The recent Engineering and Metaphysics conference (abstract and videos available here) came about because of what I saw as a glaring need in the ID community – a place for mid-level ID researchers to come together and openly talk about topics of interest. Most ID conferences, historically, have been by a fairly closed group of people, often by invitation only. Therefore, those who want to do research in ID are left without venues to present and discuss their ideas. This is not a good state of affairs for a budding research area.
Therefore, I decided to team up with some people and put on a conference of interest to ID people. Not specifically ID – there’s no reason to be exclusionary – but one that is focused on an area of research of interest to ID and which permits the inclusion of ID-oriented topics. This first conference was on engineering for a variety of reasons. First of all, it includes a number of people and disciplines who might not be normally contributing. Second, putting ID in a new context can help generate new ideas. Third, since it is engineering, this brought forward a number of application areas for ID. And I don’t want to give the impression that the non-ID presentations weren’t worthwhile – they certainly were, though the distinction between ID and non-ID is sometimes hard to make! However, since this is an ID blog, I’m concentrating on the way the conference relates to the ID community.
So, based on the success of this first conference, I’m planning on doing this some more. However, I would like input from the community. I have some ideas for future conferences (including future ones with the same topic), but I was curious if you all had topic ideas you all would like to see for future ID-inclusive research conferences. Let me know!