The Sackler Forum

Every year, UK and US scientists work together on topics of worldwide scientific concern at the Sackler Forum, jointly organised by the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences.

Sackler forum

The inaugural forum, Advancing Agriculture, was held at the Royal Society, London, and addressed global food security. Alternating between locations in the US and UK, subsequent fora have considered neuroscience and the law, integrated assessment models and climate science.

Previous topics

Modeling Earth’s future

A workshop held at Chicheley Hall in September 2012 brought over 80 UK and US scientists from the climate and integrated assessment modeling communities together to discuss the potential and pitfalls associated with modeling human-natural systems.

Neuroscience and the Law

Held at the National Academy of Science’s Beckman Centre, California, the forum addressed topics including moral reasoning and psychopathy, criminal responsibility and sentencing and the developing brain. The event also informed the Royal Society’s ongoing neuroscience project, Brainwaves.

Advancing Agriculture

Part of the Royal Society’s Reaping the Benefits project, high level delegates from the US and UK covered challenges faced by global agriculture, mechanisms for crop improvement and the roles of the public and private sectors in implementing new developments.


In 2008, Raymond and Beverly Sackler established the USA-UK Scientific Forum to help the scientific leadership of the United Kingdom and the United States forge an enduring partnership on topics of worldwide scientific concern with benefit to all people. By establishing the forum, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation has made it possible to examine forces that are creating our collective future.

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement