Registration opening in early 2024. Become an IRAS member and receive a reduced rate
Call for papers
Proposals for short academic papers on the announced Conference topic or on other facets of interactions between science and religion are invited: deadline December 22, 2023. We suggest that you check the IRAS website for the proposal format. If you see
this announcement beyond the deadline, please approach Conference Co-Chair Maynard Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org to see whether there is still an opening for a proposal.
Star Island offers discounts
Discounts are available based on need. Learn more on the Star Island financial grants section of their registration page.
Fellowships & Scholarships
IRAS offers a range of Fellowships & Scholarships.
Streaming the Conference Sessions and Chapel Talks
Unable to go to the conference? Become an IRAS member and stream the conference sessions and chapel talks for free! Access will be provided at the start of the conference.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a co-sponsor of the conference. AGU members will receive a discounted registration rate.
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2024 IRAS Conference Statement
Astrobiology, astronomy and planetary science — investigating Earth and local planets as well as planets orbiting other stars — invite us to consider life in cosmic context. This conference will weave together diverse interdisciplinary threads from the natural and social sciences and the humanities to consider the place and purpose of humanity in a context in which Earth might not be our only home and in which we may not be alone. Our plenary speakers (leading scientists, religionists and ethicists) will draw on cutting-edge thinking in astrobiology, including emerging thought on “habitability,” and astro philosophy and theology to consider many questions, including:
Dr. Andrew M. Davis, program director for the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology, author of Exotheology and Cosmic Religion: Extraterrestrial Life in a Process Universe (2023).
Dr. Lucas Mix author and manager Equipping Leadership in an Age of Science, and in 2021 NASA/Library of Congress Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology.
Conference Program Chairs: Ted Peters and Maynard Moore