The Global Academy links your research to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing your contribution to the world.
We're making the world's research visible, opening up opportunities for research teams, universities and funders.
What is this about?
193 countries worldwide, including yours, have agreed to achieve 17 essential Sustainable Develoment Goals by 2030 - a huge global undertaking. Our contribution to this ambitious programme is a platform for researchers to show how their work is helping to achieve the goals. We know that researchers around the world are already working on all 17 goals and their 169 underlying targets and our website will show how and where they are making progress. Importantly, the database we build will also identify where there are academic partnership opportunities, and where there are gaps in the research.
Why are the Global Goals important?
These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change so we can survive on planet earth. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society, universities, researchers and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
"At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth's essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn't contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity."
Ban Ki-moon, 8th UN Secretary General
Can my research really help?
Short answer: Yes!
Longer answer: Researchers work to find out how the world fits together and then to solve problems and make improvementsso we know you want ot make a difference. If your research is funded you are undoubtedly being asked to report on its impact and there is no better measure of ultimate research impact than the Global Goals.
There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and 169 measurable targets underlying the goals, each with 1 to 3 indicators. You can read more about the goals and targets here at GlobalGoals.org. Your research is certain to contribute to at least one of the targets and goals. Find out where your work fits into the goals framework using our researcher page tool here and then show us what you are working on!
What should I do next?
Go to our page builder tool, and work through the guided questions. We will start your page, based on what you tell us, send you the link and ask where you would like to make changes and additions. Because we are still developing the site we are beginning with this simple web form and hand-built pages. Later on we will move to a fully functioning data-base fed by an automated online system. As the site grows and develops your 'Research Trailblazer' page will develop with it. You can see some example pages at the end of this article.
Use our page builder to tell us about your research and we will send you a link to your page ( please be patient, it sometimes takes a few days). The first 100 researchers to create pages will receive 'Research Trailblazer' badges on their profile pages - so do it now!
Check out some researcher pages
Dr Matt Smith Aerobiologist and Lecturer - working on Global Goals 3, 13 and 15
Mr Ignatius Duhu (page under construction) Doctoral candidate - working on Global Goal 8
Dr Wesley Loftie-Eaton Microbiologist and Research scientist - working on Global Goals 3 and 9
Prof Michael Petraglia Archeologist and PI for the Paleodeserts project - working on Global Goals 13 and 15
See our researchers talking about their work