2022 SCS Conference

Jun 35, 2022


The 2022 SCS CONFERENCE  (SCS2022)


The main theme of the conference is "Earth and Environmental Stewardship."  This topic will be examined from both a scientific and theological standpoint.  A broad range of environmental topics will be addressed, including pollution, climate, water, resource management, and biodiversity,  There will also be talks on topics not related to the main theme.


The conference will be held on June 3-5, 2022, 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 CAMPUSAttendees 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 3, there will be an informal buffet dinner at 6:00 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.  All meals from Friday evening dinner to lunch on Sunday, incluing the Saturday evening banquet are covered by registration. Rooming at the conference center for the nights of Friday and Saturday are also covered by registration.


As in previous SCS annual conferences, there will be six invited talks and six contributed talks.  Contributed talks are 25 minutes, with 5 minutes Q&A.  The invited speakers are Prof. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, of Aquinas College in Michigan (PhD in Environmental Engineering) will give a talk on the theology of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si'. Guest lecturer Prof. Kerry Emanuel of MIT will speak about hurricanes and how climatic changes might affect them.  SCS member Prof. Robert Horton of Iowa State University will speak on soil as a vital resource affecting water, food, climate, bioenergy, and transportation.  Prof. Marie I. George of St. John's University will speak about  Catholic Environmentalism from St. Augustine to recent popes.  Dr. John F. Bratton of LimnoTech and formerly of NOAA will speak about large ecosystem restoration and the Great Lakes;  Br. Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, will give the St. Albert Award Lecture, entitled "Life in  Fantasy Universe: the Day-to-day Life of Astronomers in the Vatican."   


The FULL PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE. (Subject to minor changes)




We encourage SCS members and associates to submit abstracts for posters, which can be submitted up until at least May 15. 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 sections 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 


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 3 and 4), 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 viciinty 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.)


We have sent the registration link to all SCS members and associates by email and will do so again periodically. (Do not share that link with anyone else, as otherwise people not eligible to attend may register, which will create myriad problems for the organizers).  If you are not an SCS member or associate but are interested in attending the conference, send an email to smpbarr@gmail.com with a very brief (two sentence would suffice) statement about yourself and your interest in the conference, and if there is space an invitation will be sent to you with the registration link. The undiscounted registration fee is $275. For SCS student members (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:  We will be live streaming the talks, but the live stream will show only the speaker, not the PowerPoint slides. However, uring the month of June we will be putting up videos of the talks (with speakers and PowerPoint slies) on youtube. 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.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:  The conference will follow whatever COVID-19 rules are imposed by law or by Mundelein Seminary at the time of the conference.  

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