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New England
Science Symposium

The 23rd Annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Harvard Medical School Joseph B. Martin Conference Center located at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston, Massachusetts.

Program Overview

The New England Science Symposium (NESS)

Established in 2002, NESS provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.

Register as a general attendee.

Planning your travel for the 23rd Annual New England Science Symposium? Please see below for reservation details to book accommodation at the Longwood Inn and please note the codes for the special rate!

Hotel reservations at the Longwood Inn for NESS attendees can be made directly with Hotel’s reservations team at 1 (800) 468-2378 or (617) 731-4700 with the code NESS0324 no later than 3/1/2024 or via the following link:

Abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 23rd Annual New England Science Symposium.

Check out the Resources and Guidance page to help you prepare an abstract or presentation.

Have questions about NESS? See our Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Checklist page.


Awards are given for outstanding oral and poster presentations in various disciplines and the categories are: Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Awards, Postdoctoral Awards sponsored by Vertex, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Neonatology Award, TACS BIO Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Award, American Cancer Society Awards, and Predicine Translational Research Award.

See the description of the awards.

View the 2023 award winners.


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Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP)

The Minority Faculty Development Program (est.1990), a component of DICP, sponsors programs for the development of Harvard Medical School faculty and trainees, with an emphasis on mentoring and leadership, as well as programs that are designed to reach out to the pre-college, college, graduate and postdoctoral populations with the goal of bringing outstanding students from groups underrepresented in medicine into the biomedical science pipeline.

Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP)

BSCP was founded in 1991 by MFDP in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education to identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding minority students and fellows ranging from high school to postdoctoral level.


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Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.



For more information about NESS please contact:

Victoria Bhambhani
Program Manager
New England Science Symposium

Hollie Borek DeSilva
Executive Director
Biomedical Science Careers Program