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Frequently asked questions

Why not broaden the invitation to scientists from any religious community?

Actually we thought about doing just that, but then realized that the numbers might be more than we could handle and budget for. This inaugural event is somewhat experimental, so lets see how this one goes first.

Does it matter about my denominational affiliation?

Absolutely not, this is an ecumenical occasion. All those who self-identify as Christians are welcome, including those who have no particular church affiliation.

What is the purpose of the discussion groups?

We are hoping that these will not only provide an opportunity for Christians to meet other like-minded people from their own discipline, but also that the groups will discuss some of the challenges of being a Christian in that particular discipline, as well as coming up with ideas as to what further activities and resources might be useful.

I am not sure whether to count myself as a ‘scientist’ for the purposes of this invitation.

Always a tricky one this! But we are fully expecting to welcome plenty of engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, medics involved in research and experimental psychologists, but probably not those from the social sciences. There is a fuzzy demarcation line somewhere (no-one knows quite where it is) but if you self-identify as a scientist, then do come.

I am a retired scientist living in Cambridge – can I come?

Yes do come, especially if you have a graduate degree in science and have spent a good part of your life in the scientific community.

I teach science in a local school – is the invite for me?

Sorry, but no. The focus is really on those who are actively doing science within the scientific community. But if you are interested in having a Faraday Institute speaker come and speak in your school, then do contact Eleanor Puttock at the Institute by emailing epmp2@cam.ac.uk. You might also be interested in the Faraday Schools resources.

I am working at a place like the Sanger Centre or The Babraham Institute just outside Cambridge – is the invite for me?

Yes indeed, all those working in the famous Cambridge ‘research corridor’ are especially welcome.

I am working in a local company as a scientist – is the invite for me?

Certainly

I teach science in a local school – is the invite for me?

Sorry, but no. The focus is really on those who are actively doing science within the scientific community. But if you are interested in having a Faraday Institute speaker come and speak in your school, then do contact Eleanor Puttock at the Institute by emailing epmp2@cam.ac.uk. You might also be interested in the Faraday Schools resources.

I am a science undergraduate – is the invite for me?

Sorry, but no. Once you start on graduate studies in Cambridge you would be welcome to a future event.

I am a church vicar, priest, minister or pastor who used to be active in the scientific community – is the invite for me?

If you have a postgraduate degree in a science topic, then certainly.