Online Event

16th Annual Discovery Society Insiders Briefing

You are cordially invited to join in the virtual 16th Annual Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design, to be held on August 8 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific. This is an invitation-only meeting for members of the Discovery Society. The meeting will be conducted via the Zoom platform and there is no cost to participate in the event.

The event includes two main sessions. The first is an update on our ID 3.0 Research Initiative moderated by CSC Director, Stephen C. Meyer and featuring Günter BechlySiegfried Scherer, and a third scientist yet to be confirmed. The second main session will be a panel presentation on Reaching Young People with Brian MillerMelissa Cain Travis, and Hillary Morgan Ferrer. Intermingled with the sessions will be updates on our other initiatives and upcoming projects.

As a bonus, beginning on August 6 and continuing through August 20, those who register for the Insiders Briefing will have exclusive access to a curated selection of Summer Seminar sessions through our DiscoveryU platform. Information on enrolling for those courses will be sent closer to August 6.

This is a one-time opportunity to watch any or all of the following lectures:

  • History of Discovery Institute/State of the Debate (John West)
  • Research Topics in Astrobiology (Guillermo Gonzalez and Bijan Nemati)
  • The Origin of Animal Body Plans as A Case Study in Design Inference (Paul Nelson)
  • Applications of Engineering in Biology (Brian Miller)
  • Using Engineering Principles to Model Biological Systems (Stuart Burgess)
  • A Design-Based Model to Explain the Pattern of Nature (Winston Ewert)
  • Ontogenetic Information (Jonathan Wells)
  • The Biology of Human Uniqueness (Ann Gauger)
  • Darwinism, Business, and Economics (John West)
  • Economics, Materialism, and Intelligent Design (Jay Richards)

You are welcome to bring others to your home to participate in the meeting or Summer Seminar Sessions. However, only active members of the Discovery Society will be allowed to register and receive links to attend. Do not share the registration link below, as we will be vetting all registrations. Those who are not members will not be sent a link to participate.

We hope that many will join us for this unique event! Registration is now closed.


Saturday, August 8, 2020
9-12 PT


Via the Zoom platform

Registration is now closed.


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(206) 826–5548.


Stephen C. Meyer

Director, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He is author of the New York Times-bestseller Darwin’s Doubt (2013) as well as the book Signature in the Cell (2009) and Return of the God Hypothesis (2021). In 2004, Meyer ignited a firestorm of media and scientific controversy when a biology journal at the Smithsonian Institution published his peer-reviewed scientific article advancing intelligent design. Meyer has been featured on national television and radio programs, including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBS's Sunday Morning, NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, Good Morning America, Nightline, FOX News Live, and the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Times front-page stories and has garnered attention in other top-national media.

Günter Bechly

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Günter Bechly is a German paleo-entomologist who specializes in the fossil history and systematics of insects (esp. dragonflies), the most diverse group of animals. He served as curator for amber and fossil insects in the department of paleontology at the State Museum of Natural History (SMNS) in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Dr. Bechly earned his Ph.D. in geosciences from Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, Germany.

Brian Miller

Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Dr. Brian Miller is Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow for the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society. He also has consulted on organizational development and strategic planning, and he is a technical consultant for Ideashares, a virtual incubator dedicated to bringing innovation to the marketplace.