An international Shroud conference titled "Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Science" is scheduled for October 9-12, 2014. Co-sponsored by Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation and the Salt River Production Group, the conference will be held at the Drury Plaza Inn, 355 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017, just west of St. Louis and less than 20 miles from Lambert - St. Louis International Airport.

The organizing committee extended an invitation to Prof. Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, and he has accepted.

We also already have preliminary committments from six members of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP). Many other scientists and Shroud researchers are expected to attend. In addition to many new and exciting papers, roundtable discussions and open question & answer sessions are planned.

Some of the amenities of the hotel:

FREE HOT QUICKSTART Breakfast - At Drury, "hot" means fresh pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.

FREE 5:30 KICKBACK - From 5:30-7:00 p.m each evening, kick back, relax and enjoy a rotating menu of hot foods and cold beverages.

FREE Free Long Distance - One hour every room every night.

FREE Wireless Internet Access - High Speed Internet in all rooms and the lobby

FREE Soda and Popcorn - From 3:00 pm to 10:00 every night in the lobby.

Additional information, including directions to the hotel can be found at the hotel link shown below. Specific information regarding making reservations will be added to this site by early 2014. As there are numerous restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel, there will be no meal packages associated with registraton.

Proceedings for the conference will be available online, probably in early 2015.

Subject matter for the papers is open to any major aspect of sindonology, eg., Science, History, Art, Theology and can also include other relevant artifacts such as the Sudarium of Oviedo. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Joe Marino ( no later than 15 April 2014. (That date has changed from previous announcements.) If for some reason the abstract cannot be sent electronically, please send to Joe Marino / 2408 Sovron Ct. / Dublin, Ohio 43016 / USA. Authors will be limited to a maximum of 2 (two) papers as primary or secondary author. Abstracts will be sent to selected reviewers, who will not be informed of the identity of the author. Authors will also be required to send vitaes as well as a "head shot" photo. Authors will be notified of acceptance no later than 30 May 2014. English will be the official language of the conference. More details related to papers can be found below.

Note regarding dates: The conference will begin on Thursday evening October 9th and end at noon on Sunday October 12th. Monday, October 13th is the Columbus Day holiday.

Conference Information:
Registration: under construction
Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation:
Salt River Production Group:

Subject Matter:

Preference will be given to papers with new material, i.e., that has not been presented at a conference or published previously elsewhere. If a proposed paper is a mixture of previously presented/published material, the author is requested to state the percentage of new material contained in the paper.


Papers should be 30 minutes maximum, except those designated as “Special Presentations,” which may be longer.

Abstract Submission:

Acceptances or rejection will be based on abstracts alone; complete papers need not be submitted for review but for the Proceedings only. Authors are requested to submit abstracts between 250 and 500 words and a brief curriculum vitae of no more than 500 words.

Abstracts should be in Times New Roman font with size 12. Authors are requested to include an email address. Abstracts will have the submitter's name removed and sent to reviewers. Authors can submit as many abstracts as desired, but in order to open the floor to as many presenters as possible authors will likely be restricted to 2 papers for which they are the primary or secondary author. However, the possibility of allowing more than 2 papers per author remains open. If more than 2 abstracts are submitted, authors are requested to prioritize by number. Authors are also asked to specify if their papers include PowerPoint slides (or other visuals)