• New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala

  • We cordially invite to you save the date for
    The New York Academy of Sciences 2015 Annual Gala
    on November 9, 2015 at 6pm at The Conrad Hotel in New York, NY.


    His Excellency, 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
    AND the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Initiative

    The event will celebrate the launch of the Global STEM Alliance and the winners of the
    Regional Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

    Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton

    For additional information and to purchase tables or tickets, please contact

    2015 Gala Chairs (List in Formation)

    Mission Partner

    Mehmood Khan

    • PepsiCo


    Dr. Kenneth Davis
    Mount Sinai Health System

    Thomas Campbell Jackson
    Easton Capital Investment Group

    Dr. Diego Cadavid
    Biogen Idec

    Michael J. Dowling
    North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System
    • Mount Sinai
    • Easton Capital
    • Biogen


    Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn
    Cisco Systems

    Mikael Dolsten
    Pfizer, Inc.

    Dr. Paul M. Horn
    New York University

    Craig B. Thompson
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Nancy Zimpher
    The State University of New York

    Robert B. Catell

    Laurie H. Glimcher
    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Pablo Legoretta
    Royalty Pharma

    Marc Tessier-Lavigne
    The Rockefeller University

    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