• Programs

  • The New York Academy of Sciences works to advance scientific knowledge, mobilize science to address major global challenges, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society. We accomplish this through a broad and dynamic range of programs and services. Learn more about our activities below.

    Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Initiative

    Facilitating innovations aimed at prevention and treatment — through an unprecedented multi-sector partnership focused on Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

    Global Compact for Early Childhood Development

    In an increasingly urbanized world, cities play a major role in helping all children achieve their full potential. Some cities are now working to strengthen health, nutrition and parenting programs, and extending early childhood development (ECD) efforts to other sectors, from justice systems to public spaces. This program is a platform to support civic leaders in this effort. This initiative is unique in its international scope and focus on improving the lives of urban children from gestation up to three years of age.

    Career Development

    The Education & Public Programs' mission is to inspire and support lifelong engagement with the sciences by creating education opportunities for scientists, educators, students, and the public. By providing invaluable resources to scientists at every stage of their lives and career development and by training and encouraging scientists to mentor their younger colleagues, the Academy is on the vanguard of ensuring that the world's most pressing challenges are not only met but overcome—today, tomorrow, and forever.

    Policy Evaluation and Transformation Group

    The New York Academy of Sciences' Policy Evaluation and Transformation Group is a team of global experts that advises national and local governments, industry, and academia on the development of informed science policy to optimize economic and social benefits.

    The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

    The Academy has recently established The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, dedicated to the advancement of nutrition science research and knowledge, translation of this work into the field, nutrition-inspired product development, and nutrition policy. The Institute will collaborate with the World Health Organization to formulate a prioritized agenda for nutrition science research. It will also house a public-private partnership of academic institutions, non-profit organizations, government bodies, and corporations that will work together to galvanize action on this agenda and implement outcomes in the field.

    Science Education

    The New York City Science Education Initiative has a simple mission: to identify high-impact, scalable pathways for scientists to directly improve the number of children who are STEM-literate. Our theory of change relies heavily on the core competencies of the Academy: to serve as a connector between the relatively well resourced scientific community to the relatively under-resourced education community who serve high-need students and under-resourced teachers in the STEM fields.

    Scientific Meetings

    Frontiers of Science is the Academy’s core program for convening professional scientific conferences and symposia, focusing on cutting-edge topics in the life sciences, physical sciences, and green science and sustainability. 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 on the broader role of science, medicine, and technology in society.

    Scientists Without BordersSM

    Scientists Without Borders aims to mobilize and coordinate science-based activities that improve quality of life in the developing world. The Scientists Without Borders database provides a way for organizations, projects, and individuals with complementary needs and resources to find one another.


    These meeting groups are organized by committees of Academy Members interested in particular areas of research. Each section presents lectures and symposia several times each year. Sections are currently active in Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, History & Philosophy of Science, Psychology, and Science Education.

    Past Programs

    The Committee on Human Rights of Scientists

    Fighting on behalf of the human rights of scientists, physicians, mathematicians, engineers, and educators around the world has been the raison d'être of the Academy's Committee on the Human Rights of Sciences since it was created in 1978.

    The Harbor Project

    The New York Academy of Sciences undertook a multi-year study to identify and quantify the flows of specific contaminants into the NY/NJ Harbor from its air and watershed, and to recommend pollution prevention strategies.