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2024 SCS Conference (SCS2024) on June 7-9 at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL.

June 7 at 6:30 pm - June 9 at 6:30 pm

The 2024 SCS CONFERENCE  (SCS2024)

THEME:

The conference theme is “Critical Issues at the Interface of Science and Faith.”  This encompasses a wide range of topics. 

VENUE AND TIMES:   

The conference will be held on June 7-9, 2024, at the conference center of Mundelein Seminary (also called University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary), renowned for its scenic beauty, and a popular location for retreats and conferences. See this MAP OF THE MUNDELEIN CAMPUS.  Attendees will stay in the Conference Center Lodging (Building E on map); meals and receptions will be in the Dining Hall (Building B); and lectures will be in the Conference Center (Building D).

On Friday evening, June 7, there will be an informal buffet dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the Opening Reception starting at 8:00 PM.  The lectures are given on Saturday morning and afternoon and on Sunday morning. In early Sunday afternoon there will be the annual “member meeting” of SCS.

INVITED & CONTRIBUTED TALKS:

As in previous SCS annual conferences, there will be six invited talks and six contributed talks.  Invited talks are 40 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A. Contributed talks are 25 minutes plus 5 minutes Q&A.  All six invited speakers have confirmed (exact titles of their talks to be announced):  Prof. Martin Nowak (Harvard Univ.) will give a talk entitled “Does Evolution Lead to God?”.  Guest lecturer Prof Rogier Windhorst (Arizona State Univ.) will speak about the James Webb Space Telescope and recent discoveries and conundrums in cosmology.  Prof. David Chiang (Univ. of Notre Dame) will speak about recent developments in Artificial Intelligence.  Prof. Walter Scheirer (Univ. of Notre Dame) will speak about the state of “strong AI”.  Dr. Berta Moritz (Central European Society for Anticancer Drug Research) will speak about Catholic women scientists of the past.  Prof. Alexander Pruss (Baylor Univ.) will speak on why the human mind is not a machine.

SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS for contributed talks and poster presentations:

We encourage SCS members and associates to submit abstracts.  The deadline for abstracts of contributed talks is April 1, 2024.  Abstracts for posters can be submitted up until at least May 15. Indicate whether you want the abstract to be considered as a contributed talk or as a poster presentation (or as either).  Poster presentations can be on any subject.  Depending on how many posters are submitted, there will be either one or two Poster Sessions.  There will be a section for more technical posters on the presenter’s own research, and a section for posters on the conference theme or other topics of broader interest.  Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be sent as a Word document to smpbarr@gmail.com   A committee will decide on them in early April.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM & SCHEDULE:

Here is the SCHEDULE of the conference.  It is subject to minor changes.

TRAVEL AND LODGING:

Mundelein Seminary is about a 40-minute drive from O’Hare International Airport (the closest airport).  From O’Hare one can take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. A good taxi service is American Taxi 847-255-9600. Presumably most attendees will want to stay at the conference venue during the conference (i.e. for the nights of June 7 and 8), as that is included for those who register for the conference.  Those who need to come a day early or stay a day late due to flight schedules can easily secure a room at an airport hotel near O’Hare for the extra nights. (There are also some hotels in the vicinity of the conference venue.)

The best place to PARK at the conference or to be dropped off by taxi or Uber is the “purple parking lot” on the Mundelein campus. See the MAP OF THE MUNDELEIN CAMPUS.  (It is best to enter into google maps or GPS “St. Mary’s on the Lake, Mundelein, IL” as that will take you directly to the purple parking lot.)

REGISTRATION FEE & REGISTRATION FORM:

Registration opens on February 1 and a link to the registration page will be sent to all SCS members, associates and others eligible to attend on February 1 and periodically thereafter.   (If you receive the link, do not share it with anyone else, as otherwise people not eligible to attend may register, which will create myriad problems for the organizers).  The undiscounted registration fee is $290. For students (grad or undergrad) it will be half of that amount, and for members of religious orders the fee will be waived altogether (though registration is still required).  The registration fee will cover all one’s meals at the conference as well as rooms at the conference venue for the two nights of the conference.

LIVE STREAMING of TALKS:  At present, the plan is to live stream the talks.  At some point before the conference the live stream links will be posted on this page.  Anyone will be able to watch the talks by going to those links, without any registration or fee.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.  If you have questions, email smpbarr@gmail.com 

 

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