When you think about New York, perhaps science would not be the first thought for most people. The self-appointed “World’s Capital” is home to over 8 million people, the same population as the entirety of the neighboring state of New Jersey. Like a massive scale scientific experiment in human sociology, New York squashes people from all corners of globe together into a space of just over 450 square miles. Resembling a giant living organism, subway tunnels and pipes feed the city like giant arteries and veins, with people and traffic like blood cells flowing through the streets.
With the city also being the financial and cultural center of the U.S and perhaps the world, what is the role of science and scientists in this metropolis? New York isn’t lacking when it comes to science, boasting 15 nationally leading medical research institutions and medical centers in addition to over 50 bioscience companies. These institutes include Columbia University, Rockefeller University, Beth Israel Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and boast an impressive combined 127 Nobel laureates. However, in such a vast research environment it is easy for especially early career scientists to get lost in this expanse. To address this, Nature Network has launched this New York hub with the aim to provide a forum for scientists to come together from the diverse scientific community in New York.
So, you may ask, what is the point of participating in and joining another online network? The difference with this network is that this is specifically for you, the New York scientist. This is maintained and run by local New York scientists with the specific aim to promote local science and to bring together the community within the city. With your participation, we can build a stronger community of scientists and create a network of contacts whether it is for social events or potential collaborations. Have a read of Caryn’s blog for a more detailed overview of the New York site including the forum, events and people sections.
Welcome to the New York Nature Network!