The unanimous adoption by UN Member States of the Sustainable Development Goals raised hopes that they would serve as a backbone for a global partnership for peace and prosperity. Yet, it is not only a political agenda: delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has become the focal point for many scientific communities across the globe.
Science, however, is a tremendously diverse practice with efforts always underway on multiple fronts simultaneously. As a result, it often proves difficult to find a unified platform where one could inform themselves in one place how different groups of scientists bring us closer toward accomplishing the sustainability goals.
The Microbiology Society, a leading organisation for research in microbes with over 10,000 publications indexed on ScienceOpen, decided to address this challenge and also highlight the vital role of learned societies in working together towards a sustainable future. The Society’s one-of-a-kind initiative culminated in the creation of the ScienceOpen Collection ‘A Sustainable Future’. This selection of research goes beyond the scope of microbiology and integrates contributions from nine scholarly organisations across topics such as ecology, medicine, social policy and welfare, environmental studies, and biochemistry. Offering this kind of unified learning experience is unprecedented, but this is not the only thing that makes this Collection unique!