Science for a Sustainable Planet: The Critical Role of Science and Technology in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
72 East Concord Street
In 2015, the United Nations established the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.” Included in this agenda is the commitment to protecting the planet from degradation. But how will this be achieved? Ellis Rubinstein will address the role of science and technology in accomplishing this goal to ensure a sustainable planet for present and future generations.
Cohosted with Boston University College of Engineering
Ellis Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Academy of Sciences
As editor of the world’s largest circulation scientific journal, Science, for a decade, Rubinstein globalized the publication, developing the world’s largest international science news network. A pioneer in internet-based publishing, he launched a daily news service, ScienceNow; a global website for graduate students and post-docs, Science’s Next Wave; and an unprecedented science-based social network, SAGE KE, or the Science of Aging Knowledge Environment. Individually, he conducted the first one-on-one interview granted to a Western magazine editor with China’s then-president Jiang Zemin; garnered President Bill Clinton’s first interview with a science magazine; and authored a much-cited investigative report on the controversial derivation of the cell line in which the AIDS virus was grown in the United States. Before coming to Science, Rubinstein was a science journalist and managing editor of IEEE Spectrum and Science 86, editor of The Scientist, and a senior editor at Newsweek. His work merited three National Magazine Awards.
A 1967 magna cum laude graduate in English literature of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also attended graduate school, Rubinstein taught high school English before becoming a journalist. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, a lifetime member of the IEEE, and a foreign member of Sweden’s Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been a member of the National Association of Science Writers since 1989. Rubinstein was a member of the World Economic Forum, moderating panels in Davos, Switzerland, and he also participates on the Council of Japan’s prestigious Science & Technology in Society (STS) Forum, among other external activities. He holds honorary degrees in communications from Hallym University in South Korea and in science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.