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Celebrating Extraordinary Science at our 15th Annual Gala

Published November 09, 2018

On Monday, November 5th, 2018, more than 300 members of the New York area’s elite scientific community gathered at the Conrad Hotel to honor rising stars in science.

Academy President and CEO Ellis Rubinstein opened the festivities by congratulating the newest Members of the World’s Smartest Network® — the honorees of the 2018 Blavatnik Regional for Young Scientists. The Academy’s Chief Scientific Officer for Scientific Programs and Awards, Dr. Brooke Grindlinger, welcomed each honoree to the podium, where the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s Peter Thorén presented them with their personalized medals.

In keeping with the evening’s theme of “Celebrating the Extraordinary,” a short video presentation highlighted how the Academy and its partners are supporting future scientists and engineers through the Global STEM Alliance.

A moving keynote address was delivered by Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is leading the UN’s efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ms. Mohammed challenged the audience to support this crucial UN initiative, emphasizing the critical role that scientists and engineers must play in helping the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

A photo album from the evening’s festivities can be found here.

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