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. 




Life Sciences Events

Public Lectures

  • Human Evolution, Why Do Experts Disagree?
    4 May 2006
  • The Origin of Species: What Do We Really Know?
    20 April 2006
  • Chance or Necessity – Modeling Origins of Life
    26 Janaury 2006
  • The Assembly of Protocells
    1 December 2005
  • Synthetic Biology: Hardware, Software, and Wetware
    10 November 2005
  • Evolution of Biological Complexity
    20 October 2005
  • Genome Lineages and the Evolution of Life
    4 November 2004
  • Paradigm Shift?
    21 March 2004
  • What Ants and Bees Tell Us about Social Networks
    22 January 2004
  • Time to Abandon Darwin? The Challenge from Intelligent Design
    22 May 2003
  • Three Laws of Behavior Genetics and What They Mean
    10 April 2003
  • Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society
    12 November 2002
  • Neanderthals: Who were they, What happened to them, How are they related to us?
    10 October 2002
  • Evolution of the Extraordinary in Human Life
    28 May 2002
  • Ethical Issues Arising from the Study of the Human Genome
    07 March 2002
  • Food and Biotechnology: The Ethical Issues
    17 January 2002
  • The Cloning of Mammals: What are the Implications for Human Cloning
    25 November 2001
  • Science, Religion, and the Origin of Life
    13 September 2001
  • Evolution and the Quest for Purpose
    26 April 2001
  • Inheritable Genetic Modifications and its Ethical, Religious, and Policy Implications
    09 March 2001

AAAS Annual Meeting Symposia

  • Synthetic Biology and Public Perceptions: Communication and Engagement
    February 2013, Boston, MA
  • Beyond Evolution: Religious Questions in Science Classrooms
    February 2012, Vancouver, BC
  • Anti-Evolutionism in Europe: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid, or Not?
    February 2008, Boston, MA
  • Major Transformations in Evolution: The State of the Art and Public Understanding
    February 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • Supporting Evolution at the Grass-Roots: Building Better Bridges
    February 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • Constitutional Principles and Legal Strategies in the Creation and Evolution Debates
    February 2006, St. Louis, MO
  • The Challenge of Intelligent Design: New Science or Old Rhetoric?
    February 2004, Seattle, WA
  • Ethical, Social and Policy Implications of Studies of Human Genetic Variation: New Issues from the Human Genome Project
    February 2003, Denver, CO
  • Revolution and Evolution in Modern Human Origins: When, Where, and Why?
    February 2003, Denver, CO
  • New Light on the Scopes Trial
    February 2003, Denver, CO
  • Behavioral Genetics: What We Know, and How We Know It
    February 2002, Boston, MA
  • Rethinking the Role of Affiliation and Aggression in Primate Groups
    February 2002, Boston, MA
  • Social and Ethical Implications of Behavioral Genetics Research
    February 2002, Boston, MA
  • Ethical and Policy Implications of Synthesizing ‘Minimum Genomes’
    February 2001, San Francisco, CA
  • Participants in Antievolutionism: What is Changed / Unchanged 20 Years After McLean v. Arkansas
    February 2001, San Francisco, CA
  • Frontier Research: The Stem Cell Controversy
    February 2000, Washington, DC
  • Sociobiology at the New Millennium
    February 2000, Washington, DC
  • Human Germline Intervention: New Challenges
    February 2000, Washington, DC
  • Topics lecture: Sociobology Twenty-five Years Later - E. O. Wilson
    February 2000, Washington, DC
  • The Origins and Nature of Sociality among Nonhuman and Human Primates
    February 2000, Washington, DC
  • The History of Science and Religion Revisited
    January 1999, Anaheim, CA
  • Topical lecture – Why Is the Day 24 Hours? And, When Will the Millennium Begin? – Owen Gingerich
    January 1999, Anaheim, CA
  • Topical lecture – Darwin’s Devolution: Design Without a Designer - Francisco Ayala
    January 1999, Anaheim, CA
  • Biomedical Enhancement of Cognition
    Genetics, Media and Public Anxiety
    (double session)
    January 1999, Anaheim, CA
  • Topical lecture – Natural Conflict Resolution – Frans de Waal
    January 1999, Anaheim, CA
  • Alternative Medicine in a Scientific World
    February 1997, Seattle, WA

Conferences & Forums

  • Society of Christian Ethics/Society of Jewish Ethics Behavioral Genetics Workshop
    6-9 January 2005
  • Religious Community Consultation on the Teaching of Evolution in Public Schools
  • Genomics, Robotics and Nanotechnology
    February 2001
  • Kansas Teach-In on “Science, Teaching and the Search for Origins”
    14-15 April 2000
  • Kansas Religious Community Conversations on Evolution and Education
  • Epic of Evolution
    12-14 November 1997
  • Human Germline Interventions Forum
    24-25 September 1997
  • Forum on Cloning
    25 May 1997


  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Theology, Education, and Public Policy Workshops (TEPP)
    12-13 January 2004
  • International Jewish Discourse Project on Religion and Ethics at the Frontier of Genetic Medicine
    27-29 July 2003
  • Genomics, Robotics, and Nanotechnology Seminar
    14-15 February 2001
  • Stem Cell Research Working Group
  • Inheritable Genetic Modification Working Group
  • Genetic Patenting Dialogue
  • Genetic Discrimination Working Group
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