Science and Mormonism have nearly always been on very friendly terms, with Church members sharing the deep conviction that, as expressed by former scientist and apostle Elder James E. Talmage, “within the gospel of Jesus Christ there is room and place for every truth thus far learned by man, or yet to be made known.” Subsequent Presidents and General Authorities of the Church have advanced similar views about the ultimate compatibility of religious and scientific truths and, with notably few exceptions, have maintained markedly positive attitudes toward both the methods and conclusions of mainstream science and the advance of modern technology.
This symposium will feature the personal perspectives of prominent LDS scientists addressing the theme of “Cosmos, Earth, and Man.” Through presentations, panels, and interactive discussions, attendees will hear concise and colorful summaries of the state-of-the-art in scientific research relating to these topics and will gain a deeper appreciation of the unique contributions of LDS doctrine to the ongoing conversation.
Registration: Seating is limited. Registration for the conference is now closed, but the proceedings will be streamed online (see below). Furthermore, there will also likely be no-shows and, hence, empty seats in the conference hall. While preferential admission will be given to those who have pre-registered, others will be admitted to the extent possible from a standby line.
Date: November 9, 2013
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Program & Schedule: Click here for full program and schedule of events
Place: Utah Valley Convention Center (220 West Center Street, Provo, Utah)
Parking, Hotels, Dining: Click here for location information
Free to the public (Donations are welcome)
Printable PDF Flyer
Free Live Streaming of the symposium is available on YouTube. Recorded videos will be made available in the days after the conference.
We expect both hard copy and electronic versions of a book with expanded and fully-footnoted versions of presenter talks, panel discussion, and possibly additional chapters to be prepared and published in the first half of 2014.
With contributing support from:
Presenters and Discussants include:
(Click here for full bios and abstracts, or on a link below.)
- David H. Bailey
Berkeley National Laboratory (ret.) and University of California, Davis
- Emily Bates
Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Bates Laboratory, University of Colorado
- Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
Senior Research Scientist. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
- R. Paul Evans
Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University
- Ron Hellings
Research Professor, Department of Physics, Montana State University
- Bart J. Kowallis
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University
- John S. Lewis
Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona and Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries
- Steven L. Peck
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University
- Jani Radebaugh
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University
- Michael R. Stark
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology – Neuroscience, Brigham Young University
- Trent D. Stephens
Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Embryology, Idaho State University
- Amy L. Williams
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University
- Richard N. Williams
Founding Director, The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University
- David Bailey - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (retired) and University of California, Davis
- Jeffrey M. Bradshaw - Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
- John S. Lewis - Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona and Chief Scientist, Deep Space Industries
- Gregory L. Smith - University of Calgary, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine.
- Michael R. Stark - Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology – Neuroscience, Brigham Young University