• New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

  • We cordially you invite to
    The New York Academy of Sciences 2015 Annual Gala

    Monday, November 9, 2015
    Reception 6pm
    Dinner and Awards 7pm
    The Conrad Hotel, 102 North End Avenue, Lower Manhattan


    The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
    Secretary General of the United Nations and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
    Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals

    Celebrating the launch of the Global Stem Alliance
    with Honorary Gala Chair Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation

    And featuring the Regional Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

    For additional information please contact or call 212.298.8690

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    Gala Chairs (as of September 11, 2015)


    Len Blavatnik
    Founder & Chairman, Access Industries; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

    Mission Partner

    • PepsiCo


    Thomas Campbell Jackson
    Easton Capital Investment Group; Governor, The New York Academy of Sciences

    • Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Easton Capital Investment Group
    • Biogen
    • North Shore LIJ Health System


    Acorda Therapeutics

    Cisco Systems

    New York University

    The Rockefeller University

    Rutgers University–Newark

    Craig B. Thompson
    President & CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Jan & Marica Vilcek
    Co-founders, The Vilcek Foundation

    Robert B. Catell
    Chairman, Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center, Stony Brook University
    Treasurer, The New York Academy of Sciences

    City University of New York

    Pfizer, Inc

    Royalty Pharma

    The State University of New York

    Weill Cornell Medical College

    John Wiley and Sons

    Technology Education Partner

    • Byte Academy

    About the New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

    For the past decade, the New York Academy of Sciences has celebrated New York City's vital role as a vibrant and ever-expanding hub of science and technology innovation. Our annual Gala gathers renowned scientists, industry luminaries, and up-and-coming talent to showcase the accomplishments of leaders in research and science outreach and to celebrate the annual announcement of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

    Each year, the Academy selects a different area of scientific research and development, emerging technology, or global innovation on which to shine the Gala's spotlight. At our 12th annual event—only six weeks after the United Nations announces its landmark "Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals" in New York, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will announce his commitment to science & technology as the single most important answer to addressing our planet's grand challenges.

    Later in the evening, the Academy will honor macroeconomist Professor Jeffrey Sachs for his critical role in developing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. This initiative, which aimed to end extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease, guided global development efforts and saved hundreds of millions of people over the last 15 years.

    The Academy's Gala also provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the many institutions—and their most important partners and supporters—that are attracting and retaining science and technology talent in the city, driving local innovation and economic development, and launching visionary initiatives. The Academy greatly appreciates how these institutions work together to build an even stronger future for New York.

    See highlights from previous years

    2014: The Beautiful Mind: New York Neuroscience Burns Bright

    2013: New York: A Science State of Mind

    2012: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline: Mentoring the Innovators of Tomorrow

    2011: Translational Science: Turning Discoveries into Treatments

    2010: Developing a Scientific Agenda for Nutrition

    2009: Sustainable Cities

    2008: Announcement of Innovation in Industry Awards

    2007: Announcement of Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

    2006: Announcement of Scientists Without Borders Program

    2005: Celebrating Diversity in Science: Supporting Women and Underrepresented Minorities

    2004: Inaugural Celebration of Science and the City

    Contact Us

    For more information about the Gala or to reserve a table, please contact the Development Department at:

    Linde E.T. Ostro, PhD

    Senior Vice President for Development

    Rebeca Ames

    Development Associate