NERC 2018 Impact Awards

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The NERC 2018 Impact Awards celebrated and rewarded NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society either in the UK or abroad.

The categories for this year's awards were: early career impact, economic impact and societal impact.

This year's judges included former UK Environment Secretary Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, and BBC presenter and Professor of Public Engagement in Science Professor Alice Roberts.


Shortlisted and judged by independent panels of esteemed academic, industry and government figures, these awards celebrated NERC-funded scientists, as individuals or teams, whose work has had a big impact on the economy or society in the UK or internationally.

Early Career Impact Award

Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved demonstrable economic and/or societal impact.

The finalists were:

  • Dr Jennifer Lucey - Winner
  • Dr Cristina Banks-Leite - Runner up

Societal Impact Award

Recognising research that has led to demonstrable social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.

The finalists were:

  • Professor Tamara Galloway - Winner and overall winner
  • Professor Paul Williams - Runner up

Economic Impact Award

Recognising research that has led to demonstrable economic benefit.

The finalists were:

  • Professor Shaun Quegan - Winner
  • Professor Bob Holdsworth - Runner up

To further the impacts of their research, the winner of each category received £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000. The category winner judged to have had the biggest impact was the Impact Awards overall winner, and received an additional £30,000 funding. Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum on Monday 3 December 2018.

Finalists' videos

These videos celebrate the research of the NERC Impact Awards 2018 finalists. Each film shows the breadth of the science, its impact on society and the economy, and its relevance to all our lives.

The last round of Impact Awards was held in 2015. View the 2015 Impact Award winners and runners-up.