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Highlights include a machine learning model that outperforms human experts in urban planning and opinion pieces that discuss progress towards the UN SDGs through the lens of computational science.


  • An image that echoes the SDG logo and integrates the idea of analysis of data from the various goals.

    The year 2023 marks the mid-point of the 15-year period envisaged to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this Nature Portfolio Collection, you will find studies across different journals that assess progress or that showcase interventions that have made a difference. We also welcome submissions of studies framed in a similar way.

    Open for submissions
  • A plant growing out of a circuit board, representing computational tools’ promise for enabling a greener future.

    Check out our Focus that highlights the potential for computational tools to help address environmental challenges, including experts’ opinions on how these tools themselves can be improved to ensure a greener and more sustainable future.

  • Atomic-scale materials lattice with multiple elements, together with a network structure.

    Check out our Focus issue, in collaboration with Nature Materials, that highlights recent developments in the field of complex element coupling and brings together experts' opinions on the opportunities in both computational methods and experimental approaches.

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  • As we approach the half-way point in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, we discuss how computational science could help in reaching some of these goals by 2030.

  • Dr Perrine Hamel — Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University’s Asian School of the Environment and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore — talks to Nature Computational Science about making cities more sustainable and resilient by incorporating green infrastructure into urban environments, as well as about our current progress with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to sustainable cities and climate action.

    • Fernando Chirigati
  • Dr Cristina Villalobos — Myles and Sylvia Aaronson endowed professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education, and Fellow of the American Mathematical Society — talks to Nature Computational Science about her work on empowering underrepresented groups in STEM education and gives her insights into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to equitable education and gender equality.

    • Fernando Chirigati
  • Progress towards universal access to safe drinking water and nutritious food has been moving forward at a slower than desired rate. Computational tools can help accelerate progress towards these goals, but solutions need to be open source, and designed, developed and implemented in a participatory manner.

    • Elisa Omodei
  • Rapid urban expansion presents a major challenge to delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Urban populations are forecast to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, and business as usual will condemn many of these new citizens to lives dominated by disaster risk. This need not be the case. Computational science can help urban planners and decision-makers to turn this threat into a time-limited opportunity to reduce disaster risk for hundreds of millions of people.

    • John McCloskey
    • Mark Pelling
    • Roberto Gentile