On July 7th, Annette Thomas, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Springer Nature, headed a delegation to visit ShanghaiTech University. President Jiang Mianheng, Vice President and Provost Yin Jie and Vice President Gong Jinkang received the Springer Nature delegation. Jiang Mianheng extended a warm welcome to the guests and looked back on the last visit paid by Macmillan Science and Education Group and Nature Publishing Group in 2013.
Gong Jinkang introduced the vision and mission of ShanghaiTech University. Annette Thomas outlined the strategic goal and business scope of Springer Nature.
Jiang Mianheng indicated that ShanghaiTech University is dedicated to becoming a small-scale research university with the focus on physical science, life science and information science to cultivate talents engaged in scientific discovery, hi-tech innovation and startups, as well as future leaders in science, inventors of new technologies and entrepreneurs. As a new giant in academic publishing and higher education, it is hoped that Springer Nature could cooperate with ShanghaiTech University in a wide range of fields, including peer reviewers and scientific English training. Dr. Jiang pointed out that ShanghaiTech University was actively engaged in carrying out joint research with some leading institutions and a number of achievements would be made in the near future. He expected Springer Nature to have editors in the campus and provide high-level service to meet the needs of faculties.
On May 6th, 2015, Springer Science+Business Media and the majority of Macmillan Science and Education merged into Springer Nature. The newly expanded company is home to a wide range of brands and successful businesses with a global footprint. It is a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing. The strategic merger has led Springer Nature to be the world’s largest scholarly publishers by journal volume.