Our books, journals and magazines share the latest research that addresses the challenges of sustainable development.
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We publish research that makes an impact on policymakers and business leaders.
We connect research with communities who need it to advance progress, through new partnerships and ways of collaborating.
Our approach is interdisciplinary: we know that the natural and applied sciences, social sciences and humanities all have a role in finding long-term solutions to sustainable development aims.
We continuously invest and innovate to provide the research community and our customers with new services and technologies, improving the process of sharing discoveries globally.
We have set targets to increase diversity and inclusion and reduce our environmental impacts, and are creating networks to build an empowered and fulfilled workforce.
We are reducing the impact Springer Nature has on the environment by cutting our carbon footprint, using sustainably sourced papers in our products and minimising plastics in distribution of our products.
We are an active presence, working with and participating in the research and education communities to which we belong.
We amplify sustainability research, sharing it widely, so that it can have maximum impact within the research community, for our own employees, and in wider society.
We play our part in climate action by publishing the latest climate research, managing our operational impacts and will become a carbon neutral company by the end of 2020.
We are a leader in open access, connecting researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are collaborating to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
We publish content, host events and participate in high-level discussions to advance knowledge related to many of the SDGs. We continue to make important connections between researchers, policymakers and practitioners, forging partnerships with organisations, staging events and helping to bring new perspectives together.
During 2019, Springer Nature raised the profile of the role that the research community has in addressing the SDGs.
Our SpotOn conference was inspired by SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals and brought together researchers and science communicators to discuss topics related to open access, policy, technology and research communication.
Simultaneous conferences were held in London and Cairo and broadcast live via Facebook. Topics included: crossing global borders with research technology; decolonising research; and supporting diversity initiatives in global research communication.
Macmillan Education in Botswana is working to inspire future generations of researchers, and equip them to tackle social and economic challenges, through its sponsorship of the Mathematical Association of Botswana’s national science and maths fair.
The fair, which attracts more than 600 high-school-age students from across the country, aims to actively engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by showing how studies in these fields can solve real world societal challenges.
Students are set a problem to solve, using a range of skills from mathematical problem solving to ecology and statistics, and must explain how their work could be used in everyday life.
Each year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognise people, organisations, governments, businesses and foundations who are advancing progress towards the Global Goals in new and exciting ways.
In 2019, ‘My Earth Songs’, a series of 27 educational children’s songs composed by Ricky Kej and included in several Macmillan Education textbooks, was nominated for the awards. Out of 2,000 applications, My Earth Songs was one of the three finalists in the ‘creative’ category.
My Earth Songs is a series designed to teach children about the SDGs. Each song addresses a different goal. According to Ricky Kej, the songs are “an effort to ensure a new generation of environmentally connected human beings”.
The lyrics were donated to Macmillan Education in India, where they have been printed in more than 1.9 million textbooks. They have also been translated into the Kannada language and printed in over 3.5 million textbooks for use in the state of Karnataka. In addition, a Hindi version of the songs was published in more than 50,000 textbooks.
Each year, we award grants to researchers, enabling them to travel abroad to participate in conferences. These grants create opportunities for researchers who may be working in a country where research funding is scarce, or who have difficult personal circumstances that create a substantial financial burden.
In 2019, the communications journals team awarded three grants of €2,500 to promising early career researchers from Ghana, India and Argentina to support their travel to an international conference in 2020.
Our hope is that by providing these grants we can reach promising but underfunded researchers who need support the most: giving opportunities to researchers who face systemic barriers in their quest to communicate great science.