Old town in Cracow, Poland in autumn time.
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Krakow, Poland
The Royal Castle in Krakow

Faith and Science in the Age of Secularization

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture is pleased to announce a co-sponsored event taking place in Krakow, Poland featuring Senior Fellows Günter Bechly, Michael Behe, Richard Sternberg, and Guillermo Gonzalez among other speakers. Read below for a description from the conference organizers.

The Polish Senate has declared 2023 the year of Nicolaus Copernicus, one of the most famous astronomers of all time. Copernicus, like other founders of modern science such as Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler, was a man of faith and repeatedly emphasised that scientific observation of the world leads to a deeper knowledge of its Creator and Author. For them, the biblical Christian faith was not an obstacle to research and groundbreaking discoveries, but rather an inspiration for a deeper knowledge of nature, since in their optics nature is a reflection of the divine plan and wisdom of the Creator.

The aim of the conference is to renew that spirit of harmony between faith and science which once constituted the natural milieu for the development of modern natural science. We hope that our participants will be strengthened in their conviction that even today, in the age of advanced science, it is possible to profess faith in God the Creator courageously, reasonably, and without complexes.

** Please note that this event is for in-person attendance only. There will be no livestream access.


June 1–3, 2023


The Royal Castle in Krakow
ul. Augustianska 28
Krakow, 31-064

+48 607-616-686


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.

Michael J. Behe

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Behe's current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures. In his career he has authored over 40 technical papers and three books, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA that Challenges Evolution, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, which argue that living system at the molecular level are best explained as being the result of deliberate intelligent design.

Fr. Michael Chaberek

Father Michael Chaberek is a Dominican priest, a professor at Collegium Intermarium with a doctorate in fundamental theology. In 2011 he obtained his doctoral degree at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. In 2012-2013 he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Discovery Institute in Seattle. He has published 30 scholarly articles and six books, including The Church and Evolution (2012), Creation or Evolution? A Catholic's Dilemma with Tomasz Rowiński (2014), Aquinas and Evolution (2018). He currently collaborates with the En Arche Foundation.

Guillermo Gonzalez

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Guillermo Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington. He has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, the Templeton Foundation, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the National Science Foundation. In 2024, he co-authored the YA novel The Farm at the Center of the Universe with Jonathan Witt.

Richard Sternberg

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Richard Sternberg is an evolutionary biologist with interests in the relation between genes and morphological homologies, and the nature of genomic “information.” He holds two Ph.D.'s: one in Biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and another in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. From 2001-2007, he served as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and from 2001-2007 was a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Sternberg is presently a research scientist at the Biologic Institute, supported by a research fellowship from the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He is also a Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History.