NERC Advisory Network

NERC is adapting its governance and advisory structures to provide increased agility and broader expertise in light of new opportunities within UK Research & Innovation.

From September 2019, a new NERC Advisory Network (NAN) will provide a retained, agile and flexible pool of expertise that can be drawn on for strategic or policy advice on specific issues.

Made up of 60 members with expertise across NERC's wide remit, the network will meet in groups when the NERC Executive, Council or Science Committee require advice on specific issues, as well as meeting as a whole once per year. NAN will be a flexible resource comprised of leading academic and user experts from across academia, business, policy community and the third sector, that will provide timely advice to NERC so that it can respond effectively to new funding opportunities.

NERC Executive Chair Professor Duncan Wingham said:

As part of UK Research & Innovation, there are opportunities for the environmental science community to work flexibly across discipline and industry to tackle the cross-sector challenges of the 21st century. Notably, new collective funding streams through UKRI present the opportunity for new ways of working.

To achieve this, it is vital we continue to benefit from the advice and thinking of a broad range of experts outside NERC. Our new network and committee will increase our access to expertise across a wider remit, with the capacity to advise on interdisciplinary and cross-sector opportunities to support both sustained and agile action.