The last few years have confirmed what has always been true: science is key to meeting complex societal challenges.
Unfortunately, in polarizing times science can be misrepresented and ignored, leading audiences to find it harder and harder to ascertain fact from fiction and harbor wariness or skepticism, dampening the positive impact of research being done around the world.
Promoting authoritative scientific work is more important than ever and can extend the influence of discoveries from one region to another.
It was in this spirit that Nature Italy was created.
The environment in Italy had become more combative towards scientists, as anti-vaccination and misinformation agendas gained momentum in the wake of COVID-19.
A clear, authoritative voice was needed, one that could address intricate topics with credibility and help fortify scientific literacy in the midst of a public health ―and information― crisis.
Additionally, when it comes to media coverage of scientific discoveries, it is common for outlets to concentrate on the discoveries that impact the whole world, deprioritizing regional problems, and their scientific solutions.
As a result of this landscape, scientists in Italy lacked a platform to showcase their work effectively ― which stifled collaboration, pushed homegrown talent to look elsewhere for exposure and recognition, and meant scientists around the world were missing out on Italian discoveries.
Retaining talent and increasing the visibility of Italy’s best researchers was especially urgent given the competitive research landscape in Europe. By magnifying the profile of Italy’s top researchers and their work, a global audience could better appreciate the vitality of Italy’s research and scientific institutions.
The goal was a resource that would focus on important research, news, and issues of science policy in Italy, and act as a conduit connecting Italian scientists with each other and a wider audience of researchers around the globe.
The solution: Nature Italy, a freely available digital magazine devoted to serving and promoting the needs of Italy’s scientific community.
Launched in October of 2020, Nature Italy fuses a strong editorial pedigree with a proven digital platform.
The site includes a variety of content, such as:
Published by Nature Portfolio and staffed by an experienced editor and a team of proven journalists, Nature Italy is held to the exacting standards Nature is known and trusted for. Editorially independent, Nature instills in its partnerships a seal of scientific integrity that matters and carries weight among a global science audience.
Available in both Italian and English, the free-to-access site brings Italian researchers together while putting their work on a larger stage than previously possible. Italian researchers now have a better platform for constructive, fact-driven dialogue centered on science compared to what was available to them a few years ago.
And Nature’s global audience now has a front-row seat to major developments in Italian science and technology, and the accomplishments of the research community there.