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International Society for Science and Religion

Call for Proposals

Statement of Purpose

ISSR was established in 2002 for the promotion of education through inter-disciplinary learning and research in the fields of science and religion, conducted in an international and multi-faith context. Fellowship of the Society has now grown to nearly 200 members, including many of the leading scholars in the science and religion field. Indeed the first two presidents, George Ellis, a theoretical cosmologist and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and John Polkinghorne, are both recipients of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities – the world’s best-known religion prize, awarded each year to a living person to encourage and honour those who advance spiritual matters.

Membership of the society, be that of Fellows or Associate Members, is truly universal: the society incorporates, and counts among its members atheists as well as representatives from a variety of faith traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam in addition to Christianity. Membership is also widely distributed geographically, with representatives from countries as diverse as South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as from Europe and America.

ISSR welcomes applications from scholars and interested members of the public to join as Associate Members. Associates get access to ISSR newsletters, and can apply for reduced subscription rates to various science and religion journals. Information about ISSR associates and those wanting to apply to join the ISSR as associates can be found on the “Join ISSR” page”.

For more information, see


  • Ronald S. Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
  • Michael Reiss, University College London
    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025



Review Process


Review Process Comments

ISSR creates sessions by (1) inviting suggestions from its fellows [about 180 people]; (2) crafting suggestions into coherent ideas for sessions; (3) gaining approval from those members of the ISSR EXEC who are active in AAR; (4) following up on details of invitation and scheduling.