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Scientists Without Borders Nominated for Katerva Sustainability Award

Innovative NYAS Program Honored for Providing a 'Web-Based Platform for Sharing Expertise and Collaborating to Address the World’s Major Problems’

Published April 15, 2011

Scientists Without Borders, a public-private partnership from the New York Academy of Sciences has been named as a nominee for the 2011 Katerva Awards, an annual set of awards recognizing the best sustainability initiatives in the world.

"Too often innovative work that can improve the conditions of our planet happens in academic or governmental silos," writes Katerva. "Scientists Without Borders seeks to break down those silos – because we cannot afford not to." The full nomination run-down can be found at



Scientists Without Borders is a unique public/private partnership conceived of by the New York Academy of Sciences and the United Nations Millennium Project that applies collaboration and distributed and open innovation methods to tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. Scientists Without Borders provides a free web platform that connects a diverse, worldwide user community and strategic partner network, and enables them to generate, share, and advance solutions to concrete global development challenges requiring scientific or technological expertise, and to exchange resources. Scientists Without Borders does this in a neutral, credible, and transparent way.

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide since 1817. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, NYAS is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. NYAS' core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large.

The Katerva Awards are an annual set of awards for the very best sustainability initiatives on the planet. Katerva uses a massive network of spotters, researchers, panels, experts, and thought leaders and their evaluation process is a rigorous analysis of practical, strategic, scientific, social, and commercial aspects of each nominee. Katerva’s goal is to shine a global spotlight on the ideas and innovations by which humankind will live sustainably with the planet and help them grow and refine themselves. For more information visit