Joint conference with ASA & CSCA – From Cosmos to Psyche: all things hold together in Christ


25/07/2014 - 28/07/2014    
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McMaster University
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
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From Cosmos to Psyche: All Things Hold Together in Christ”

25th-28th July 2014

This summer, CiS will be joining with our sister organisations, the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) and the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA), to host this joint conference at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The call for abstracts has been released, and the deadline for submission has been extended to the 28th February, 2014.

“All things hold together in Christ is a phrase that speaks to the integration of God’s love, justice, and 
intelligibility in the person of Jesus. At this annual meeting, we want to explore how the various scientific 
disciplines hold together with both scientific and theological integrity. Our goal at this annual meeting is to 
explore this across the breadth of the sciences, from cosmos to psyche. To this end, we have engaged 
the following excellent plenary speakers.” – Robert Mann, Programme Chair

Confirmed plenary speakers:

    • Megan Best, bioethicist and palliative care doctor, Sydney, Australia; author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
    • Alasdair Coles, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Cambridge University; curate, St. Andrews Church, Cambridge
    • Barth Netterfield, observational cosmologist, Department of Astronomy, University of Toronto
    • Jeffrey Schloss, senior scholar, BioLogos; director, Westmont Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences at Westmont College
    • Don Page, Theoretical Physicist, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The call for papers is has been released: .

Topical areas for parallel oral sessions are as follows:

  • Physical Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy – Chair: Colin Humphreys
    Exploring the latest results in the relationship between the physical sciences and Christian theology.
  • Life Sciences: Biology, Medicine, Bioethics – Chair: Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly
    Going beyond the traditional creation/evolution dialogue to examine how current research informs and is informed by Christian faith.
  • Mind Sciences: Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry – Chair: Heather Looy
    How do these sciences enable us to understand the renewal of our minds with the mind of Christ?
  • Environmental Sciences: Ecology, Geology, Meteorology/Climate – Chair: Don Morton What are appropriate ways for these disciplines to facilitate our roles as stewards of the earth?
  • Christian Women in Science and Engineering – Chair: Gayle Ermer
    Considering methods for increasing the participation of Christian women in STEM fields and that describe means by which that participation benefits society and brings glory to God.
  • Emergence: Information Theory, Complexity, Theology – Chair: Arnold Sikkema
    Bringing together the broad range of scientific disciplines to understand how higher-level phenomena emerge.
  • Science and Technology in Service of the Poor – Chair: Michael Clifford
    Appropriate technology and economic development; health and medical care in developing countries; response to natural disasters.
  • Other Topics:

    Any issue relevant to science and Christian faith including experiences in education or dialog, communication of ideas,

    biblical interpretation, theological implications, etc.

 Bursaries Available

CiS are able to award a limited number of partial bursaries to assist with attendance. These will be limited to CiS members who are graduate students on a fulltime course at a UK university  (maximum award £600) or UK-based early career scientists within 5 years of graduating with their final degree (maximum award £250).  Up to 2 student bursaries and 4 early career bursaries will be offered and awards will be subject to having a paper accepted for the conference.

Candidates are encouraged to seek additional funding to cover the remainder of the costs. A limited number of scholarships are also available from ASA (it will be necessary to join ASA to be eligible)