Enriching a Global Community

The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute brings people together to experience vitally new ideas and discuss pressing global issues. The Institute presents academic conferences, research workshops, public lectures, conversations with authors and artists, films, and co-sponsors exhibitions in both Abu Dhabi and New York.

Fabio Piano, NYUAD Provost

It is that constant, continuous ability to bring top discourse to Abu Dhabi that has been one of the great success stories of the Institute.

Fabio Piano, NYU Abu Dhabi Provost

Featured Events

Institute talks and conferences explore topics central to NYU Abu Dhabi academic and research pursuits
such as sustainability, urban planning, climate change, peace, genomics, and world finance.

Artistic Mathematics: Truth and Beauty

Open to the Public
September 24, 2018
NYUAD Campus, Conference Center

This talk focuses on work in mathematical visualization: making accurate, effective, and beautiful pictures, models, and experiences of mathematical concepts. This talk also discusses what it is that makes a visualization compelling, and show many examples in the medium of 3D printing, as well as some explorations in virtual reality and spherical video.

Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Rowing the Atlantic: Achieving the Extraordinary

Open to the Public
September 26, 2018
NYUAD Campus, Conference Center

One very big ocean. One very small boat. Four very determined women. This is the story of four very different personalities who decided to put their lives on hold and rough it, pitting themselves against the might of the ocean and the sometimes terrifying moods of the weather.


Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Battling Cancer: Texaphyrins as Drug Candidates

Open to the Public 
September 30, 2018
NYUAD Campus, Conference Center

This talk presents a personal story of a three-time cancer survivor and how people have tried to fight back against cancer by studying the chemistry and anti-cancer biology of expanded porphyrins. Expanded porphyrin is a term we introduced into the literature in 1988 to describe larger homologues of natural blood pigments, such as the dyes (called heme) that make blood red. 


Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

Past Event Highlights

This is just a small sample of public events recently hosted by the Institute.


Many Institute talks are recorded and available online.

Program Proposals

The Institute welcomes proposals for multi-day conferences, workshops, and regional seminars in fields of study that have thematic relevance to the NYUAD curriculum and areas of research: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Science.
Submission guidelines and procedures (PDF)

Submission deadlines
February 1 and September 1

About the Institute

The Institute is a cornerstone of academic excellence at NYU Abu Dhabi, supporting innovative research programs, and organizing public discussions with international experts.

Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Atlantic Council, Barjeel, Emirates Falconers Club, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Hedaya, UAE University, Zayed University.

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