About DoSER

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AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion

AAAS established the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) in 1995 to facilitate communication between scientific and religious communities. DoSER builds on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large.

The Dialogue

AAAS has sought to advance science and to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large for over 150 years. Issues of value and ethics are raised by the appearance of technologies not even imagined by earlier generations. Questions of meaning and religion emerge from our deepening understanding of the natural order. Issues of value and meaning are grounded in the disciplines of ethics and religion. The scientific community needs to be in dialogue with both fields in order to understand the cultural context within which science operates and to respond to the societal issues opened up by scientific discovery and technological development. AAAS provides a uniquely credible forum for that engagement because of its disciplinary breadth.


DoSER engages in a variety of activities that seek to:

  •     Encourage an appreciation among scientists, religious leaders, and religion scholars of the ethical, religious, and theological implications of scientific discoveries and technological innovations.
  •     Improve the level of scientific understanding in religious communities.
  •     Increase the engagement of scientific communities in the dialogue on science, ethics, and religion.
  •     Facilitate collaboration among scientists, ethicists, and religion scholars and leaders to address critical multidisciplinary issues related to science, ethics, and religion.
  •     Further public understanding of the dialogue on science, ethics, and religion.    


  • Engaging Scientists: engaging more scientists in the science and religion dialogue.
  • Science for Religion Reporters: offering religion journalists science enrichment opportunities.
  • Science in Rabbinic Training: building on the Science for Seminaries project by fostering a science program in rabbinic education.
  • Science for Seminaries: completed in November 2016, this project partnered with seminaries to encourage informed dialogue and a positive understanding of science among future religious leaders.
  • The Perceptions Project: complted in March 2015, this project investigated the relationship between scientific and religious communities (especially evangelical Christian communities) and developed resources to enable these communities to communicate more effectively.

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Support Statement

DoSER is an initiative of the AAAS Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs. Its activities are guided by the goals and principles of the association under the oversight of an advisory committee appointed by the AAAS Board of Directors. General and specific project support has come from a variety of sources, including:

  •         John Templeton Foundation
  •         CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
  •         E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
  •         Pew Charitable Trust
  •         John and Esther Klingenstein Foundation
  •         Greenwall Foundation
  •         Institute for Civil Society
  •         National Institutes of Health/ELSI
  •         E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
  •         Counterbalance Foundation
  •         Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
  •         Center for Research in Science of Azusa Pacific University
  •         Smithsonian Institution
  •         Science & Spirit Magazine
  •         Numerous individuals