Interdisciplinary Documentation Center for Science and Faith


 The Interdisciplinary Documentation Center of Science and Faith (DISF) is an interdisciplinary center for research and formation

In 2002, foundation of the DISF was laid with the publication of the Dictionary of Interdisciplinary Documentation of Science and Faith. At the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, after about 15 years in the making, the Center for Research and Formation, the portals and, and the Higher International School for Interdisciplinary Research (SISRI) were founded.

The main purpose of the DISF Research Center’s studies and initiatives is to increase the philosophical-humanistic formation of those working in the field of scientific research—young graduates, researchers, and scholars, who wish to enrich their studies or professional experience with a broader interdisciplinary framework—keeping in mind the philosophical foundations of the different disciplines, as well as the Christian Revelation.

Generally speaking, the research center's initiatives are intended to bring to fruition a more developed fusion of faith and reason in all those engaged in intellectual work and research. The center’s work is directed at scholars who have different philosophical or religious perspectives, as long as they are interested in the role the Judeo-Christian tradition of thought plays in the formation of Western culture.

The DISF Research Center is financially supported by the Italian Bishops' Conference (fondi 8xmille alla Chiesa cattolica)

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In evidenza

From January 21 to 25, 2024, at the Bonus Pastor, the Research Center DISF and the School of Philosophy of our University organized a seminar titled Creativity: Innovation, Transmission, and Motivation in Animals, Humans, and Societies.

The event, with participants from various fields of study - from theology to sociology, from archaeology to economics - addressed the two crucial dimensions for investigating creativity: the social and the environmental. Attention was also focused on cultural transmission strategies as a key element for the emergence of innovations. Finally, the theme of language and its role in creativity was explored.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2023 (from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Benedetto XVI Hall), the School of Theology, in collaboration with the DISF Research Center, has organized a public conference titled "The Word became flesh - Deep Incarnation in the 4th Century and today."

Moderated by professor Claudio Tagliapietra, the event featured professor Giulio Maspero delivering a presentation titled "Deep Incarnation and the Cappadocian's Relational Ontology" and professor Niels H. Gregersen with a presentation titled "Deep Incarnation and Chalcedon: Inspirations from the Cappadocian concept of mixis."

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The DISF Research Centre, the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences all'Apollinare (ISSRA) and the Federation of Institutes of Educational Activities (FIDAE) are organizing a training course for secondary school teachers entitled "Towards an integral ecology. Custody of planet and promotion of humanity".


The course will be held in two sessions:

• Saturday, 11 November 2023: Prof. Ivan Colagè - Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, DISF Center

• Saturday, 25 November 2023: Prof. Luca Fiorani - Sophia University Institute

Participation, exclusively online, allows you to obtain a certification for 1 training credit after registering via the S.O.F.I.A. platform.


To register click here.

The Permanent Seminar of SISRI

Academic Year 2023/2024

28 October 2023, Human freedom between neuroscience and phenomenology, Francesca Brencio, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

2 December 2023, Consumer economy, communication and computerized society: what space for free action?, Alessandro Sancino, University of Milan-Bicocca

17 February 2024, Freedom of research and freedom of the researcher: a contemporary recontextualization, Mariachiara Tallacchini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan


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