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A Message from Program Chairs 
Stephen Moshier (ASA), Michael Everest (ASA), and Geoffrey Fulkerson (Henry Center)                           

The American Scientific Affiliation invites you to attend and present a paper (orally or as a poster) at the 2020 ASA Annual Meeting at Point Loma Nazarene University, July 24–27, 2020, in San Diego, California. The convenient and spectacular location for this meeting is nothing short of outstanding!

ASA 2020 promises to chart new territory for the Affiliation, featuring a partnership with the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding based at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois). Our plenary speakers will offer meeting participants a window into historical and current theological thinking on the doctrine of creation with applications to issues of science and culture (see plenary speakers and lecture titles here).

New programming structure for 2020

One track of each parallel session following the plenaries will be devoted to further exploration of the plenary topic with the speaker and invited respondents. This offers meeting participants the opportunity to interact more significantly with the plenary speakers than in a typically brief period of Q&A.

Your contribution is welcome

We got feedback that the original call for abstracts slighted engineering and physical science! That was not our intent, as we hoped that repeated reference to STEM and technology in our announcement would cover these important disciplines. So, here is a reset:

We invite meeting registrants to contribute oral or poster presentations to traditional parallel session tracks on the full range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics that include but are not limited to: natural, physical, life and social sciences, wellness and medicine, science education, engineering and technology, digital technology, missions and sustainable development, neuroscience and psychology, and biblical studies and theology. There will also be sessions on provocative topics with presentations by invited speakers.

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. Posters are particularly encouraged from student members.


Topical Areas for Open Oral and Poster Sessions

Multiple sessions for these topical areas may be created pending abstract submissions.

Global Future: Environment, Energy, and Technology

What are current projections for our future world with its ever-changing environment and technology? How can the church be engaged in these important changes? What are the ethical considerations?

Science and Technology Serving Humanity

How do our science and technology understandings, including but not limited to medicine, agriculture and natural resources, psychology, sociology, and economics, lead us to apply our knowledge to serve people?

Communicating Faith and Science

How can we engage science and faith literacy to help students, educators, and churches to gain understanding? How do biblical and theological studies bear upon the science-faith dialogue?

Digital Technology, Culture, and Faith

How have digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and cyberattacks impacted individuals and society? How will they influence the future? What are the ethical considerations?

Special Disciplinary Sessions

Sponsored by Affiliation of Christian Geologists (ACG), Christian Women in Science (CWIS), Christian Engineers and Scientists in Technology (CEST)


Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020 - Extended to January 31, 2020



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 must append to their abstract one to three recent or particularly significant bibliographic references pertinent to their topic.

6. Authors may submit only one abstract for which they are the primary author. Additional abstracts listing individuals as secondary coauthors may also be submitted.

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, ASA2020YourLastName.

9. Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted on or before January 15, 2020. Extended to January 31, 2020

10. Notification of abstract acceptance is planned by March 2, 2020.

11. Contact program chairs Stephen Moshier ( or Michael Everest (, if you have any questions.


Please note: All presenters must register for the meeting no later than April 15, 2020.


Read Complete Paper & Poster Instructions 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.