The future of science depends on a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Elsevier’s partnerships focus on fostering inclusive policy, advancing women scientists in developing countries and helping underserved youth receive greater exposure to science and health education.

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.

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.

New York Academy of Sciences

To thrive in our technology- and information- driven economy, the next generation of students need viable STEM skills. The New York Academy of Sciences offers the After-School STEM Mentoring Program to New York’s most underserved children, ensuring that they are exposed to the inspiring world of STEM. The Elsevier Foundation partnership supports the NYAS’ engagement with funds, volunteers and additional support for the early career scientist mentors, providing vital STEM programs to middle school students and supporting early career scientists with a focus on career exploration, professional development and field-specific training.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world

Women scientists in developing countries often suffer from isolation, lack of role models and visibility. For the past seven years, the Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) has collaborated with the Elsevier Foundation with a unique program of Women in Science Awards. Its premise is simple: the more diverse the pool of scientists, the better the science will be. Five awards are given annually, rotating between the Biological, Engineering and Physical Sciences areas. In addition to the cash prize, travel and accommodation are provided by the Elsevier Foundation, to enable winners to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, where they are awarded in front of a distinguished audience of international scientists.

Portia/Gender Summits

The Gender Summit is not a conference, but a platform for dialogue and change. It seeks to improve the quality of research and the relevance of science to society, wherever biological and socio-cultural differences between females and males influence outcomes. Scientists, gender scholars, policy makers and other stakeholders are deeply involved in the process, examining new evidence and establishing consensus where improvements are needed. To support this critical process, the Elsevier Foundation partners with Portia to support the development of the Gender Summits. Since it was first established in 2011, 5 regional platforms are now active in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America.


Gender InSITE is an international initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering (SITE). Its main goal is to increase the number of policies and programs globally that take gender into account. GenderInSITE has held thematic workshops with support from the Elsevier Foundation, focusing on gender integration in higher STEM education, and gender and innovation. Gender InSITE aims at enabling policymakers to meet scientists, researchers and other stakeholders to share ideas for applying a science and gender lens to the SDGs. It also focuses on producing and disseminating recommendations and guidelines to target organizations and stakeholders.