One topic. Two guests. Boundless perspectives.

At Springer Nature we strongly believe that solving the planet’s big challenges requires teamwork, cross disciplinary thinking and openness to views that challenge the way we think. We are curious by nature, constantly ask questions, try new things and rejoice in the different in order further unlock the power of science and research.

‘In Conversation’ is a new series which, by bringing together two guests to discuss a topical issue, will shine a light on new thinking and ideas and provide fresh perspectives on common themes.

In Conversation - Nicky Dean and the Rt Hon. Lord Deben

In this episode of In Conversation, Editorial Director Nicky Dean speaks with the Rt Hon. Lord Deben, former Chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee, about the interface between climate research and policymaking. They explore some of the history of climate policy and the importance of clear communication, the role of the media and alternative spokespeople, to reach different audiences.

  • Nicky Dean, Editorial Director, Nature Research Journals, Earth Environmental & Social Sciences
  • Lord John Deben, Former Chair of the UK Climate Change Committee

In Conversation - Ritu Dhand and Elisabeth Bik

Join our chief scientific officer Ritu Dhand and Elisabeth Bik as they discuss Elisabeth’s transition from researcher to image integrity sleuth, how and why she does it. They talk about their thoughts on the importance of making sure research can be trusted, where responsibility lies and how we can fix this and make it better.

  • Ritu Dhand, Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature
  • Elisabeth Bik, Science Integrity Consultant

In Conversation - Thea Sherer and Eleni Myrivili

In this episode of In Conversation, Thea Sherer, Director of Sustainability at Springer Nature, is joined by Eleni Myrivili, Global Chief Heat Officer at UN Habitat, to delve into the critical issue of extreme heat and its impact on urban environments. Together they discuss the often-overlooked dangers of heat waves, their disproportionate effects on vulnerable populations, and innovative strategies for building heat resilience in cities

  • Thea Sherer, Director of Sustainability at Springer Nature
  • Eleni Myrivili, Global Chief Heat Officer at UN Habitat

In Conversation - Philip Campbell and Vikram Patel

In this episode of ‘In Conversation’, join Sir Philip Campbell and renowned expert Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, as they explore the transformative journey of global mental health. Together, they discuss evidence-based interventions, including the pioneering EMPOWER program, and explore the crucial role of social context, community support, and scalable solutions in addressing disparities, while providing valuable insights into pressing issues like inequality, income insecurity, and the influence of social media on youth mental health.

  • Sir Philip Campbell – Former Editor in Chief, Springer Nature Research
  • Vikram Patel - Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School

In Conversation - Laura Helmuth and Susan Hassol

The right words are crucial to solving climate change – but too often the way that scientists share information can be confusing for the general public. How can researchers and other science communicators more clearly get across their findings and potential solutions, to help us together make progress on such important global challenges? Join Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief at Scientific American, in conversation with Susan Hassol Director, Climate Communication.

  • Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief at Scientific American
  • Susan Hassol Director, Climate Communication

In Conversation - Jessica Gedamu & John Amaechi

What does it mean to be a diverse and equitable organisation and why does it matter? In this episode of In Conversation Jessica Gedamu and John Amaechi explore the role of leaders in creating inclusive and high performing environments, and the impact this can have on delivering research and publishing goals.

  • Jessica Gedamu, VP Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Springer Nature
  • John Amaechi, Organisational psychologist and Founder of APS Intelligence

In Conversation - Philip Campbell & Jane Lubchenco

Join Philip and Jane as they discuss the critical interface of research and policy, and the importance of the oceans in tackling climate change. 

  • Sir Philip Campbell, Springer Nature Editor in Chief; Editor in Chief of Nature 1995-2018
  • Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and the Environment at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

In Conversation - Laura Helmuth & David Biello

In this lively conversation, Laura and David explore the importance of effective science communication, how researchers can get more involved with TED and Scientific American, and discuss some of the most pressing public facing science issues of the day.

  • Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief at Scientific American
  • David Biello, Science Curator for TED Conferences and a former Senior Reporter for Scientific American

In Conversation - Magdalena Skipper & Professor David Nabarro

Join Magdalena Skipper Editor in Chief of Nature, and David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation DG on COVID-19, as they explore the importance of interdisciplinarity, why we need to remember science is not immutable, and how diversity can increase the potential for successful research outcomes. 

  • Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature
  • Professor David Nabarro, Special Envoy of WHO Director General on COVID-19, Strategic Director 4SD, Co-Director Institute of Global Health and Innovation Imperial College London

In Conversation - Sir Philip Campbell & Professor Heidi Larson, PhD

Join this first episode of In Conversation where Philip and Heidi discuss topical issues such as why are people hesitant about getting vaccinated, what can we do about it, and whether vaccine mandates are the way forward.

  • Sir Philip Campbell, Springer Nature Editor in Chief; Editor in Chief of Nature 1995 - 2018
  • Professor Heidi Larson, co-founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project; author of
    Stuck: How Vaccine Rumours Start and Why They Don’t Go Away