The Nature of Our Biophilic Universe

An interdisciplinary workshop in honour of Monseigneur Georges Lemaître

December 1-2, 2016 

Academia Belgica, Rome



The goal of this workshop is to bring together a selected group of physicists and philosophers of science to discuss modern topics in fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmology that are of broad interest to philosophy and that would have interested Lemaître were he alive today. These include the physics and habitability of exoplanets, the conditions required for structure formation in cosmology, the emergence of complexity in our universe more generally, the nature of prediction and verification in multiverse theories and the role of the observer in (quantum) cosmology and in string theory.

The workshop will take advantage of the exceptional setting of the Academia Belgica to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges in order to explore and deepen connections between the different fields of study. The aim is to create an opportunity for a genuine dialogue between physics, philosophy and religion, thus at the same time paying tribute to Mgr Georges Lemaître’s important work and role.