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China

Workshop of Religion and Science

Faculty of Law and Politics
Shanghai Normal University

This society brings together scholars of religion, philosophy, politics, law, and the sciences, in conjunction with the Institute of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy, to collaborate on creating a vibrant and exploratory group. The core planners facilitate the collaboration of scholars and students of Islamic, Buddhist, Confucianism, Christian, and Taoism studies, with sections on ethics, scientific philosophy, law, politics and the sciences to initiate and support research projects within the university. The group takes several approaches, including asking how people, particularly scientists, maintain spiritual faith while confronting hi-tech society; exploring the complementarity of science and faith; and highlighting the contributions of religion to scientific research. The Workshop invites research scientists and practitioners and clerics from varying faiths to provide their perspectives on the relation between science and faith in public forums for students from Shanghai Normal and other surrounding institutions, as well as for the general public. Additionally, a national conference brings together representatives of other science-faith efforts throughout China. Papers from the national conference are submitted to scholarly journals for publication. The Workshop purchases books and maintains a reference room for students, teachers, and members of the community interested in the subject of science and faith. The group also encourages pursuit of theses and doctoral dissertations in the field to promote the credibility and importance of these considerations within higher education in China.

Center for the Study of Science and Human Spirituality

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
Wuhan, Hubei

The founding members of this center plan to “promote integrated thinking by overcoming the split between science and spirituality among both intellectuals and the general public by encouraging dialogue between physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and professors in the social sciences and humanities.” They plan to serve as a source of intellectual leadership in showing “how it is possible to overcome both modern scientism and the spiritual chauvinism of traditional Chinese thought.” An additional aim is to promote collaborative research between these traditionally divergent fields. Activities and plans include the publication of a national journal, a quarterly newsletter, and research monographs; translation into English of contemporary Chinese texts exploring science and faith; and offering interdisciplinary courses, seminars and guest lectures aimed at scholars, students, and the general public. Additional goals include the ability to participate in national policy-making through increasing the prestige of the Center as an important research center and the ability to serve and to provide feedback and critical information to society at large regarding issues in science and faith. A national/international level conference brings together scholars from a variety of perspectives to foster the credibility of the dialogue from Chinese perspectives and shares this perspective with members from other cultures. The Center also supports a scholarship program to promote research, work of PhD candidates, course development in other institutions, essay competitions, and publication.

Beijing Center for the Study of Science and Faith

Beijing Normal University
Beijing

The Beijing Center for Science and Faith is associated with the Chinese Society on the Dialectics of Nature – the largest official Chinese academic research center on science and the humanities, with chapters throughout the country. Core members include scholars of philosophy, sociology, ethics, Far East science and technology, dialectics, and the natural sciences. The purpose of the Center lies in organizing and encouraging highly respected and talented scientists and humanities scholars across China to explore the complex and plural relationship between science and faith. The members encourage the scientific community and religious people to be open to diverse perspectives. Dialogic considerations and research in subjects such as evolutionary biology, quantum mechanics, and the relationship between modern and traditional medicine in China are pursued, and sociological analyses/surveys of modern opinions of science and faith are disseminated through scholarly networks and in public forums. Research, publication, and discussions also address science and Chinese philosophy, Confucian understanding of science and religion, the search for scientific element in Chinese traditional religious faith, the possibility that Chinese tradition can contribute to the development of modern science, cosmology and Chinese traditional religion and science, Huayan Buddhism and modern quantum theory, Chaos Theory and Yi Jing (The Book of Change), scientific elements of the Tao Te Ching, modern science and technology and Chinese ultimate concern.

India

Vimala Society for Science and Religion

Vimala College
Thrissur, Kerala

The Vimala Society, based in the only women’s college in Thrissur – known as the “cultural capital of Kerala” – serves as a catalyzing agent, promoting science and religion interest beyond the confines of the campus. The Society offers programs designed to promote active interfaith interest in science and religion at both scholarly and popular levels. Bringing together core planners and consultants with proficiencies in theology, sociology, philosophy, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, the group explores historical and contemporary issues in science and faith such as altruism, Intelligent Design theory, faith and health, world religions and contributions to science, modern science and traditional culture, ethics and biotechnology, technological advancement, and eco-theology. Public programs include symposia and festivals aimed at various audiences; an awareness programs for rural women, and a national level Geo-Aqua convention. Programs in the Vimala College setting include seminars, workshops, quiz competitions, group discussions, and paper presentations.

Student Christian Movement of India (affiliated with the World Student Christian Federation)
Bangalore, Karnataka

The goal of this society is to emphasize the newly emerging conversation between science and religion, raising ethical and theological questions in different areas of science that have affected Indian society’s collective experience both socially and economically. Included in the considerations are the new physics, Big Bang cosmology, genetics and biology, microelectronics, molecular biology, and hermeneutic dimensions of science and religion. The effort reaches out to student members, holds competitions, promotes reading groups, and holds monthly meetings and excursions to science centers and planetariums in six cities across the region. The society’s activities culminate each year in a national workshop to review members’ work and perspectives. Regularly published articles and news in the SCM monthly newsletter further the cohesion of the group. Group members also perform community outreach and host public meetings, inviting different sectors of the community to participate and provide new perspective to discussions. The SSS operates on the notion that “no one concerned with the future of the Church, or indeed of any religion, can avoid facing the impact of science on belief.” They contend that focusing mainly on environmental considerations and nuclear arms, while important, misses a “theological engagement with contemporary science and its critical work.” “The knowledge that science produces about reality,” they continue, “becomes data for the theologian to analyze, evaluate and incorporate…raising metaphysical and philosophical questions...making faith more meaningful and rich.” SSS calls together leaders and specialists from fields of mathematics, theology, botany, genetic engineering, neurology, ecumenism, and media communications with expertise in the growing science-faith movement in India.

Alphonsa College
Kottayam, Kerala State

Combining participants from the college, faculty and students of two minor seminaries, three major seminaries, a local Hindu Ashram and several local Mosques, this group promotes an inter-religious dialogue combining multiple perspectives of faith and disciplinary expertise. As Alphonsa is a women’s college, activities are focused, in part, on science and faith issues from the perspective of, and the impact on, women’s issues. The society conducts a comprehensive program of seminars, debates and discussions, symposia, quiz programs, essay competitions, festivals, and retreats. Topics focus on a range of issues including world religions and their contribution to the growth of science; major scientific achievements and their influence on religion, ethics and values; scientific development and the impact on humanity; topics in cell biology, genetics, cloning, biochemistry, environmental ethics and conservation, and astrophysics.

Bhaktivedanta Institute’s Science and Religion Group of Kolkata

Bhaktivedanta Institute
Vedanta and Science Educational Research Foundation
Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Formed in September 2003, this group of local scientists, scholars, students and interested individuals come together to promote serious dialogue between science and religion among students and scholars in colleges, universities and institutions in and around Kolkata. Bringing together Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, the society works together in understanding various perspectives at the intersection of faith and reason. Plans include monthly meetings, for reading and discussion, public lectures, seminars and symposia; the development of extensive in-house, public library resources; essay and debating competitions to attract and engage young scholars and students in considering the importance of the dialogue; an annual seminar on life and origins inviting religious scholars from different traditions and religious/disciplinary perspectives; and the publication of a journal. Topics for exploration, in addition to historical and contemporary science and faith issues, include origins; meaning and purpose; science, technology, and faith and conflict resolution. Beyond regular, local group meetings, members of also participate extensively at international conferences; produce multiple publications; and support the activities of two mobile science-faith resource centers that travel throughout the country that provide presentations, materials, and seminars to students and local community members, and sponsors book tables and presentations during events across India.

Deva Matha Academy of Science and Religion (DEMASAR)

Deva Matha College
Kuravalingad, Kottayam, Kerala

Deva Matha Academy of Science and Religion is an association of research-oriented, socially committed, religiously inspired, scientifically enlightened professors, research scholars, academicians, theologians and sincere seekers of truth – irrespective of caste, creed, politics, or religion. The members of this Academy seek reconciliation between science and religion, reason and faith. The group reaches out to students and teachers within the college and into the local population to involve members of the area seminaries and established faith communities of Christians, Hindus, Muslims ,and interested laypersons. Plans include regular seminars, group interaction, extension lectures, exhibitions, symposia, retreats, and cultural activities. Some topical considerations include scientific and religious concepts of ethics and values; eco-spirituality and world religions; religion and the world of mathematics; biodiversity; scientific, religious, personal, and global integration. The Academy also founded and supports a library for use by all members and oversees the publication of seminar topics and research papers on science and religion. A major public event, dubbed a “Cultural Fest” invites colleges, secondary education and school students to participate and highlights the value of science and religion dialogue.

The Aloysian Explore and Worship Forum (AEWF)

St. Aloysius College
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Through a series of departmental, inter- and intra-collegiate activities and public events, AEWF aims to create an awareness of the relation between science and religion among youth and the general public of the city and state. The dialogue groups, formed among students and educators of St. Aloysius College and surrounding institutions, are designed to seed further groups of parents and other citizens throughout the area. This effort partners with the Inter Religions Forum Jabalpur (IRF) to engage members in discussions related to faith and science. Outreach involves workshops for students and teachers, value education classes, elocution competitions on topics in science and faith, essay writing competitions, national seminars, open workshops, and talk shows for students and the general public. To further promote outreach, AEWF sponsors a webpage and the development of a library as well as producing comprehensive brochures outlining topics and activities, a quarterly newsletter, and a bi-annual Aloysian Journal of Science and Religion. Topics explored include: the evolution of science and religion; contemporary thinking and discourse in science and religion; and the impact of religion on science and science on religion. Activities touch on a broad range of subjects from the history and philosophy of various disciplinary perspectives, origin and evolution, nature, ethics, disease, yoga, Vastushastra, research methodologies, life and death, stem cell research, and eco-theology.

Centre for Science and Religion at Nirmalagiri College

Malabar Educational Society for Human Resource Development
Thalassery, Kerala

The core planners of this group consist of clergy and scholars from Nirmalagiri College with specializations in the social sciences and humanities, medicine, Biblical studies, and the physical, natural, and life sciences. Outreach invites participation from students of the college and communities of diverse religious traditions and scientific disciplines from over 20 surrounding arts and sciences colleges and universities and engineering and medical colleges. With monthly dialogue meetings and a series of lectures, the Centre promotes the exploration of topics, such as: bioethics, the mystery of pain in different religious perspectives, euthanasia, moral aspects of cloning, scientific and religious perspectives on AIDS/HIV in India, and Yoga in stress management.

Bishop Kurialacherry Society for Science and Religion (BKSSR)

Bishop Kurialacherry College for Women
Kottayam, Kerala

Collaborating efforts with three local Seminaries, a Hindu temple, area mosques, a medical college, teacher training schools, high schools, and members of the community-at-large, BKSSR launches an effort to pursue broadly informed excellence in advancing science and faith in their locale. The goal of this effort is to encourage thoughtful and dynamic explorations of science-religion interactions among a wide variety of individuals, representing multiple disciplinary and faith perspectives. Conducting a series of seminars, symposia, interfaith dialogue, workshops, and outreach programs, BKSSR promotes and encourages the development of awareness of a shared cultural heritage in relation to contemporary scientific and technological advancement. Topical foci invite experts representing various religious perspectives and scientific disciplines to explore religion, ethics and values; limits of science in the new millennium; scientific development and religious experience; bioethics; globalization through IT and mass media; religious insight into technology; medicine, faith and culture; and faith, HIV/AIDS, and addiction. In addition, an interfaith/interdisciplinary newsletter supports research and dialogue in science and religion.

St. Thomas Society for Science and Religion

St. Thomas College
Palai, Kerala

One of the main objectives of this society is “to encourage greater understanding of the religious and spiritual significance of science for the benefit of humanity.” It includes members of faculty and staff as well as those of other institutions of higher learning, high schools, and the local community. This comprehensive program involves group discussion, seminars, symposia, an interdisciplinary newsletter, and competitions for students. Topics explored include comparative perspectives of the evolving relationships between theology and the natural sciences; activities to increase understanding of the impact of recent scientific discoveries on religious, moral and ethical values; and explorations of the influences of information technology in a spiritual context.

Institute of Science and Religion

Little Flower Seminary
Aluva, Kerala

Institute of Science and Religion (ISR) is an interdisciplinary entity of scientists, philosophers and theologians, based in Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, Kerala, India committed to the cause of the constructive dialogue between science and religion. Non-sectarian and multi-religious in its approach, ISR stands for a value-based integration of the religious, philosophical, ethical and societal implications of the revolutionary developments in modern science into the diverse strata of human life, both at the academic and popular levels. The activities of ISR include: Publication of Omega - Indian Journal of Science and Religion; publication of original research in science and religion, philosophy of science, etc. in English as well as our local dialect, Malayalam; Translation of outstanding literature in English on related topics into Malayalam; Popularisation of the Science-Religion dialogue through seminars, colloquia, discussion forums, essay competitions, exhibitions, etc; Providing faculty and pedagogical resources on philosophy of science and science and Religion to centers of learning; Collaboration with scientists, philosophers and theologians who share a commonality of vision. Launched one year prior to application, this society joins scholars, students and others related informally to the institute to “foster the concrete and constructive dialogue between science and religion, especially in the regional language of Malayalam”. Many of the public events are telecast on regional and national television. The Institute also sponsors a public library which is open for use by area scholars, seminarians and students, with available texts listed and updated on their website. Society members are active in promoting the integration of science-religion courses into area seminaries, and the popularization of the dialogue within the broader educational community through lecture series, essay competitions and other programs.

Bangalore Forum for Science and Religion

Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Bangalore

This group of scientists, belonging to the premier science institutions in Bangalore, have been “evaluating scientific discoveries and changes in religious world vision” since September of 1998. One of the Forum’s primary goals is the promotion of the intellectual and spiritual development of its members and the community. Exploring topics such as the historic and contemporary relationship of science and faith and scientific discovery and changes in religious world vision, the Forum shares the discussion by presenting lectures in schools, colleges, seminaries, parishes, and volunteer organizations. Debates, essay competitions, and science exhibitions are also part of the outreach effort. In addition, the Forum attends popular religious festivals and engages in “research on the dynamics and cosmology behind such celebrations.” They also conduct local and national seminars to publicize the science and religion dialogue. Some of these programs may be aired on national television and radio programs. Several of the Forum’s members have a deep interest in art and will aid the promotion of public lectures through producing paintings and posters.

Center for Study of Science and Religion

Institute for Human Science and Service
Visakhapatnam

This society consists of scientists in the physical and biological sciences and scholars in the humanities and social sciences who have a deep interest in the spiritual dimensions of knowledge. The activities of this group include bi-weekly meetings, monthly workshops, tri-monthly seminars, and an annual conference. The objectives of these activities are to (1) promote non-judgmental understanding of different faiths as particular expressions of a profound universal mosaic called religion; (2) help to generate and unambiguous grasp of the scope and limits of science and the ethical and social challenges posed by its recent advances; (3) search for a hermeneutical resolution of the seemingly conflicting truth claims among different faiths and between religious beliefs and scientific claims; (4) examine whether science is a self-contained system or whether it points to something beyond itself; and (5) consider how religion might be seen as a value-addition to scientific knowledge. Some of the other activities proposed at the Center are: providing speakers to local student groups to promote science-religion dialogue, publishing a newsletter, setting up for public use a reading room and library dedicated to the study of science and religion, and supporting publication and translation of books that bridge the explanatory gap between religion and science. Particular programmatic emphases include yoga and meditation, Indian religious thought, psychology, health, and the role women in religion and science.

Jnanam Discussion Group

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth
Pune

Named after the Sanskrit word for wisdom, this pre-existing group consists of researchers and students interested in exploring dialogue and reaching the community at large through organized twice-monthly meetings, seminars and conferences. A website with email discussion groups, book publication, a membership journal, and CD ROM presentations further outreach efforts. The group explores a broad array questions relevant in the context of contemporary Indian society such as fine tuning and human emergence; perspectives on death and dying; scientific and religious perspectives on reconciliation in light of the works of Gandhi.

Science and Spirituality: The Delhi Dialogues

Samvad India Foundation
Saket, New Delhi

This Society draws its members from the faculty and students of India’s three top-rated institutions of higher learning and research, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Regular meetings are held in rotation at these three institutions and at general venues to invite public participation. In the words of the Society Chair, “this initiative serves to promote one of the basic objectives of the host institution, Samvad India Foundation. Samvad, a Sanskrit word and now a part of most modern Indian languages, means ‘speaking together,’ ‘conversation,’ ‘dialogue,’ ‘colloquy,’ ‘discussion and debate.’ This program is born out of a deep two-fold concern: First, to explore seriously the interaction, interrelationship, and interface between science and spirituality. Second, to espouse and engender the values of tolerance and mutual respect not only among different religious and belief systems in India, but also between these and science.” This group examines topics ranging from Yoga and consciousness studies to ethics and science, adopting a comprehensive view of historic and contemporary themes in religion and science from the perspective of traditional Indian spirituality. The dialogues are filmed, publicized widely, and published in hardcopy format.

Japan

Kyoritsu Christian Institute Science and Religion Program
Tokyo Christian University
Inzai-City, Chiba Prefecture

Founded five years ago, this group of professors and scholars in fields of theoretical physics, agricultural science, medicine, engineering, linguistics, psychology, theology, and education, came together monthly to discuss and consider “problems of the person in the scientific age.” After spending the first three years addressing and overcoming the difficulties of interdisciplinary communication of concepts and definitions of technical terms, and developing a common language for collaborative work, the society began to move forward with planning as a research group. The next stage in development produced several books, elaborating concepts in science and faith applicable to Asian and Japanese realities and contexts. Also produced in this collaborative work were Japanese translations of Polkinghorne’s Belief in God in an Age of Science and McGrath’s Science and Religion. Through the LSI program, the group now expands its work to define and refine dialogue in consideration of themes such as emergent hermeneutics and philosophy, critical realism in science and religion, nature and society as complex system (ontology), and meaning, consciousness and perception (epistemology). Outreach invites the perspectives of scholars and student leaders from other institutions with complementary background and fields of expertise to contribute to the work. One of the aims of the project is to apply the consistency of the holistic theory of science and religion provided through emergent hermeneutics as a tool to provide novel insight into fields of biology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, ethics, evolution, and experimental sciences.

Lebanon

NDU, Lebanon Communio Study Circle

Notre Dame University
Zouk Mikael

Part of a worldwide network of discussion groups that meet monthly to discuss articles from the International Catholic Review, the Communio Study Circle at NDU, Lebanon has been meeting for seven years. The group’s emerging interest in the importance of religion/science dialogue resulted in a proposal to the Local Societies Initiative. This study circle brings together Christian, Muslim, Maronite, and Melikite scholars in a diversity of academic disciplines including physics, behavioral science, philosophy, theology, political science and computer science. First on the agenda was to teach one another the basics of the particular disciplines and belief systems represented. Once this basic foundation was laid, armed with their newly acquired understanding, the group began to explore, through monthly seminars, presentations and book studies specific topics in contemporary science-faith dialogue. Topics explored by the group include historical and contemporary perspectives in physics and cosmology; philosophical and theological views on scientific discovery; and broad overviews of the contemporary engagement of science and faith. The findings and discussions of these proceedings are to be published by the group in the annual summary of worldwide Communio activities. In addition, the group has launched an engagement with national radio and television stations, bringing considerations of science and faith to an audience in the millions. A translation project, bringing ancient Arabic works related to science/faith interface into the contemporary milieu and modern English, French and German into Arabic translation.

Pakistan

Government Postgraduate College
Mansehra

HSSRD was the first three-time awardee of the LSI supplemental award in 2002, 2003 and 2004.The focus of this society is to view the multitude of dialogue topics from different angles under the heading of “Religion and Science: Past, Present and Future”. In the words of the Chair of HSSRD, the society wants to “provide a forum where both Traditionalists and Modernists will be invited, diverse viewpoints can be presented and accommodated, and where tolerance should be nurtured in its true sense in religious scholars and scientists”. Among many projects the society seeks to form a study circles, discussions held at fortnightly meetings with paper presentations, and seminars organized on a national level. Outreach of the group is extensive, including a website, a quarterly journal entitled Science-Religion Dialogue, national essay competitions, translations of contemporary texts into Urdu, an online course, and a book competition. By providing the publications to institutions of higher learning, religious institutes (madrassas), and libraries throughout Pakistan the society hopes to foster open dialogue across the country. Members of the society believe that through equipping religious students and scholars with scientific knowledge and scientific scholars with religious knowledge they promote the bridging of the gap between reason and revelation. The ultimate goal is to motivate an increasing number of thinkers and scholars to “engage in constructive and purposeful dialogue.”

NWFP Agricultural University
Peshawar

Forum for the Promotion of Religion-Science Discourse (FPRSD) seeks to bring together scholars, scientists, religious leaders, professors and students to deliberate on issues and suggest strategies to meet the new ethical challenges, mainly in 21st century, in science. Discussions also address the role of spiritual and moral values in modern science. The forum aims to encourage and promote human values and persistent search for divine pleasure as it is pre-requisite for global stability and peace. The forum explores topics of keen interest to the society including present and future environmental crisis, faith and rights of future generations, challenges to the theological and spiritual values in modern and post modern era, and present day science and technology as well as measures for international peace and sustainable development both from religious and scientific perspectives. FPRSD holds a unique combination of weekly core-planning meetings and a series of monthly programs including seminars, workshops, symposia, debates, speech and essay competitions, radio programs, training courses, and presentations to various universities and colleges. FPRSD undertakes extensive publicity of events in newspapers and on radio, web-site development, development of a religion-science library, publishing of a magazine, newsletters, and book exhibitions to promote and enhance the interactions among communities and leaders in order to create a better environment for dialogue and exchange of views. These intellectually challenging programs serve to educate, while seeking to discern a realistic appraisal of the degree of impact humans have on the planet and its resources. Matching funds resources are provided by twelve core members of FPSRD and NWFP Agricultural University Peshawar.

Sri Lanka

Society for the Integration of Science and Human Values (SISHV)

Lanka Jatika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamya
University of Peradeniya, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies
Peradeniya

A new venture, this society brings together academics specializing in medicine, engineering, physics, chemistry, microbiology, psychology and psychiatry, food technology and agriculture, economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, language, and literature with leading religious leaders belonging to all major faiths in Sri Lanka. Meeting every other month, the group explores themes in ethics and moral direction of science and technology, application of scientific methodology in moral and spiritual development, the scientific implications of key Buddhist concepts, and paranormal phenomena. Each year culminates in a comprehensive public conference to extend the dialogue as a major educational activity. The group expects to develop a series of publications based on the proceedings of meetings and conference materials. The project is hosted by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya, which provides matching fund resources and Lanka Jatika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamya.

Taiwan

Fu Jen Catholic University
Hsinchuang, Taipei

Founded in 2001, to provide a platform for research and teaching in the context of the culture of Taiwan and China, the Center brings together researchers in theology, religious studies, humanities and social sciences with those in the physical and life sciences. While its roots are in the Christian tradition, the Center encourages a dialogue among the adherents of the many religious and philosophical traditions of Taiwan such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and the folk traditions. Four types of activities comprise the plans of this society – interactive conferences, focused seminar groups and guest lecturers; scholarly publication; research and curriculum development. Public events are free and open to the community and advertised through posters and flyers. Topics for consideration include bioethics, religion-science dialogue in China/Taiwan and the West, religion and science in Taiwan’s religious and philosophical traditions, topical discussion of Western and Chinese medicine, environmental ethics and biotechnology, origins, nature of life, evolution theory and emergence. The Center also has a website for announcements and information in both Chinese and English that includes enhanced information for society members. The Center is in the process of collecting popular and scholarly materials on religion and science in Chinese to make available as a library resource for members. Future plans include enhancing the relationship with interested scholars and students from institutions in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Matching funds are provided by Fu Jen Catholic University.

Tajikistan

Human and Universe through the prism of the Koran and Science

Department of Philosophy and Political Sciences
Tajik Technical University
Dushanbe

Bringing together a core group of scholars in philosophy, anthropology, Islamic theology and law, astrophysics, biology, sociology, and history this society invites membership from professional scientists and theologians, religious leaders, students, and the general public. Monthly roundtable discussions and colloquia investigate the interrelation of science and Islam – exploring matters in philosophy, astronomy, physics, biology, physiology, physical and mental health as presented in the Koran in comparison with modern scientific achievements and knowledge. Members stay connected between meetings through a website and email list, which also serves as an outreach tool complementing public initiatives. All meetings and events will be recorded on video for development of a national television documentary series. Members will also pursue the development of radio series and publication in popular press and scientific magazines. Plans also include the production of a book, tentatively titled Scientific Aspects and Modern Interpretation of the Koran about the World and Human Being. Matching funds are provided by Tajik Technical University.

Thailand

The Thousand Stars Foundation
Bangkok

Bringing together Buddhist practitioners with representatives of other religions, religious scholars, philosophers, scientists, medical professionals, linguists, and other interested members of the community, this society addresses the widespread curiosity and concern regarding modernization and scientific advances in relation to the tenets of Buddhism in Thai society. The group explores science and faith in consideration of the doctrines of karma and rebirth, death and dying, ethics and cosmology, neuroscience and biology, human cloning, and genetics to gain a better understanding from the perspectives of both the traditional Thai ‘Theravada’ and Tibetan ‘Mahayana’ Buddhist thought on modern science. Activities include a national symposium on dreams, sleep and spirituality from multifaceted perspectives in religion – including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism – science, and medical professions. Monthly meetings bring together members for dialogue and discussion with scholars, scientists, professionals, students, and the interested public. Outreach to increase membership incorporates an accessible and publicized website, advertising, and exposure through local and national newspapers, television, and radio programs. Matching funds are provided by The Thousand Stars Foundation and a grant of the Research Program on Science in Thai Culture and Society funded by the National Research Council of Thailand.