Designing a Sustainable Future – An Interview with Max Bergman

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman seeks answers to key questions on the challenges set out by the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). He is one of the Chairs of the 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) that will take place 14–19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSF is an event that “encourages participants to go beyond […]

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Women in Science: Interview with Sylvia Beyer, researcher and guest editor in Social Sciences

In a previous post, we looked at the under-representation of women in research in our interview with Neus Feliu, from the University of Hamburg. We continue this series of interviews with female researchers with Silvia Beyer, who works as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and guest edits the Special Issue of Social Sciences called “Women in Male-Dominated Domains”. 1. […]

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Women in Science: Interview with Neus Feliu, researcher and guest editor in Nanomaterials

Why are there fewer women than men in science? Female scientists are under-represented in research, being only a third of researchers globally. Despite the progress in gender equality during the last decades, advances have been slow and there are still disparities around the world. We want to initiate a series of interviews with female researchers […]

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World Sustainability Awards Winners – A Short Interview

The second World Sustainability Awards were presented during the 7th World Sustainability Forum in Beijing, China on 19 September 2018. These awards recognized the winners’ outstanding contribution to sustainability and were evaluated by a selected committee consisting of seven members. Dr. Mathis Wackernagel and Dr. Zhifu Mi were the joint recipients of the 2nd World […]

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Learn about MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

In a fast-changing Open Access environment, research institutions and libraries are adjusting their workflows and taking on additional administrative and advocacy work. MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) helps institutions and researchers manage the transition to Open Access publishing. According to Nikoleta Kiapidou, Institutional Engagement Coordinator at MDPI, “the IOAP is MDPI´s way of working […]

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“Only when humans understand the reason for animal life they will realize what they owe to them” – An Interview with Clive Phillips

This post gives some important lessons the Editor in Chief of Animals has learned from his work. “We need to find whether there is a reason for animal life, and if so what it is, since this will help us to work out what we, as humans, owe to other creatures and how we should treat […]

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“Sounds Reasonable’ is Never a Good Idea” – An Interview with Michael Hofreiter

This post gives some important lessons the Guest Editor of the Genes Special Issue “Novel and Neglected Areas of Ancient DNA Research” has learned from his work. Michael Hofreiter, who edits the Genes Special Issue “Novel and Neglected Areas of Ancient DNA Research”, states that the most important lesson he has learned from the genetics is […]

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Gyorgy Szekely: An Expert Reviewer

This week, we were fortunate to interview one of the top rated reviewers for MDPI in 2017, Dr Gyorgy Szekely. He is currently a lecturer at the School of chemical engineering and analytical science at the University of Manchester, UK. His multidisciplinary professional background covers many fields, including supramolecular systems, molecular recognition, process development, and nanofiltration, what opens […]

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Moving Forwards on Open Access—Interview with Drs. Saskia de Vries

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Drs. Saskia de Vries. She is the co-founder and first director of both Amsterdam University Press and Leiden University Press, founder of Sampan–academia & publishing and a notable open access (OA) advocate. Currently involved in several projects, such as the Fair Open Access Alliance including LingOA and […]

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Open Access for Sustainable Development

On September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were officially adopted. Supporting countries have committed themselves to “mobilizing efforts to end all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind” [1]. Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for […]

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