Theme: The Art and Science of Human Health and Spirituality

Dates:  Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July, 2024
Venue: Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and Online

Programme [pdf]

Science touches every aspect of life – from how it begins and how it ends, to how it is lived in between. The same, of course, is true of religion. Looking the other way, every aspect of life touches science – from politics and power, to understanding the roots of creativity and communication. And the same, of course, is true of religion. This one-week course considers this rich interplay: how science, religion, medicine, and the arts mutually inform, illuminate, and enrich one another.

The course draws together expert speakers from across diverse disciplines to address these topics, though it does not assume that attendees have any formal training in any or all of the topics covered. Many of the speakers have a personal religious – often Christian – faith, though the talks are intended for those of any faith or none.

Join us at Lucy Cavendish College, a short walk from the heart of historic Cambridge and the river Cam. Online participation, live streaming and catchup viewing will also be made available to support delegates in different time zones.


Graham Budd – The Future of AI in Healthcare: Better than Humans?

Dr Michael Burdett – Visions of Death

Prof. Ben Doolittle – Priest, Prophet, Physician

Dr Pui Him Ip – Human Health and Spirituality

Prof. Søren Holm – Philosophical Perspectives on the Ethics of Biotechnology

Dr Tim Howles – The Science and Religion of Ecology: Thinking Beyond The Individual

Dr Pavlína Kašparová – Art, Spirituality and Healing

Dr Sarah Qidwai – Science and Religion through a Colonial Lens

Prof. Brandon Rickabaugh – Who Are We Now? Subversive Effects for a Science of the Soul of AI

Prof. Per T. Sangild – Beginning of Life: Science and Faith Perspectives

Revd Dr Charlotte Sleigh – How The Medium Meets the Message in Science and Religion






Dr Férdia Stone-Davis – Knowing Through Music: Insights for Scientific and Religious Understanding

Prof. Judith Wolfe – A Narnian View of Technology






Ticket types and Costs:

In-Person Attendance:

Includes participation in the full course program plus all lunches, dinners and refreshments from the evening of Sunday 30th June until lunchtime on Friday 5th July at the course venue. An immersive experience in Cambridge with opportunity to meet other participants, speakers and Faraday Institute staff informally during meals and breaks. Places are limited to a maximum of 30 people.

Online Attendance:

Includes participation in the full course program, including live Q&A sessions and Meet the Speaker events, through Zoom webinars and meetings, as well as access to talk recordings and supplementary online materials.



Regular ticket £175

Online only – student ticket: £95.

In-person [Excluding accommodation]:

Early Bird Ticket (deadline 30th April) £895,

Standard Ticket (deadline 31st May) £1145 – [initial deposit £300]

Special rate B&B single accommodation @ Lucy Cavendish College for 5 nights: £355.

A booking link will be sent to all in-person ticket holders.


For in person attendance, a deposit of £300 is required to reserve a place, with full payment due by Friday 31st May. In the case of cancellation, the maximum refund will be the difference between in-person and online attendance, and such refunds are not guaranteed. No tickets for pro rata attendance are available. Attendees remain fully responsible for their own travel, accommodation, insurance and incidental costs. We are unable to provide letters for visa purposes. For student tickets, evidence of full-time student status (undergraduate or postgraduate) will be required. Student tickets are highly subsidised and the number made available will depend on level of designated donation support received.

Time commitment and time zones

Sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Virtual Learning Environment. These recordings will allow you to catch content you miss (e.g., because of a medical appointment or an internet connection issue), and will remain available following the end of the Summer Course.

Help Sponsor a Student

If you are able, please consider donating to support a student to attend via our ‘Support Us’ page.

Scholarships & Bursaries

A limited number of partial scholarships and bursaries may be available to allow online attendance at a reduced cost to those from low cost-of-living countries. Please visit the scholarships page to find out more.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cambridge!

How to register:

To register for a place on The Faraday Summer Course 2024, choose your ticket type below and submit the registration form online.

If you are having any technical issues in making payments please email:

This course is running in partnership with the University of Copenhagen Science, Spirituality and Human Health Course

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