Forum on Science for a Sustainable Planet Slated for Sept. 5


Ellis Rubenstein, president and chief executive officer of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), will speak about the science and technology of sustainability at September 5 forum co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and the School of Public Health.

Rubenstein’s will speak on “Science for a Sustainable Planet: The Critical Role of Science and Technology in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

Rubenstein has been the president and CEO of the NYAS for 15 years. The Academy’s mission is to “drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy.” The organization does this by convening scientists and researchers at events and symposia, open innovative challenges, and continuous programming for scientists throughout their careers.

The talk will address the ways science and technology will contribute to achieving the United Nations’ goal of protecting the planet from degradation. Rubenstein is uniquely positioned to discuss the topic as he has led the establishment of the Academy’s partnerships with the U.N. and its secretary general.

Before joining the Academy, Rubenstein was a science journalist who earned three National Magazine Awards and worked as the editor of Science, and as an editor for IEEE Spectrum, Science 86, and Newsweek.

The talk will take place on the School of Public Health’s campus at the Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street in Boston, and it will also be live-streamed on the SPH’s website. The event is free and open to all members of the Boston University community, including all College of Engineering students, faculty, staff and alumni.