During the conference, the St. Albert Award Lecture will be issued by Lawrence Principe, professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.
The conference will also include two Poster Sessions - one for presentations on the conference’s theme and another for presentations on topics such as the correlation between science and faith.
Barr said the SCS conference provides an open forum for reflections on the intersection between science and the realms of theology and philosophy. He said the goal of the conference is the same as the goal of the Society of Catholic Scientists more generally - to foster community among Catholic scientists and to be a witness to the world. He emphasized the importance of promoting a successful collaboration between science and faith.
“[It’s] very important nowadays because there are many people out there who think that science and faith are incompatible,” he said.
“I think if people see that there's a large organization of a large number of scientists, [who are] devout, practicing Catholics, I think it has a witness value and is stronger evidence for people in the science department.”
Founded in 2016, the society began with only six members and now has over 1400 scientists, students, and other intellectuals in over 50 countries.
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The organization provides mentors and role models for young Catholics studying science or mathematics. It also provides resources for pastors, laypeople, educators, journalists, and the general public.