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Annual Meeting Symposia

Rev. Fletcher Harper, 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting | AAAS / Christine A. Scheller

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

2018 – February 15-19, Austin

Gene Editing and Human Identity: Promising Advances and Ethical Challenges

2017 – February 16-19, Boston

The Paris Agreement & Leveraging Religious Support for Climate Policy

2016 – February 12-13, Washington DC

Biodiversity, Scientists, and Religious Communities

2015 – February 12-16, San Jose

The Human Microbiome: Implications of the Microcosm Within Us

2014 – February 13-17, Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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