NERC's public engagement with research strategy - Have your say

NERC is creating a new strategy for public engagement with environmental science research and today we're publishing a draft which is open to feedback. The strategy is available for feedback from 31 July to 7 September, and we encourage feedback through our online consultation process - external link.

The strategy builds on current and previous investments, from the NERC Community for Engaging Environments, our largest single investment in public engagement, through to grants given to individual researchers. We're presenting a bold approach to support engaged research and ensure that we are listening to the public, as one of our stakeholders.

Following the consultation period, we will be publishing the strategy in late 2019.

Consultation event

As part of listening to our communities about the new public engagement with research strategy, NERC will run an event on Tuesday 15 October, to get feedback and understand how we can work with our partners to achieve the strategy. The event will also celebrate research that has successfully demonstrated purposeful engagement in the research community.

To apply to attend the event, please see details on the consultation event page.

Grant to embed engagement

We are inviting proposals for small projects, between £2,000 and £5,000, which will demonstrate how the NERC public engagement with research strategy aligns with activity that our community and institutions are, and plan to be, delivering. The closing date for outline proposals is 16:00 on Monday 30 September 2019.

For full information about the grant, please see details of the Announcement of Opportunity.

Advisory group

An advisory group has been recruited to act as a critical friend to advise NERC on the content and drafting of the new public engagement with research strategy. The members are:

  • Dr Rob Fish, University of Kent, Director of Research & Research Ethics, School of Anthropology & Conservation; Co-Director, Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (Chair)
  • Dr Erinma Ochu, University of Salford, Lecturer, Science Communication & Future Media
  • Dr Henk Mulder, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Programme Director, Master Science Education & Communication, Coordinator Science Shop, Lecturer Science & Society
  • Professor Katherine Royse, British Geological Society, Chief Digital Officer

Key dates

  • Strategy available for feedback: 31 July to 7 September 2019
  • Expression of interest deadline for consultation event: 6 September 2019
  • Applicants will be invited to consultation event: 16 September 2019
  • Deadline for proposals for the grant to embed engagement: 30 September 2019
  • Consultation event: 15 October 2019
  • Strategy launch: December 2019


For further details, please contact:

Hannah King
01793 411572