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Introducing the International Science Reserve

The International Science Reserve (ISR) is a global network of open communities of discovery that brings together specialized resources from across the globe to prepare for and mitigate, complex and urgent global crises.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, science in time of crisis is not “science as usual,” and no individual country can handle the impact of a transnational crisis alone. Such threats do not recognize national borders and require a highly focused intensive effort by the world’s very best scientific experts without the encumbrance of government, institutional bureaucracies or corporate agendas.

In an interview with Fortune, Nicholas Dirks, President & CEO, New York Academy of Sciences, outlined two primary goals for the ISR:


"One is the establishment of a kind of knowledge network, by which I mean we will begin to…track and develop a database of all the different experts and scientific resources relevant to different kinds of potential scenarios of catastrophe.

The second thing we would do is…engage in readiness exercises or certain kinds of scenario planning, where we would pick a particular [potential] catastrophe and then simulate how we would respond in real time to it."


IBM and the New York Academy of Sciences have a one-year joint study agreement to pilot the ISR, with IBM providing funding and in-kind resources. The inspiration for the ISR came from IBM’s creation of the COVID-19 HPC (High Powered Computing) Consortium, which has helped more than 100 research teams develop treatments and better understand disease transmission.

The ISR is scheduled to launch in early 2022.  ​​

For more information or to learn how you can become a participant in this initiative​ please email:

ISR@NYAS.ORG


With thanks to our Founding Partner IBM for their generous support of the International Science Reserve