language barriers to environmental science

Tapping into non-English science for biodiversity conservation

Non-English-language science can fill gaps in English-language science

The cost of being a non-native English speaker in science

Measuring the height of hurdles

Language barriers to the local use of science

A quarter of biodiversity report authors struggle with English

Languages are still a major barrier to global science

Over a third of global scientific knowledge may be available only in non-English languages

Ten tips for overcoming language barriers in science

Ten things you can start doing today for tackling this multifaceted problem

Embrace linguistic diversity

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Our mission

One third of global scientific knowledge may currently be ignored because it is available only in languages other than English. On the other hand, about half of decision makers may not be utilizing scientific evidence that is available only in English. 95% of the world population may be missing out on the opportunity to make their best contribution to science because their first language is not English.

Clearly, tackling any global challenge, including the biodiversity crisis, hinges on the effective production and smooth flow of scientific information globally, yet this flow is severely hampered by the existence of language barriers. The translatE project applies scientific approaches to address this important, yet often overlooked challenge of transcending language barriers in science, with the aim of maximising scientific contributions to the conservation of the earth’s environment.

We believe that scientific communities need more concerted efforts for understanding and overcoming language barriers. If you are interested in our project, please get in touch with us. Let’s work together to tackle this important challenge.


translatE is funded by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT180100354), Discovery Projects (DP230101734), the University of Queensland strategic funding, and the 2021 University of Queensland grant for mentoring and diversity in biology.

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Our latest news

The 32nd International Congress for Conservation Biology 2025 (ICCB 2025) will be in Brisbane/Meanjin, Australia on 15-20 June 2025. At ICCB

We are excited to announce yet another new publication "Academic publishing requires linguistically inclusive policies" in Proceedings of the Royal

We are pleased to announce a new publication "Content analysis of nature documentaries in China: Challenges and opportunities to raise