Stephen M. Barr is Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware and Director of its Bartol Research Institute. His area of research is theoretical particle physics and cosmology. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1978. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011 “for his original contributions to grand unified theories, CP violation and baryogenesis.” He is the author of “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith” and “The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.” He is President of the Society of Catholic Scientists.
Edward Feser is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.A. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies from the California State University at Fullerton. He is the author of many books, including “On Nozick”, “Philosophy of Mind”, “Locke”, “The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism”, “Aquinas”, “Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction”, “Neo-Scholastic Essays”, and “Five Proofs of the Existence of God”; is co-author of “By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment”; and editor of “The Cambridge Companion to Hayek” and “Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics”.
Peter Koellner is Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D from MIT in 2003. His main areas of research are mathematical logic, specifically set theory, and philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics, analytic philosophy, and philosophy of language. In 2008, Koellner was awarded a Kurt Gödel Centenary Research Prize Fellowship. Currently, Koellner serves on the American Philosophical Association's Advisory Committee to the Eastern Division Program Committee in the area of Logic.
Juan Martín Maldacena is the Carl P. Feinberg Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His work focuses on quantum gravity, string theory, and quantum field theory. Among his many discoveries is the “AdS/CFT correspondence” between quantum gravity and quantum field theories, which has greatly advanced theoretical understanding of both. The 1997 paper in which he proposed this correspondence is the most cited paper in the history of theoretical particle physics. Among the awards he has received are the Fundamental Physics Prize (2012), the Pomeranchuk Prize (2012), the Dirac Prize and Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (2008); the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of American Institute of Physics and American Physical Society (2007); the Edward A. Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society (2004); the Pius XI Medal (2002); the Sackler Prize in Physics (2000); and UNESCO’s Javed Husain Prize for Young Scientists (1999).
Valerio Scarani is principal investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Professor at the National University of Singapore. He received a PhD in physics in 2000 from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), working on NMR studies of magnetic nanostructures. From 2000 to 2007, he worked with Nicolas Gisin at the University of Geneva, becoming a leader in the fields of quantum information, quantum cryptography and Bell non-locality. He has pioneered “device-independent certification.”
Aaron Schurger is principal investigator (chargé de recherche 1) with the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), based at the NeuroSpin Research Center near Paris. His research focuses on the neural signatures of subjective experience and the neural antecedents of self-initiated movement. Schurger completed his undergraduate studies in computer science at Indiana University and his masters and PhD in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University. After that he worked as a post-doc at the NeuroSpin research center in France and at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2013 Schurger was awarded the William James Prize from the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) and in 2015 was awarded the BMI-Kaloy prize from the Kaloy Foundation for his 2012 work on the role of spontaneous fluctuations in brain activity in self-initiated movement. In 2015, Schurger was awarded a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate spontaneous voluntary movement: how decisions-to-act emerge in the brain in the absence of an external imperative.