Who are we?
About The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
The Faraday Institute team helps people to explore life’s big questions, especially those about science and religion. We do research, make resources, and we teach, train and speak to people in schools, colleges, the scientific community, religious groups and lots of other places too.
The Faraday Institute is linked to University of Cambridge. We started in 2006 (as part of St. Edmund’s College) and are now an independent charitable organisation and a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation.
What we do, and why
From research, and our work, we know that lots of children and young people have big, exciting questions about how science and religious faith interact. But it isn’t always easy for teachers, parents and others to find time and resources to help young people explore these ideas. We want to help!
We are working hard to provide ways for children, young people and those who influence them to explore their big questions. We think this is really important because these big questions impact how people think about life, and that thinking can affect the way we shape the world we live in as we grow up.
Visits and training
We love to run fun, interactive sessions all over the UK (and beyond!) with young people of all ages. Sometimes we invite other scientists and theologians to join in too! Since 2013, thousands of young people have enjoyed these opportunities to explore positive science-faith interactions through hands-on, question-based sessions in schools, churches and all kinds of other contexts.
We also run training for teachers, youth workers, budding science and/or faith communicators and others who have the opportunity to help young people explore science-faith interactions.
We try to recommend the best resources available to help young people explore positive science-faith interactions. We review materials made by others and also work with world-class publishers and content creators to produce our own high-quality resources, from story books to interactive games and activities. We’re always working on more and updating our websites with our new favourites!
See our resources page and keep checking in for new releases and exclusive offers.
If you know of any relevant resources that you think we should review, or you’d like to talk to us about working with our team to publish a resource you have created or are dreaming up, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch!
How we do what we do
The aim of our programme is to help and encourage everyone to use reliable information and well-thought-through ideas to explore and talk about big questions. An important part of this is equipping young people to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with different people, ideas and beliefs.
Some of our work and resources focus particularly on the relationship between science and the Christian faith. This is mostly because we are asked lots of questions about how science and Christianity fit together, and our Youth and Schools team members each hold a personal Christian faith. The Faraday Institute’s ethos (the code that helps us think about how we do our work and interact with people) is also based on Christian ideas.
Although we sometimes have a particular focus on the Christian faith, we love to engage with people with any or no religious background, and have had great fun doing so in all kinds of schools and other contexts. Through our work, young people from a whole range of different faiths and worldviews have the chance to explore their questions with those who have spent many years thinking about these ideas, and are well respected within the mainstream scientific and theological communities.
Please get in touch if you have questions about how our ethos influences our work.