About The Faraday Institute
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is a world-leading interdisciplinary research and dissemination institute for science and religion, based in Cambridge, UK.
Founded in 2006 (as part of St. Edmund’s College), it is now an independent charitable organisation with membership of the Cambridge Theological Federation, an affiliate of Cambridge University.
The mission of The Faraday Institute is to shed new light on life’s big questions through academically rigorous research in the field of science and religion; to provide life-changing resources for those with interests in science and faith through research dissemination, education and training; and, to catalyse a change in attitude towards science and faith, through outreach to schools, colleges, the scientific community, religious institutions and the general public.
About The Faraday Institute Youth and Schools Programme
Our work is stimulated by research and experience which demonstrates that the majority of children and young people have important 'Big Questions' about the interactions of science and religious faith but that these generally go unexplored as teachers, parents and others with influence are often under-resourced to support them. Our work aims to equip children, young people and those who influence them with opportunities and resources to explore these questions, recognising that they can have significant and long-term impact on the worldviews and societies developed as these young people grow up.
The Faraday Institute’s work has always included outreach to young people and since 2013 we have been developing a wide-reaching and successful programme, providing opportunities for thousands of young people of all ages to explore positive science-faith interactions through accessible interactive sessions and training for those in positions of influence.
See our visits page for more information.
We review and recommend helpful resources produced by others, as well as working with world-leading publishers and others to produce our own high-quality resources, from story books to interactive games and activities. We have several resources currently in production and this website is regularly updated with information and access to new material.
See our resources page for those which have been published and watch this space for new releases and exclusive offers!
We also welcome recommendation of relevant resources for review and submission of proposals for publication of new resources with support from our team. Please get in touch if you have created or know of resources which might complement those on this website in supporting the communication of positive science-faith interactions to children, young people and those who influence them.
About our Ethos
The Faraday Institute has a Christian ethos and the Co-Directors of the Youth and Schools Programme hold personal Christian faith. Accordingly, and due to the high proportion of questions asked regarding science and Christianity, certain elements of our work and resources focus on the relationship between science and the Christian faith. However, the aim of the programme is not to advocate any one particular viewpoint but to encourage informed, accurate and respectful engagement with a wide diversity of opinions concerning interactions between scientific and religious thinking.
We cater to groups with any or no religious background and successful events have been hosted in a wide variety of schools and other contexts across the UK, bringing young people from a whole range of different faiths and worldviews together with session leaders who are well respected within the mainstream science community and deeply knowledgeable about religious faith.
Please get in touch if you have questions about how our ethos influences our work.