NERC news (up to October 2020)

Note: From 29 October 2020 news is being published on the UKRI website.
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COVID-19 sewage tracking system supported by UKRI-funded research

A government-led project, supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing an early warning of coronavirus outbreaks by monitoring sewage across the country.

23 Oct 2020

Impacts of marine plastic pollution in south-east Asia researched

UK/Singapore partnership to reduce impacts of plastic pollution with £6 million investment to support projects in south-east Asia. How plastic enters and behaves in the environment, its effect on marine life, and suitable approaches to reducing environmental damage.

22 Oct 2020

RRS Sir David Attenborough departs Cammell Laird for sea trials

The UK’s most advanced polar research ship – RRS Sir David Attenborough – has left Cammell Laird shipyard for two weeks of technical sea trials. In November, the shipyard will formally hand over the ship to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

21 Oct 2020

Digital Sprint powers rapid digital environmental solutions to tackle effects of COVID-19

Scientists from across the world participated in teams during three successive hackathons to develop digital environmental tools that can help track, understand and predict the effects of COVID-19 and help lead to a greener post-pandemic future.

19 Oct 2020

UKRI funding puts UK at the forefront of next-generation plastic recycling

£20m investment in cutting edge recycling technology, to reduce landfill and incineration.

16 Oct 2020

Congratulations to NERC researchers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC would like to congratulate all those in the environmental science community who have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

13 Oct 2020

Webinar: Changing the Environment

A Town Hall meeting for the Changing the Environment programme was held via webinar on Thursday 1 October 2020.

12 Oct 2020

Appointment of Future of UK Treescapes Ambassadors

NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to announce the appointment of ambassadors to its Future of Treescapes research programme.

2 Oct 2020

NERC launches scoping project for Net-Zero Oceanographic Capability

With UKRI’s commitment to achieve net-zero by 2040, NERC has launched a 12-month scoping study to move towards a net-zero oceanographic capability.

2 Oct 2020

Open Letter in response to the outcomes of the Independent Research Fellowship 2019

You may be aware that concern has been raised that only candidates identifying as male have been awarded NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRF) from the 2019 call. The results were released on Monday 21 September on the NERC website.

28 Sep 2020