Springer and Labster partner to bring the future of science education to thousands of German students

Copenhagen – November 26, 2018 – Today Springer and Labster announce their partnership to bring engaging lab simulations to the thousands of students using Springer resources. Springer and Labster will through this partnership shape the future of science education as they together launch new learning material that will change the way students learn science.

With a shared vision to improve science education globally, Springer and Labster have created four booklets for biology in higher education. The books are aligned with Springer’s most popular biology textbooks today. This means that the new booklets will have a major impact as they provide new and improved learning material for the most relevant topics to prepare students for their exams.

Each chapter of the booklet covers the basic concepts of a topic, and is followed by a Labster simulation that the student can use to solidify and test their knowledge and practice the techniques that they have read about with a hands-on lab experience. This is made possible by multiple choice questions, 3D animations and cutting-edge lab equipment that is available to the student through the virtual labs.

“The partnership between Labster and Springer will allow students to solidify and apply what they learn through a combination of Springer’s resources and Labster’s immersive virtual labs. Our labs give students a unique opportunity to step into a laboratory and experiment with advanced machines. They can explore, test their knowledge, watch 3D animations, do experiments, make mistakes and try again, all within a safe learning environment. We believe that this is the future of science education as it helps students understand the material better, and, at the same time, engages them on a whole new level,” said Mads Bonde, Labster Co-Founder and CEO.

The first step in this collaboration involves the launch of the first two Labster-authored booklets which covers theory in Basic Genetics and Basic Biology. Each booklet includes access to five virtual laboratory simulations that provide students with the unique opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a true-to-life laboratory. In spring 2019, two more booklets will be launched covering theory in Basic Biochemistry and Genetics of Human Diseases.

Juliane Ritt, Executive Vice President, German Language Publishing, Springer: “Today’s students use a greater than ever variety of resources and tools to succeed in their studies; I am very excited about our pilot agreement with Labster, as I am convinced that the smart combination of Springer’s textbook content with Labster’s state-of-the art virtual lab creates an extremely effective and powerful learning environment. This cooperation fits perfectly well to our overall strategy to make learning for students more effective and satisfying by combining the advantages of various digital media with the benefits of traditional textbook content.”

Find more information about the booklets here and purchase the first two booklets, Basic Genetics and Basic Biology via Springer here. springer-3d-book

About Springer

Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services. Springer has one of the strongest STM and HSS eBook collections and archives, as well as a comprehensive range of hybrid and open access journals. Springer is part of Springer Nature, a global publisher that serves and supports the research community. Springer Nature aims to advance discovery by publishing robust and insightful science, supporting the development of new areas of research and making ideas and knowledge accessible around the world. As part of Springer Nature, Springer sits alongside other trusted brands like Nature Research, BMC and Palgrave Macmillan. Visit www.springer.com and follow @SpringerNature.

About Labster

Labster is a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced laboratory simulations that are designed to stimulate students’ natural curiosity and highlight the connection between science and the real world. Labster works with leading educational institutions around the world to improve science learning, resulting in collaborations with over 150 institutions in 25 countries, including ETH in Zurich, MIT and Imperial College. Labster has also partnered with major publishers and edtech companies, and just recently announced the launch of the world’s first fully online biology degree with Labster VR in partnership with Google and ASU.