Springer Nature’s Adoption and Scale of the SDGs

Sponsored by Springer Nature

Recorded on 05/08/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 380

Formally adopted in 2015, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are fast approaching their 2030 end date. To recruit the publishing industry, the UN introduced the SDG Publishers Compact in 2020, an open agreement that encourages stakeholders to adopt sustainable business strategies and publish content in support of the goals. In this four-part series, we discuss the publishing industry’s contributions to the SDGs, and how Springer Nature became a key advocate, choosing to align its editorial strategy, business outlook, and internal organization with the goals.

In the first episode of this series, Ritu Dhand chats about her role at Springer Nature as Chief Scientific Officer, sharing her work in supporting the editors of Springer Nature’s portfolio of more than 3,000 journals. She then provides a refresher on how the SDGs originated and the objectives of the SDG Publishers Compact. In addition, Ritu discusses the key collaborators who are advancing Springer Nature’s SDG work internally and the scale at which its publishing operation supports the effort.  

Our guest:

Ritu Dhand headshot

Ritu Dhand, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Springer Nature

Ritu Dhand was appointed Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature in January 2022. In this role, she is responsible for championing, promoting, and driving editorial excellence across the Springer Nature Journals Portfolio. Her remit also includes oversight of the Springer Nature SDG programme ensuring the research that has the potential to help achieve the Goals is accessible, published and has the attention of those best placed to implement it.

Previous to this role, Ritu was the Vice President, Nature Journals where she oversaw the editorial strategy and management of Nature, Nature Communications, and the Nature Research and Review Journals. Ritu joined Nature in January 1999 as the cancer and signalling editor and was promoted to the Chief Biological Sciences Editor, Nature in 2001 where she had oversight over content and managed the Nature life Sciences team for 13 years. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years studying cancer at PhD & post-doctoral level in research institutes within UCL and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Check out our previous series with Springer Nature:
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
– Introducing Nature Mental Health
– Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) & Ethics
– Practical Sustainability

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