finding meaning and purpose. Science and Faith both give us ways to understand and respond to these challenges, especially when they work together.

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Summer Course 2021 will feature 13 leading academics in 10 fields of study including; Behaviour and Ecology, Climate Science, Genetics, History of Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Philosophy and Theology of Science, Physics and Space Exploration.

Join us online to explore this subject in some depth in the company of a group of top academics and hear them speak about their science and how it impacts their faith.

Each day will have a different theme:
Science and Faith in History and Society
Science and Faith in Origins and Evolution
Science and Faith in Shaping the Universe
Science and Faith: All in the Mind?
Science and Faith in Caring for the Environment

From Sunday 4th July to Friday 9th July we shall be hosting two or three webinars given by an array of international speakers highly qualified in their individual fields. There will also be some opportunity for on-line discussion.

This course is aimed at students or university graduates from any background. No formal training in science or theology is assumed. Although many of the speakers have a personal Christian faith, the talks are intended for those of all faiths or none.

Cost: Regular ticket: £75, Student ticket: £25.




In 2021 The Faraday Institute will offer the following programme:

Sunday 4th July – Plenary Public Lecture
3pm A Life in Science and Religion Revd Prof. Alister McGrath
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Monday 5th July – Science and Faith in History and Society
10am Introduction to Science and Faith Revd Prof. Alister McGrath
12pm Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion Prof. Peter Harrison
3.45pm Meet the Faraday Team: Working with Youth & Schools Lizzie Henderson & Steph Bryant
4pm A Life of Science and Faith Dr Denis Alexander

Tuesday 6th July – Science and Faith in Origins and Evolution
10am Understanding Origins from Scientific and Biblical Perspectives Revd Dr Ernest Lucas
2pm Cultural Evolution in a Faith Context Prof. David Lahti
4pm Out of Africa: Where Faith, Race, and Science Collide Prof. Joseph Graves
5.15pm Meet the Speakers – Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Prof. David Lahti, Prof. Joseph Graves

Wednesday 7th July – Science and Faith in Shaping the Universe
10am Do the Laws of Physics Determine Everything? Prof. Barbara Drossel
2pm Astrophysics and a Universe Leading to Life Dr Jennifer Wiseman
5.30pm Mathematics and the Art of Being Human Prof. Satyan Devadoss

Thursday 8th July – Science and Faith: All in the Mind?
1pm  With God in Mind: Scientific Insights into Belief Formation Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie
4pm Of Two Minds: A Neuroscientist Balances Science and Faith Prof. Bill Newsome
5.15pm Meet the Speakers –Prof. Satyan Devadoss, Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie, Prof. Bill Newsome

Friday 9th July – Science and Faith in Caring for the Environment
10.45am Meet the Faraday Team: Engaging with Churches Ruth Bancewicz
11am Blue Planet, Blue God: Caring for the Oceans Prof. Meric Srokosz
2pm Climate Change: Loving our Global Neighbour Prof. Katharine Hayhoe


  • All times are in BST (GMT+1 / UCT+1 / London UK time)
  • Registered participants will have access to recordings of the talks
  • The programme is provisional and timings may change
  • Lectures are 1 h including Q&A (Zoom webinar, recorded)
  • Meet the Speakers events are 1 h 15 min including Q&A (Zoom meeting, not recorded)

We look forward to welcoming you there!


Faraday Scholarships and Bursaries

For those unable to afford a regular or student ticket, a limited number of Faraday Scholarships and Bursaries are available. Bursary and Scholarship Applications are now closed.


How to apply

To apply for a place on Interaction of Science and Faith in a Challenging World, fill in the application form below and submit online.

Cancellations will be accepted up until 1 June 2021 and will be refunded less an administrative charge of £10.

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