The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Celebrates 15th Anniversary through Dynamic Program

With a comprehensive range of talks, conferences, and workshops, the lineup promises its audience a wealth of deep insights into contemporary topics

Marking its 15th anniversary, The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Institute takes center stage this spring with a series of lectures and conferences on topics ranging from science and art to sociology and technology, among others.


“Complex real-world problems such as global warming or the rise of artificial intelligence require complicated solutions that draw on multiple fields of knowledge and different perspectives. The NYUAD Institute aims to be a meeting place where academic experts, scientists, policymakers, artists, and other thought leaders share and exchange perspectives with the broader public on topics facing the region and the world in 2024 and beyond.”

Senior Director at The NYUAD Institute Maurice Pomerantz

Highlights this spring include True Grit: Striving in the Face of Adversity on January 15, in which leading academics will discuss ways to embark on a challenging pursuit without knowing the likelihood of success. 

On January 24, Professor of Political Science, Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies, Stanford University Jeremy Weinstein will delve into the unforeseen outcomes of technology’s quest for efficiency in System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot. Meanwhile, Harmonizing Hope: The Resilient Journey of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music on February 7, will offer a glimpse into the inspiring journey of ANIM – a remarkable institution that has overcome adversity to emerge as a national and global symbol of hope, resilience, and artistic freedom.

The NYUAD Institute is an interdisciplinary center for advanced research, artistic creativity, and public outreach. The Institute sponsors, curates, and coordinates research conferences, workshops, lectures, film series, exhibitions, and performances that address issues relevant to Abu Dhabi, the region, and the world. 

Please see the full agenda below. For more information you can visit The Institute’s page.