The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

Environment and Sustainability Committee

Research on climate change clearly demonstrates that it is of paramount importance to strive for a carbon-neutral use of our resources within the next 10 to 20 years. This can be achieved only by coordinated global actions. Every individual, company, institution and organisation, whether large or small, public or private, needs to contribute – ‘think global, act local’.

Scientific publishing has led the transformation from print to digital journals and e-books over recent decades, but can we do more? A new Environment and Sustainability Committee (E&SC) has been established to take this initiative forward.

Objectives and key tasks

  • Broaden the membership of the Committee to include experts in the field who can help to drive the initiative forward, develop a strategy and action plan for the period 2021-2023, and build on the momentum created at the 15th EASE Conference on the theme of sustainability in publishing and editing.
  • Promote the EASE environmental manifesto widely, amongst EASE members and the wider publishing and editing communities, and encourage those people to share it in their own networks. Download here
  • Collaborate with other organisations and appropriate initiatives to maximise synergies, eg the UN’s SDG Publishers Compact
  • To review and ensure the Association’s own environmental policy is up-to-date and set some ambitious new targets for the period 2021-2023 to meet our aim of supporting the UN’s SDG Publishers Compact goals

Current activities

We have been approached by the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which is an Alliance of more than 20 of the leading health bodies in the UK, including most of the royal colleges (physicians, surgeons, nurses, GPS, etc), the BMA, and the Lancet and BMJ, to invite editors of medical journals to publish a joint editorial on climate change just before the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September. Although initiated in the UK, they are extremely keen to have collaboration from journals throughout the world.

Please see the UNGA editorial invitation which gives full information about the initiative and who to contact.

Some ideas for future activities

  • Monitor and evaluate environmental and sustainability policies and process used by others in our industry and communicate good practice to our members
  • Undertake a study of editors and those involved in scholarly communication and publishing to discover how they (or their organisations) are contributing to the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
  • Undertake a study to evaluate the environmental impact of reduced travel to meetings/conferences by our stakeholders during the pandemic and consider how a more sustainable model could be developed for the future.
  • Advocate for environmental awareness and sustainability practices in editing and publishing.

Committee members

Stephan Mertens, Germany – Chair
Alastair Brown, UK
Iva Grabarić Andonovski, Croatia

If you would like to support this Committee, either as a member of its executive, leading or participating in a specific project group or being part of the EASE environmental and sustainability community, please get in touch with secretary@ease.org.uk