Building on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities. 




DoSER Annual Meeting Symposia

Every year DoSER presents symposia at the AAAS Annual Meeting that serve to increase dialogue in the scientific community about science and religion.

2014 – February 13-17, Chicago, IL

Religious Communities, Science, Scientists, and Perceptions:
A Comprehensive Survey

Organizers: Jennifer Wiseman; Paul Arveson, AAAS Center for Science, Policy, and Society Programs

Science, Religion, and Modern Physics
Organizers: Paul Arveson; Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Center for Science, Policy, and Society Programs

2013 – February 14-18, Boston, MA

Partners for the Earth: Scientists and Religious Groups Working for the Environment
Organizers: Jennifer Wiseman & Peyton West, AAAS Center for Science, Policy, and Society Programs

Synthetic Biology and Public Perceptions: Communication
and Engagement

Organizers: Peyton West, AAAS Center for Science, Policy, and Society Programs;
Tiffany Lohwater, AAAS Office of Public Programs

Advances in Brain-Machine Interaces: Applications and Implications
Organizers: Peyton West & Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Center for Science, Policy, and Society Programs

2012 – February 16-20, Vancouver, BC

Beyond Evolution: Religious Questions in Science Classrooms
Organizers: Peyton West & Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Center of Science, Policy and Social Programs; Peter Hess, National Center for Science Education

2011 – February 17-21, Washington, DC

Evangelicals, Science, and Policy: Toward a Constructive Engagement
Organizers: Peyton West & Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

Astronomical Pioneering: The Implications of Finding Other Worlds
Organizers: Peyton West & Jennifer Wiseman, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

2010 – February 18-22, San Diego, CA

Genetics and Ethics: Different Views on the Human Condition
Organizers: Walter Doerfler, University of Cologne, Hans G. Ulrich, Erlangen University

Astrobiology and the Future: Science, Ethics, and Societal Issues on Earth and Beyond
Organizer: Margaret Race, SETI Institute

2009 – February 12-16, Chicago, IL

Meeting on Building the AAAS Science and Religion Coalition
Organizers: Peyton West, AAAS Science and Policy Programs, Washington, DC

Toward the Science and Ethics of a Culture of Sustainability
Organizers: Paul H Reitan, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2008 – February 14-18, Boston, MA

Major Transformations in Evolution: The State of the Art and Public Understanding
Organizers: Eugenie C. Scott, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, CA; Nicholas J. Matzke, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Peyton M. West, AAAS Science and Policy Programs, Washington, DC

Communicating Science in a Religious America
Organizers: Matthew C. Nisbet, American University, Washington, DC

2007 – February 15-19, San Francisco, CA

Anti-Evolutionism in Europe: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid, or Not?
Organizers: Connie Bertka, AAAS Science and Policy Programs, Washington, DC; Peyton West, AAAS Science and Policy Programs, Washington, DC

Supporting Evolution at the Grass-Roots: Building Better Bridges
Organizers: Irving W. Wainer, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD; Mary Haskins, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO; Gregory Tinkler, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD

2006 – February 16-20, St. Louis, MO

Ethics of Neuroscience: Lack of Consciousness and Assessment of Personhood
Organizers: Stephanie Bird, Science and Engineering Ethics; and Jim Miller, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

Neuroscience of Ethics: Material Foundations of Moral Agency
Organizers: Stephanie Bird, Science and Engineering Ethics; and Jim Miller, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

Constitutional Principles and Legal Strategies in the Creation and Evolution Debates 
Organizers: Gilbert Whittemore, Rath, Young, and Pignatelli and American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law; and Connie Bertka, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

2005 – February 17-21, Washington, DC

Non-Overlapping Magisteria?
Organizers: Phillip R. Sloan, University of Notre Dame; James Miller, AAAS Science and Policy Programs

2004 – February 12-16, Seattle, WA

The Challenge of Intelligent Design: New Science or Old Rhetoric?
Organizers: John R. Staver, Kansas State University; Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN.

2003 – February 13-18, Denver, CO

Revolution and Evolution in Modern Human Origins: When, Where, and Why? 
Organizers: Alison Brooks, George Washington University; Richard Potts, Smithsonian Institution.

Ethical, Social and Policy Implications of Studies of Human Genetic Variation: New Issues from the Human Genome Project 
Organizer: Mildred K. Cho, Stanford University.

New Light on the Scopes Trial
Organizer: Edward B. Davis, Messiah College

Primatology and Human Nature: Cooperation and Altruism 
Organizer: Robert Sussman, Washington University

2002 – February 14-19, Boston, MA

Rethinking the Role of Affiliation and Aggression in Primate Groups
Organizers: Robert W. Sussman, Washington University; Karen B. Strier, University of Wisconsin

Behavioral Genetics: What We Know, and How We Know It
Organizers: Elving Anderson, University of Minnesota; Audrey R. Chapman, AAAS

Social and Ethical Implications of Behavioral Genetics Research
Organizers: Audrey R. Chapman, AAAS; Elving Anderson, University of Minnesota

2001 – February 15-20, San Francisco, CA

Participants in Antievolutionism: What is Changed/Unchanged 20 Years After McLean v. Arkansas
Organizer: Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education)

The Historical Sciences and Their Importance in Public Education
(single sessions)
Organizers: Jim Miller, DoSER, and Joel Primack, University of California-Santa Cruz

Ethical and Policy Implications of Synthesizing ‘Minimum Genomes’
Organizers: Mildred Cho, Stanford University

2000 – February 17-22, Washington, DC

Sociobiology at the New Millennium
(double session)
Organizers: Francisco Ayala, Michael Ruse
Including topics lecture: Sociobology Twenty-five Years Later – E. O. Wilson

Frontier Research: The Stem Cell Controversy
Organizers: Audrey Chapman, Mark Frankel

Global Climate Change and Human Values
Organizers: George Fisher, Devra Davis

Human Germline Intervention: New Challenges
Organizers: Theodore Friedmann, Ronald Cole-Turner

The Origins and Nature of Sociality among Nonhuman and Human Primates
Organizers: Robert Sussman, Audrey Chapman

Topical Lecture - the following topical lecture was related to a proposed symposium that the Dialogue Program facilitated. The symposium was not accepted by the AAAS Annual Meeting Program Committee but the topical lecture was.

  • Does Stress Make You Sick and Believing Make You Well – Dr. Esther M. Sternberg

1999 – January 21-26, Anaheim, CA

The History of Science and Religion Revisited
Organizers: Ronald Numbers, David Lindberg

Before the Beginning
Organizers: Owen Gingerich, Joel Primack

Biomedical Enhancement of Cognition
Organizers: Eric Juengst, Peter Whitehouse

Genetics, Media and Public Anxiety
(double session)
Organizer: Audrey Chapman

Topical lecture 

  • Natural Conflict Resolution – Frans de Waal

Topical lecture - In addition, the following topical lectures were given by Dialogue Program Advisory Committee members and contained references to religion -

  • Why Is the Day 24 Hours? And, When Will the Millennium Begin? – Owen Gingerich
  • Darwin’s Devolution: Design Without a Designer – Francisco Ayala

1997 – February, Seattle, WA

Biodiversity and Human Responsibility
Organizer: Audrey Chapman

Implications of the Possibility of Life on Mars
Organizer: Christopher Corbally

The Nature of Time
Organizers: Audrey Chapman, Lawrence Fagg

Seminar — In addition, the Dialogue Program organized a pre-Annual Meeting Seminar with the newly established Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion -
Science, Cosmology and Teleology: Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives

Symposium - An additional Annual Meeting Symposium organized by a Dialogue Program Advisory Committee Member

  • Alternative Medicine in a Scientific World
    Organizers: Ursula Goodenough*, Robert Park

1996 – February, Baltimore, MD

Religious, Social and Environmental Factors That Influence Disease States
Organizers: Harold Koenig, David Larson