Springer Nature Beefs Up Its Hay Festival Programming Support

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The scholarly publishing company Springer Nature presents several events in environmentally relevant work at Hay.

At the festival in Hay-on-Wye. Image: Hay Festival, Michael Alberry

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Three Sustainability Lectures Are on Nature’s Hay Schedule
Following our April 11 announcement about Wales’ Hay Festival putting its 2022 tickets on sale, Springer Nature is touting a “partnership to make science more accessible” with three “sustainability-related events” and ongoing support for the Hay’s John Maddox science lecture.

During the May 26 to June 5 series of events, Nature is supporting the lecture for a fourth time. The late Maddox (1925 to 2009) was Nature’s editor-in-chief for 22 years, and this year’s lecture is to be given by Devi Sridhar on May 29 at 1 p.m. BST.

Sridhar is the author of the forthcoming Preventable: The Politics of Pandemics and How To Stop the Next One, which releases on April 21 from Penguin Random House UK / Viking.

The lecture is to be introduced by Ritu Dhand, chief scientific officer at Springer Nature.

As the topic of sustainability continues to consume events and plans in so many venues and settings, the cooperative agreement with Hay and the scholarly and scientific publishing Springer Nature is to be included in Hay’s “Imagine” series of events—as Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, the Hay is a festival program that loves its sub-branding efforts.

Sustainability Talks at Hay

Devi Sridhar

In addition to the Sridhar lecture, there are three talks on themes of sustainability, looking at:

In a prepared statement, Andy Fryers, who is the Hay’s director of sustainability this year, is quoted, saying, “It has never been more important for scientists and researchers to present their work, accessibly, to the general public and as a festival, we’ve seen an increased interest in sustainability-related topics in recent years.”

And Scherer at Springer Nature says, “We’re proud of our association with Hay Festival, and of supporting brilliant science communicators who can inspire people to take action on issues like climate change and biodiversity loss.

“We also greatly appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate the power of publishing when it comes to influencing positive change to visitors coming to Hay-on-Wye.”

In case you missed it, our initial programming announcement from the Hay Festival is here.


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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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