SDG17: Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships are the foundation for making sustainable development possible

Interconnected systems need to take account of different regional and local contexts and the need for equitable solutions. That’s why SDG 17 is a focus for Springer Nature; working in partnership with others to accelerate delivery of the goals by connecting researchers, policymakers and practitioners through targeted events and via new content formats. SDG 17 seeks to improve international cooperation, infrastructure and equity. We are signatories and participants of collaborative networks including

  • SDG Publishers Compact, a collaboration between the UN and the International Publishers Association
  • Valuable500, which strives to improve disability inclusion
  • The Climate Pledge to achieve net zero by 2040
  • Research4Life, making research available in low income countries, provide free access to training and resources to enable researchers in under-represented regions to develop research capabilities, and we offer APC waivers to remove financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.

On this page discover our toolkit for researchers to view and track the societal impact of their work, our white paper in collaboration with SDSN, our interdisciplinary journals bringing researchers together, and sign up for our webinar in October on Science for a Sustainable Future.

SDG17 and societal impact

SDG17Discover SDG17 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more

SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG17 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

Product highlights

Science communication

SDGs and the impact of open research

A partnership with VSNU and the UKB providing data, insights and tools to advance knowledge about how academic research and open research is having a societal impact and accelerating delivery of the SDGs

Springer Nature Storytellers at Berlin Science Week

Springer Nature Storytellers hosted an event at Berlin Science Week in which five researchers on the front lines of discovery shared true stories about life behind the science. We asked each of the storytellers to tell us what it was like to communicate about their research in a more personal way. Listen to the stories they told and hear about what they learned from the experience. 

  • An audience likes to see the 'human' in scientists

  • You have to care about the audience

  • Communicating your research in plain language doesn't diminish your work

  • Difficulties and failures make a great story

  • Memorization can only get you so far

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On October 5th, in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) we’ll be hosting the Second Annual Science for a Sustainable Future (virtual) conference. Expert panels will be hosted on the topics of universal health, climate finance, and food systems. Sign-up below to be the first to know when registration opens.

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