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A Little Science on the Big Screen

In recent years, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN has been featured in such major motion pictures as X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man 2 and The Amazing Spiderman…and on such popular television shows as Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, CSI, NCIS, House of Cards and The Simpsons.

Recognizable Readers

No matter who the Scientific American readers may be they all have one thing in common - a thirst for visionary, optimistic and science-based solutions in a world filled with complexities and fluff. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN readers you may have heard of.

  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Marissa Mayer
  • Bill Gates
  • Alan Alda
  • Vinton Cerf
  • Mia Farrow
  • Natalie Portman
  • Brad Pitt
  • Bridget Fonda
  • Daphne Guinness
  • Al Gore
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Robert Redford
  • Bianca Jagger
  • Queen Latifah
  • Mark Cuban
  • Timothy Hutton

158 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have written 251 articles for SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

It’s not unusual to find Nobel-quality work in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN months or years before it’s recognized by the Nobel committees. This record of editorial excellence and prescience – covering such a diverse range of subject matter – is unequalled in publishing. All these prizes underscore the credibility and authority of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. And the excellence continues. In every issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, readers are likely to find the work of authors who are the Nobel laureates of tomorrow.

We have some innovative partners & affiliates.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is a founding partner of the Google Science Fair, a worldwide online science competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. As part of the competition, we offer the $50,000 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Science in Action Award, which honors a project that makes a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. 

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Read about the 2014 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Science in Action Award winner.


Each year, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, together with Nature, attends this prestigious, invitation-only meeting in Lindau, Germany as primary media partners. In 2014, the 64th annual meeting brought together 37 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine with 600 young researchers from around the world to discuss challenges to global health and medical research. 


With a mission to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the USA Science & Engineering Festival produces and presents the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is a founding sponsor and active participant.


Our editorial leadership is actively involved in the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland and Tianjin, China both in shaping the agenda of the meetings and as participants and moderators. Read more.


SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is a Breakthrough Prize media partner. Founded by tech luminaries including Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Jack Ma to celebrate scientists who have made significant advances, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation awards $36 million in prize money each year. At the gala ceremony, the awards are handed out by such celebrities and tech tycoons as Seth McFarlane, Elon Musk, Jon Hamm and Cameron Diaz.


Other Affiliates

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN supports President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign.

In 2010, Nature Publishing Group became a member of Change the Equation, a CEO-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in STEM in the US

Awards &

Winner: General Excellence (2011)
Finalist: Single Topic Issue (2014)
Finalist: General Excellence (2013)

Winner:  Full Issue – Technology/Science (September 2013 single topic issue: FOOD)
Finalist:  News, Commentary, General Interest (2012)

Finalist: Best of the Web Hall of Fame (2013)
Honoree: Science and Radio/Podcasts (2013, 2012)