Quality education

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. It is essential in that sense to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as stated in SDG 4. Elsevier has a role to play in this by 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

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This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

The IMC Weekend School offers a science and health enrichment program to underserved 11–13 year olds in Amsterdam. Our partnership fosters inspiring exposure to science and health education for children from underprivileged neighbourhoods, encouraging STM careers but also promoting positive professional role models.

Girls Inc.

This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

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

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This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

Imperial College London has developed the White City Maker’s Challenge program offering 14–18 year olds from White City, one of London’s most disadvantaged communities the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge science, 3D printers, engineering and design workshops, afterschool clubs, mentoring and project teams.

Librarians without Borders

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This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

Since 2007, Librarians without Borders, an e-library training initiative, has worked to fill that gap providing information literacy training which forms the backbone of Research4Life. By training dedicated R4L trainers, LwB is working to scale up countries’ ability to strengthen their health sciences information capacity with qualified librarians, technological infrastructure and access to quality information.


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.

NLN/ Coaching for Excellence in Nursing


This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

In 2020 a new partnership will start supporting the ‘Coaching for Excellence in Nursing’ course, a National league for Nursing online coaching course targeting nurse educators and preceptors. The different modules of the course will allow both parties to understand the challenges faced by nursing students and novice nurses, as well as help them with the transition from theory to practice.

Book donations

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.

The Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)


This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

The program is expanding Research4Life support for research capacity building from in person trainings to include an online distance learning course for developing country researchers. It aims to equip existing and potential users of the Research4Life programs with the knowledge and the skills required to access and use the information effectively and efficiently.



This partnership is driven by the Elsevier Foundation

The ITEM (The Inclusive Technology + Entrepreneurship Movement) offer flexible, low cost training and resources to new techies, career professionals and entrepreneurs, providing them with highly marketable and practical technology skills. Its central mission is to ensure everyone can participate in the emerging tech sector.