• Frontiers of Science

  • Frontiers of Science is the Academy's core program for scientific conferences and symposia. Bringing together international experts and partners from academia, industry, government, and beyond, Frontiers of Science provides a neutral forum for participants to exchange information on basic and applied research and to discuss the broader role of science, medicine, and technology in society. Convenings are held at the Academy's headquarters in New York City, at other locations across the United States, and around the world.

    Frontiers of Science organizes approximately 12–14 international interdisciplinary conferences each year. It also runs an extensive schedule of events organized around interdisciplinary Discussion Groups focused on current topics in the life sciences, physical sciences, sustainability, and engineering totaling approximately 60 meetings each year. Each Discussion Group meets several times annually, building communities with similar scientific interests, while providing a unique opportunity to learn about the latest scientific developments.

    To encourage global participation and to expand the discussion beyond the New York City area, the Academy also provides access to meetings through webinars. These webinars include live question-and-answer sessions with the presenters.

    Proceedings of most Frontiers of Science events are published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and as eBriefings, Web-based multimedia reports written by professional science writers featuring conference highlights, slides, and audio and video. Members of the New York Academy of Sciences are entitled to free or discounted admission to all Frontiers of Science events and free online access to all meeting publications.

    For more information about upcoming Frontiers of Science meetings, visit our events calendar. Frontiers of Science also offers sponsorship opportunities for our conferences and discussion group meetings. Additional details, including steering committee and sponsorship information, are available through the links below.

    Frontiers of Science Discussion Groups

    Topics in Life Sciences & Biomedical Research

    Biochemical Pharmacology
    Brain Dysfunction
    Cancer & Signaling
    Chemical Biology
    Genome Integrity
    Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
    Microbiome Science
    Non-coding RNA Biology
    Predictive Toxicology
    Structural Biology
    Systems Biology
    Translational Medicine

    Topics in Physical Sciences & Engineering

    Biomolecular Engineering
    Chemical Engineering
    Computer Science & Economics
    Condensed Matter Physics
    Machine Learning

    Topics in Environmental Sciences & Sustainability

    Green Buildings
    Green Science & Environmental Policy
    Greening Transportation & Infrastructure

    Hot Topics

    Frontiers of Science Conferences

    Conference Proposals

    The Academy invites conference proposals from a wide variety of fields (including, but not limited to, biomedical sciences, chemistry, physical sciences, engineering, and technology), giving priority to conferences in cutting-edge, solution-oriented, multidisciplinary subject areas and to issues facing the public and private sectors at the intersection of science, technology, and society.

    The Academy welcomes expressions of interest in conference collaborations from all sectors and geographies. Convenings may be proposed for presentation at the Academy's headquarters in New York City, at other locations across the United States, and around the world.

    The Academy peer-reviews all conference proposals to ensure the highest quality, integrity, and timeliness of research. Conference proceedings are published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, and conference reports are available as eBriefings online.

    Funding support for Academy conferences is provided by educational grants from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. The objectives, curriculum, and sponsorship policies of all Academy conferences adhere to ACCME principles.

    Requirements for submitting a conference proposal to the New York Academy of Sciences are available online (pdf). To submit a proposal or to request more information about organizing a conference with the Academy, please contact Dr. Brooke Grindlinger at Proposals are accepted throughout the year.

    Contact Us

    Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

    Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Programs & Blavatnik Awards

    Melanie Brickman Stynes, PhD, MSc

    Director, Life Sciences Conferences

    Sonya Dougal, PhD

    Director, Life Sciences Discussion Groups

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