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New NERC brand launched as part of unified UKRI identity

A new brand for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has been launched today as part of a unified identity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

10 Oct 2019


Dr Iain Williams named NERC Director of Strategic Partnerships

Today, it was announced that Dr Iain Williams will take up the role of NERC Director of Strategic Partnerships from 2 January 2020.

9 Oct 2019


£20 million to accelerate British research into forecasting space weather

British satellites will be better protected through a £20m boost to predict severe space weather events, the PM announced whilst at the UN General Assembly.

4 Oct 2019


Ship is named with royal ceremony

The UK’s new polar research ship is formally named the RRS Sir David Attenborough by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The royals will follow tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull. Special guest Sir David Attenborough will attend.

26 Sep 2019


Approval given for two NERC centres to become independent

We are pleased to announce that the plan for two research centres within the NERC portfolio to become independent has received approval from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy' and HM Treasury.

23 Sep 2019


UK researchers join biggest ever Arctic research expedition

UK research teams are set to join the first ever year-round expedition into the central Arctic Ocean to undertake ground-breaking studies into the Arctic climate system during the middle of the polar night.

20 Sep 2019


Digital Solutions Town Hall Meeting

We are inviting individuals to submit expressions of interests to attend a Town Hall Meeting for the NERC Digital Solutions Programme.

19 Sep 2019


Supporting government: NERC science produces solutions that benefit the UK economy and society

Our investment helps to shape and strengthen policies and decisions made at every level of government, including Parliament, central government, the devolved administrations, local government and government agencies.

19 Sep 2019


Hay Festival and NERC merge climate science and art with 'Trans.MISSION II' in Peru

Hay Festival and NERC have today unveiled the Peruvian strand of their Trans.MISSION II collaboration, a global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences.

11 Sep 2019


RRS Sir David Attenborough naming ceremony – tickets available

British Antarctic Survey and Cammell Laird invite members of the public to join them at the Birkenhead shipyard on Thursday 26 September 2019 to watch the ceremonial naming of the new polar ship for Britain – the RRS Sir David Attenborough.  The ceremony is the highlight of a three-day celebration of UK science, engineering, and shipbuilding.

5 Sep 2019


Major NERC public engagement programme marks milestone with publication of reports

The first phase of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) major public engagement programme, Engaging Environments, has come to a close with the publication of reports from each of the six projects it funded.

22 Aug 2019


Publication of a Joint Science Plan and appointment of Champions for the UK Climate Resilience Programme

UKRI and the Met Office are publishing a Joint Science Plan for the UK Climate Resilience Programme. Additionally, UK Climate Resilience appoints Champions for the UKRI & Met Office led Strategic Priorities Fund research programme.

15 Aug 2019


UK joins forces with international experts to tackle global challenges

UK researchers and innovators will work with counterparts across the planet to tackle global challenges such as Ebola outbreaks, the impact of subpolar ocean currents on global climate, and the effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and individuals’ happiness and wellbeing following a major funding announcement.

9 Aug 2019


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.

31 Jul 2019


Turning trailblazing science into agenda-setting TV

NERC science helps to shape BBC nature documentaries that drive public policy and change the way people choose to live their lives - extraordinary, award-winning programmes watched by millions and exported worldwide.

11 Jul 2019


Karen Hanghøj named Director of the British Geological Survey

Today, it was announced that Karen Hanghøj will take up the role of Director of the British Geological Survey from October 2019.

3 Jul 2019


Business gains: NERC investment delivers solutions that enrich the UK economy

Our science delivers positive economic benefits to a wide range of business sectors by providing science-based solutions, enabling smarter regulation, and reducing operational costs.

27 Jun 2019


Opportunity to join the NERC Advisory Network

NERC is looking to appoint members to the NERC Advisory Network.

18 Jun 2019

Closing Date: 10 Jul 2019


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

Do you know someone working within the environmental sciences sector who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

17 Jun 2019


Interim Chief Operating Officer for NERC announced today

The NERC Executive Chair, Professor Duncan Wingham announced today that Nigel Bird will be the interim Chief Operating Officer for NERC.

13 Jun 2019


Queen's Birthday Honours for NERC research community

NERC extends its warmest congratulations to a number of researchers in the environmental science community who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

12 Jun 2019


Boaty McBoatface meets the public at the Science Museum

Visitors to the Science Museum can meet a scale model of the Autosub Long Range known as Boaty McBoatface as part of an exhibition opening today.

12 Jun 2019


Programme Coordination Team for the Landscape Decisions programme appointed

A multi-disciplinary programme coordination team at the University of Leicester has been appointed for the UK Research & Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund programme 'Landscape Decisions: Toward a new framework for using land assets'.

11 Jun 2019


Ambitious delivery plans published across UKRI

Ambitious delivery plans published today outline how UK Research & Innovation will work with its partners to ensure that world-leading research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK.

10 Jun 2019


Search starts for new NERC directors

NERC is recruiting two new directors to join its senior leadership team.

5 Jun 2019