Scientists in developing countries, early career researchers, policymakers and the public are all looking for ways to build their skills in the world of research. In doing so, they will be better equipped to tackle the challenges of the future and to contribute to the global scientific conversation. Elsevier has a role to play in this proves, partnering with these organizations, governments and research institutions to initiate mentoring programs, access initiatives, competitions, and dialogue on the need for evidence in all aspects of science and society.
IMC Weekend School
Many communities in the Netherlands have severely limited educational resources, which in turn limits the opportunities for young people. Through its partnership with IMC Weekend School, the Elsevier Foundation aims to improve the outlook, self-confidence and prospects of underprivileged children, helping them to develop non-cognitive skills and acquire a sense of belonging to society. IMC Weekend School runs an enrichment program for children in underserved neighborhoods across the 10 largest cities in the Netherlands. Through a three-year course, professionals, volunteer teachers and coaches introduce students ages 11–13, to a wide range of disciplines including science and health.
The Pre–G3: The Elsevier Foundation Data Analytics Preparatory Program is a partnership run by with Girls’ Inc of New York. The program aims to offer girls tangible skills at a lower developmental level to prepare them for the concepts they will encounter in the high school programs.
Imperial College London
To nurture the next generation of tech innovators, spaces are needed for them to develop skills and build confidence. Imperial College London’s White City Maker’s Challenge pioneers a new form of outreach aimed at inspiring teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience and interact with science through their own creativity. The Elsevier Foundation supports the White City Maker’s Challenge’s goal to develop a replicable model of innovative, hands-on educational outreach. The program aims to engage secondary students in a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial program designed to take an idea to working prototype, and potentially beyond.
Librarians without Borders
Before the digital revolution, practising evidence based health care, policymaking or education in developing countries was virtually impossible. Since 2007, Librarians without Borders, an “E-library Training Initiative” founded by the Medical Library Association (MLA), has helped build health sciences information capacity by providing information literacy training which forms the backbone of Research4Life. The Elsevier Foundation supports LwB with the Hinari/Research4Life Activities Grant, which enables the E-Library Training Initiative to continue the critical capacity building activities for the R4L programs and fund additional training.
The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge
Chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future and chemists themselves have a special responsibility to develop the new products, resources and processes to make that future happen. The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge taps the key role that chemists play in developing solutions to pressing issues in developing countries and aims to encourage sustainability science research. Jointly run with Elsevier’s chemistry journals team, the contest aims to raise awareness around how chemistry can help us to make incremental, crucial progress towards the UN SDGs.
Sense About Science
Science is awash in information. The amount of research being published grows roughly 8% per year – and with new research, new data is made available. AI, big data and research can work towards the same goal: supporting the critical need for evidence-based science to ensure public trust and dialogue. Sense About Science (SAS) champions evidence and scientific reasoning, and Elsevier’s partnership supports SAS in engaging with policymakers, scientists and the public. Recognizing technological innovation as key to the scientific processes, whether to intelligently support the peer review process, help biologists synthesize data, or have systems automatically hypothesize and perform experiments – the partnership aims to stimulate public debate around science and technology.
Persecution, imprisonment and even torture, are still potential threats for researchers worldwide. Founded in 1933, the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara), comes to their aid. Elsevier, through its Mendeley platform, is collaborating with Cara to help them leverage technology to enhance the work being done. Elsevier has also gifted 11 “Ambassador” accounts to Cara’s Syrian program, enabling full access to ScienceDirect. Cara focuses on extricating affected academics from immediate danger, relocating them and helping them develop new skills that will enable them to ultimately return to their homelands and take up positions to continue research and teaching while benefiting their own community.
As part of our commitment to sustainability and access, Elsevier donates returned or remaindered books to those who need it most. Since 2004, we have partnered with professional book donation organizations targeting schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits in developing countries.
Book Aid International promotes literacy in developing countries by creating reading and learning opportunities. Book Aid focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, working with partner organizations across 12 countries. As part of our commitment to sustainability and access, the RELX Group works in an innovative partnership with Book Aid International, donating over $200,000 and 750,000 books over the last ten years.
Books for Asia is the leading provider of donated information resources in the region, reaching thousands of institutions in 20 Asian countries, connecting students, educators, and local and national leaders with the knowledge they need to improve lives and expand opportunities. Through donations and technology initiatives, they help young students build knowledge in the business, legal and science professions; sharpen vocational and research ability; and enhance much needed English-language skills to compete in the global economy.