Bridging Science and Faith

As part of and in conjunction with the Fifth International Vatican Conference, we will convene interdisciplinary discussions on the role of religion, faith and spirituality, the relationship between the mind, body and soul, the anthropological and cultural dimensions of being human and look for areas of convergence between the humanities and the natural sciences. We will engage with physicians, scientists, leaders of faith, ethicists, and theologians to help us bridge science and faith. The organizers will also host special meetings with students of philosophical, theological or biomedical faculties of Pontifical Universities in Rome with some of our participants to present on these topics.


H.Em. Cardinal Gianfranco  Ravasi

President, Pontifical Council for Culture

Robin L. Smith, MD

President, Cura Foundation and Stem for Life,
and Vice President and Director,
Science and Faith Foundation (STOQ)

Rev. Msgr. Tomasz Trafny

Head of Science and Faith Department,
Pontifical Council for Culture and
General Secretary, Science and Faith Foundation (STOQ)


Professor of Biology and of Theology,
Providence College

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chief Rabbi of Rome

John A. Creighton University Professor and
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities
Creighton University

Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Director of International Center for Philosophy and Center for Science and Thought, University of Bonn, Germany

Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

General Authority Seventy,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Compassion Institute

Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives and Interim Director of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego

Director, Program on Medicine and Religion and Director, Initiative on Islam and Medicine,
University of Chicago

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Center of Mental Health, University of Würzburg, Germany

Professor, MIT Media Lab,
Chief Scientist and Chairman, Empatica

Associate Professor of Oncology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Professor, Chair and Chief of Medicine, Cooper University Health Care, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

President, Samaritan Health Initiatives

Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Information Technology, Analytics & Operations, University of Notre Dame

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