The Institute Returns to In-Person Programming with New Season of Inspiring Talks

This marks the first in-person fall program after over two years of remote working

After more than two years of online activities, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Institute announces the resumption of in-person talks starting September 8. The fall lineup offers a wide variety of topics, including lectures on physics, heritage, history, politics, and architecture. The activities, which will be held at the NYUAD Conference Center, are free and open to the public.


“We are thrilled to see the return to in-person programming after two years of virtual talks. This year’s fall program offers an exceptional diversity of speakers, talks, and conferences, covering topics of local and global significance. We firmly believe in the important role we play as a confluence of academics, professionals, and leaders from around the world that serve the wider community with free firsthand access to knowledge, discourse, and experts.”

Vice Provost for Cultural and Research Engagement Nadia El Cheikh

The Institute will also present three series this season; these include the Al Andalus Series, Environment and the Middle East Series, and Philanthropy Series. The season kicks off on September 8 with a discussion titled Understanding Our Universe From 2km Underground, featuring Nobel Laureate in Physics Art McDonald. 

Furthermore, The Institute will work with the 50U team to highlight the UAE 50th Anniversary book, hosting a selection of figures who were interviewed for the project, including Managing Editor of 50U Francesco Degl'Innocenti, and Ramesh Shukla, the photographer behind some of the UAE's most iconic photographs.

The Institute will also honor the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for the first time by organizing a talk titled Prophet Muhammed’s Timeless Gifts to Humanity by Craig Considine, author of The Humanity of Muhammad – A Christian View.

Since Dubai will soon organize the International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference in 2025, The Institute will host Rashad Bukhash, chairman of ICOM, UAE Chapter, for a talk entitled The Evolution of the UAE Architecture. This will be in collaboration with the UAE’s Architectural Heritage Society. 

In addition to the free, public talks, The Institute will organize a number of conferences focusing on different areas of research in science, arts, social science, and engineering; prior registration for those is required. An overview of the fall program 2022 is detailed below; more talks and conferences will be available soon here and announced on The Institute’s social media platforms.