Together with Lizzie Henderson, Steph Bryant coordinates the three main strands of the Youth and Schools Programme: workshops for children and young people; training for teachers and influencers; and book and resource production (each supported by and feeding into educational research). This work is supported by a number of grants on which Steph and Lizzie are PIs.
Steph holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University specialising in Conservation Science, Ecology, Physiology, and Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology. She has been involved various conservation and communication projects since graduating, from studying wolves in Bulgaria, to frogs and salmon in Canada, and working with local communities and landowners to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Steph is fascinated by the interactions of science and faith, and previously worked to coordinate the God and the Big Bang project, a Church of England schools’ science and faith communication project. She enjoys working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, worldviews and ages and is particularly passionate about encouraging consideration of the roles and responsibilities that faith groups have in caring for the natural world.
Together with Steph Bryant, Lizzie Henderson coordinates the three main strands of the Youth and Schools Programme: workshops for children and young people; training for teachers and influencers; and book and resource production (each supported by and feeding into educational research). This work is supported by a number of grants on which Steph and Lizzie are PIs.
Lizzie holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology, Geology and the History and Philosophy of Science. She has long held a strong interest in the communication and public understanding of the interactions of science and faith and has also worked with children and young people in a variety of contexts for many years.
Lizzie has been building the Faraday Institute’s Youth and Schools Programme since 2013 and has seen many thousands of students respond enthusiastically to the combination of hands-on science with honest, dynamic and thought-provoking discussion about science, faith and their interactions. She also consults and advises on several collaborative projects working to develop new, inter-disciplinary approaches to education.
Cathy Priest is responsible for the ongoing development of the training programmes offered by the Youth and Schools team to support and equip teachers, church youth workers, early-career scientists and other parties interested in exploring science-faith interactions with children and young people.
Cathy holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Pathology. While at university she also helped lead the Christian Union. She then decided to use her passion for science to teach and has taught in secondary schools in the UK and abroad for 20 years, including leading Biology and Physics departments. In 2011 she completed a Master's degree in Educational Research, from the University of Cambridge, exploring factors affecting teacher wellbeing. She now divides her time between her work with the Faraday Institute which she joined in 2020, her role as a teacher trainer for Cambridge Assessment and her family.
As a wholehearted Christian with a love for science and teaching, Cathy is keen to help those who work with young people to feel equipped and excited to explore these big important topics with their young people.
Youth and Schools Programme Officer and Researcher
Cara Parrett supports the main strands of the programme’s work - workshops for children and young people; training for teachers and influencers; and book and resource production – while conducting educational research to inform this work and contribute to wider discussions about science, faith and education.
Cara grew up in South Africa, spent a gap year working in the UK and Madagascar, then earned an honours degree in marine biology and oceanography from the University of Cape Town. After contributing to research and conservation projects across several different countries she came to the UK to work at The Faraday Institute alongside Ruth Bancewicz (Church Engagement Director) from 2015-2018. Cara has also held research and science communication roles within the University of Cambridge Zoology and Engineering departments.
Cara returned to The Faraday Institute in 2020, motivated by her desire to create inspiring opportunities for students of all ages to pause, think and discuss their big questions about science and religion.
Youth and Schools Programme Officer and Researcher
Lots of scientists throughout history have had a deep, personal faith. And that’s still true today.
Many of these scientists see science as a way of learning about the things they believe God has done and made, and continues to do and make.
Take a look at our list of scientists with faith to meet just a few of them!
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We are free to explore the universe with joyful curiosity, relying on God’s faithfulness, discovering the wonderful ‘how’ and ‘when’ of creation, about which scripture tells us ‘who’ and ‘why’.
Science is limited to characterizing the regular workings of the natural world, and does so very well. But I believe there are profound truths that science is just not equipped to address, such as questions of purpose, God, meaning, and how we should live
April Maskiewicz Cordero
Dr April Maskiewicz Cordero is an evolutionary biologist and a Christian.
April teaches biology to university students in California and also travels a lot speaking to audiences about how evolution and Christian faith can work together.
Take a look at this video for some of April's story of learning to combine her sciene and her Christian faith.
Dr Tom Ingleby is a Geophysicist and a Christian
Tom became a Christian whilst studying geology at university. He studies how the rocks of the earth bend and move around and loves thinking about how science and faith work together.
Cara Parrett is a marine biologist and a Christian.
She was head of a programme studying the ocean in the Maldives, and she wants to help people care for all the animals living in it and everythings she believes God has made.