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About The New York Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1817, The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not for profit organization committed to advancing science and technology for the benefit of society.   

We drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy.

Since its inception, the Academy has played a critical role in shaping public discourse around science by providing an inclusive forum for the exchange of ideas, where those from multiple disciplines and perspectives all have a seat at the table. As the Academy continues into its third century, our global community of leaders in science, industry, academia and the public sector remain steadfast in our commitment to promoting science for the public good. The Academy is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Mission & Values

The mission of The New York Academy of Sciences is to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy.

What We Do

Through a collective action approach, the Academy promotes holistic, innovative solutions to advance the sciences for the economic and social wellbeing of society through research, education and policy.

Who We Are

Founded more than two centuries ago on the egalitarian principle of making the sciences more accessible, the Academy is an international network of experts and science enthusiasts from academia, industry, government and beyond, who strive to advance science for the public good. 

Our History

Established in 1817, the Academy has consistently been at the forefront of scientific exploration, an enduring legacy that continues to influence the course of science and society today.

News & Media

The Academy produces a range of original content to support our efforts. Additionally, our Leaders speak frequently at conferences, events and in the media. We also provide resources for credentialed external media covering Academy news, members, events and other happenings.


The Academy is committed to supporting the ongoing development of our employees and to that end, we encourage staff to shape their Academy career experience to align with their purpose and longterm goals. 

Message from our President & CEO Nicholas Dirks