July 3, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Online & Cambridge

Registration is now open

Sunday 3rd July – Friday 8th July, 2022

Theme: Science and Faith Perspectives on the Art of Being Human

What does it mean to be human? What is the significance of human life on planet earth? How do science and faith perspectives on such questions relate to each other? How have these perspectives changed through history to the present day? These questions underlie the theme of this year’s Faraday Institute Summer Course which will bring together insights from science, philosophy and theology on a broad range of topics including artificial intelligence, cosmology, medicine and physics, and touch on themes of beauty, freedom, suffering and truth.

This course is aimed at University students or graduates from any background. No formal training in science, philosophy 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.

Venue: The course will be hosted in Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, a short walk from the heart of historic Cambridge and the river Cam.

Schedule: A provisional schedule outline is available here. A list of confirmed speakers is provided below.

Note: the number of in-person tickets is strictly limited by the lecture venue – book early to avoid disappointment!

Ticket types and Costs:

In-Person Attendance:

Includes participation in the full course program plus all lunches, dinners and refreshments from 3pm on Sunday 3rd July until 3pm on Friday 8th July at the course venue. An immersion experience in Cambridge with opportunity to meet other participants, speakers and Faraday Institute staff informally during meals and breaks. An optional outing to the Whipple Museum on Wednesday afternoon will be arranged. Places are limited to a maximum of 50 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.


Online-only: regular ticket £150, student ticket: £75.

In-person [Non-Residential]: regular ticket £750, student ticket £475 – [initial deposit £300]

Special rate B&B single accommodation @ Lucy Cavendish College for 5 nights: £250. 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 15th May 2022. 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.

Help Sponsor a Student

The activities and resources provided by The Faraday Institute are entirely dependent on charitable grants and donations. If you would like to help us make subsidised student places and scholarships available for this and future courses, please visit our support page.

Scholarships & Bursaries

A small number of scholarships and bursaries may be available to allow attendance at a reduced cost. Please visit the scholarships page to find out more.

Any questions please email: events@faraday.cam.ac.uk

Illustrations from the Wonders of the Living World Project, Danny Allison, © Lion Hudson IP Limited, www.wondersofthelivingworld.org

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Francis Collins – Plenary (online, two talks)

‘With All Your Mind’

‘Truth in Crisis: an Appeal to the Better Angels of People of Faith’

Dr Denis Alexander ‘Introduction to Science and Faith’

Graham BuddArtificial Intelligence: Humanity in the Age of AI’

Prof. Paul EwartOrder, Randomness & the Meaning of Life’

Prof. Rebecca Fitzgerald FMedSciCancer Medicine: Science or Art?’

Revd Dr David Gregory ‘Seeking the Divine in Scientific Imagery’

Dr Deborah Haarsma ‘God, Humans, and the Multiverse’

Prof. Lydia Jaeger ‘Human Liberty in a World Described by Science’

Prof. Tom McLeish FRSTowards a Wisdom-Based Theology of Science

Prof. Sujit Sivasundaram  ‘Global History of Science and Religion’

Prof. Christopher Southgate ‘Being Human in the Light of Natural Disasters’

Prof. Brandon VaidyanathanBeauty and Religiosity in Science’

Prof. Cara Wall-Scheffler ‘Evolutionary Anthropological Perspectives on Becoming Human’

We look forward to welcoming you there!

How to register

To register for a place on The Faraday Summer Course 2022, choose your ticket type below and submit the registration form online.

Any questions please email: events@faraday.cam.ac.uk

Ticket Selector

Full Price [Non-Residential]

Initial Deposit £300 – 9 ticket(s) remaining


Student Price [Non-Residential]

Initial Deposit £300 – 6 ticket(s) remaining


Full Price [Online Only]


Student Price [Online Only]