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A Message from Program Co-chairs
Robin Rylaarsdam and Ray Lewis:                               SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT HERE

The American Scientific Affiliation invites you to attend and present a paper (orally or as a poster) at the 2019 ASA Annual Meeting at Wheaton College, July 19–22, 2019. The past three annual conferences have broken attendance records each year. Our outstanding location in Wheaton, less than 30 miles west of downtown Chicago, coupled with a great slate of plenary speakers and contributed paper sessions may top them all.

The theme of ASA 2019 is Exploring Creation, combining the scientific aspect of exploration with the theological concept of the natural world as creation. This theme epitomizes the work of the ASA, focusing on understanding science and related fields in the context of our Christian faith. As such, contributed papers that focus on topics that explore the relationship between science and Christian faith are invited. The entire range of STEM fields, as well as education and human sciences, may be appropriate ways of exploration from which to contribute your talk, as represented in the topical areas listed below.

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated for both technical and theological content. Since accepted papers will need to show adequate understanding of both science and faith, it may be helpful to collaborate in your presentations. Opportunity for such collaboration will also be available after abstracts are evaluated. In addition, we plan to have an “incubator” session for such science and faith collaboration during the conference. Posters are particularly encouraged from student members.

Please join us to explore creation together in Chicagoland!

Topical Areas for Oral and Poster Sessions

Science as Understanding Creation
Various areas of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology as disciplines of understanding nature

Science and Technology as Working in and with Creation
Areas of science and technology where our understandings lead us to apply our knowledge in how we work in and with nature, including but not limited to environmental science, creation care, and engineering

Science and Technology as Serving Humanity
Areas of science and technology in which our understandings lead us to apply our knowledge to serve people, including but not limited to medicine, agriculture, psychology, sociology, and economics

Teaching Faith and Science
Engaging science and faith literacy to help students, educators, and churches to gain understanding

We Believe in Creation
A special seminar on this topic honors the contributions of the late Richard H. Bube (August 10, 1927–June 9, 2018), ASA Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He served the ASA in many ways, including as editor of PSCF for fourteen years, and authoring or coauthoring 125 contributions to that journal. Richard’s essay “We Believe in Creation” is a cogent short essay that describes the theme of this seminar.

 Digital Technology, Culture, and Faith: Effects of and faith responses to technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, cyberattacks, and pervasive smart phone use by all ages.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019

Requirements, Guidelines, and Deadline for Abstract Submissions

  1. All abstracts must be 50–250 words.
  2. Authors should indicate whether they are submitting an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster, or whether the author is open to the reviewers’ suggestion of format. Also, the abstract should indicate which topical area the abstract supports.
  3. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion. Poster presentations will be available for view Saturday and Sunday with a designated time slot for interaction with attendees. Detailed instructions for oral presentations and posters are available under the Annual Meeting tab on the ASA website.
  4. Each abstract must emphasize what your oral or poster presentation offers that is new and important for the topic chosen. The abstracts will be considered if they fit within the overall theme of the conference and if they can be otherwise accommodated within the limits of the conference. Provide sufficient detail to be informative, but use language that will be intelligible to a nonspecialist or a scientist from outside your field.
  5. Authors may submit only one abstract for which they are the primary author. Additional abstracts listing individuals as secondary coauthors may also be submitted.
  6. Authors must append to their abstract one to three recent (five years or less) bibliographic references pertinent to their topic.
  7. All abstracts must be submitted online using the Call for Abstracts form.
  8. Upload your abstract as a Word or rich text format file. Please begin your abstract with the title and name of author(s), whether it is a submission for an oral or poster presentation or reviewers’ choice, and the topical area. Then save it with the filename, ASA2019YourLastName.
  9. Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted on or before February 28, 2019.
  10. Notification of abstract acceptance is planned by March 29, 2019.
  11. Contact Program Co-chairs Robin Rylaarsdam ( or Ray Lewis (, if you have any questions.

Please note: All presenters must register for the meeting no later than May 31, 2019.

View and download instructions for Oral and Poster Presentations Here



Due to generous funding from our members, scholarships are available to early career and student ASA members on a first-come, first-served basis. Detailed information and application here.