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Summer Course 15: Telling a better story – why Faith and Science belong together

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: June 28 - July 3, 2020

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2020
Deadline for Bursary applications: January 31, 2020

Aim of Course

Faith and science are often seen as uncomfortable bed-fellows. However, this has not always been so. This course examines the ways in which Faith and Science speak to each other in contemporary society and explores the theological and ethical issues which this dialogue raises.

Come and spend a week in the summer at Lucy Cavendish College in the heart of Cambridge University and 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. Leading the course will be the staff of the Faraday Institute -  Prof. Bob White, Prof Keith Fox, Prof Hugh Rollinson, Dr Denis Alexander, Rev. Dr Rodney Holder, Rev. Dr Roger Abbott, Dr Ruth Bancewicz and other academics from the UK and beyond.

This course is open to people of all faiths and none, and to scientists and non-scientists alike.

Themes for individual days

  • Day 1. A better story about the nature of reality
  • Day 2. A better story about origins
  • Day 3. Telling the better story – communicating faith and science
  • Day 4. A better story about human identity
  • Day 5. A better story about the environment


  • Standard Residential - £740     Standard Non-Residential - £325
  • Student Residential - £350        Student Non-Residential - £150
  • Deposit £100 (non-refundable)


There are 5 nights of accommodation that are included in the prices above. This is from arrivals on Sunday 28th June (afternoon) until Friday 3rd July (morning). If you need accommodation either side of these dates you will need to make your own arrangements.


Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.


The course will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from the Woolf Building, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking.  The College is a short taxi-ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes.

 Location map for Lucy Cavendish College.

Application Form


Standard Residential - £740

Standard Non-Residential - £325

Student Residential - £350

Student Non-Residential - £150

Course Schedule

Schedule is currently being finalised.