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The future of science requires a robust and diverse workforce drawn from all corners of society. Encouraging STM careers among young people with severely limited educational resources and few professional role models is a particular challenge. To address this, we have expanded our focus on advancing women in science to include new partnerships helping underserved youth receive greater exposure to science and health education.

Advancing Women in Science

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Partnership Opportunities for Women in Water Research and Engineering in Africa (POWWER)

Partnership Opportunities for Women in Water Research and Engineering in Africa (POWWER) is led by the COACh organization at University of Oregon. Its aim is to offer African women the opportunity of maximizing their effectiveness in tackling water challenges in their home countries.

In Amsterdam, the IMC Weekend School works to foster the future of science and help underserved children get greater exposure to science and health education – both encouraging STM careers and promoting positive professional role models.

Imperial College London’s “White City Maker Challenge” offers kids from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to enhance soft skills and engage with cutting-edge science, engineering and design through workshops, after-school and mentoring.

The Pre – G3: The Elsevier Foundation Data Analytics Preparatory Program is run 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.

Nonprofits don’t always realize the power of the data they have and how it can be tapped to deliver powerful insights into their goals. Datakind is an organization working with both data scientists and social sector experts to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. The Elsevier Foundation is supporting Datakind’s DataDives: a weekend of data crunching matching scientists with nonprofits

Diversity in STM News

Inequities in academic research are manifested in many different ways: from the low proportion of women who are tenured professors, to the extremely low rates of grants awarded to researchers who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in […]

2020 has witnessed significant challenges for the non-profit sector, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has stroke at the beginning of the year, continuing to pose significant threats for people worldwide. We have conducted a survey to gain a better understanding […]

What do we really need to do to achieve the UN SDGs by 2030? Elsevier’s new report on the progress of sustainability science – The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs – offers unique insights and initiatives, many developed with partners, to […]


Inspired by the late June Almeida, who discovered the first human coronavirus, Elsevier Chairman YS Chi addresses the global Gender Summit Editor’s note: This article is based on Youngsuk “YS” Chi’s keynote presentation, which he gave virtually for the 19th Gender Summit. […]

Students at the IMC Weekendschool in Amsterdam lay out tracks for a robot.

A technology course for underserved youth in Amsterdam shows them they can achieve what they set their minds to About 40 children crouch on the floor intently building tracks with colored wooden blocks. When they position a little blue robot […]

At the Elsevier Foundation, we recognize our partners’ success as we embed technology to support the UN SDGs As we all strive to adapt to our very changed world in the age of COVID-19, the Elsevier Foundation’s mission to advance […]

Every year, we celebrate the five winners of the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World during a special ceremony at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. This year, five women scientists […]

Early-career researchers living and working in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Yemen have been recognized for their work in engineering, innovation and technology Seattle, February 12, 202o. Five researchers have been named winners of the 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards […]

SEATTLE — Their stories are as fascinating as their science. Five women scientists have traveled here from Bangladesh, Guatamala, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Yemen to be honored for their outstanding contributions in engineering, innovation and technology. On Saturday, they received the […]

In her studies as an environmental biologist, Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi has been tackling a problem that has sickened thousands in rural Nepal. Her search for a solution began 17 years ago when, as a master’s student, she was granted a research […]