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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


Professor Dame Georgina Mace – 1953-2020

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Professor Dame Georgina Mace.

22 Sep 2020


Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging projects for Recycle Week

URKI is announcing nearly one quarter of a million pounds in funding for projects to address plastic waste and improve the UK’s recycling capabilities during Recycle Week.

22 Sep 2020


Natural History Museum public engagement project highlights the impact of Covid-19

A NERC COVID-19 public engagement funded project has produced infographics to show changes in the movement of people, air and noise pollution, and wildlife sightings in the UK during lockdown.

22 Sep 2020


NERC COVID-19 Ideas Series webinar to take place this month

A ground-breaking event series to explore environmental solutions in a post COVID-19 world will conclude with a special webinar later this month to discuss its outcomes.

15 Sep 2020


Webinar: Changing the Environment

We are inviting individuals to attend a Town Hall meeting via webinar for the NERC Changing the Environment Programme.

14 Sep 2020


Innovative digital projects that will tackle environmental challenges receive funding

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded individual grants of up to £1.2 million to seven research projects that will use cutting-edge digital technology to advance environmental outcomes.

10 Sep 2020


National Oceanography Centre launches New Online Course

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the National Oceanography Centre starts 5 October and is now open for registration.  

3 Sep 2020


Investigation into ecological impact of Chernobyl wildfires

A new project led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will investigate the impact of this year’s wildfires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on wildlife.

25 Aug 2020


New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Ground-breaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding.

24 Aug 2020


New study estimates there is at least 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic than previously thought

The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12- 21 million tonnes, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications today.

19 Aug 2020


NERC launches £20M 'Changing the Environment' call for whole system solutions to environmental challenges

NERC invites eligible research organisations to submit proposals for large scale inter-disciplinary research and innovation funding to provide whole system solutions to major environmental challenges.

29 Jul 2020


Alison Robinson takes up role of NERC Deputy Executive Chair

Today, it was announced that Alison Robinson will take up the role of NERC Deputy Executive Chair from 27 July 2020. 

27 Jul 2020


Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater

Scientists will develop a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations.

6 Jul 2020


Opportunity to join the Science Committee

UKRI-NERC invites applications from across the NERC science remit to join its Science Committee. Science Committee members should have a broad strategic perspective and expertise to support the development and delivery of the UKRI-NERC strategic priorities, investments and policies.

6 Jul 2020

Closing Date: 25 Sep 2020


£13 million investment for NERC Environmental Omics Facility

A new state-of-the-art Scientific Support and Facility (S&F) providing environmental researchers across the UK with access to innovative technologies to enable world-leading environmental research is to open later this year.

3 Jul 2020


Innovative space weather monitoring projects receive UKRI funding

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the funded projects for the first phase of the SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) programme.

27 Jun 2020


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021

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?

15 Jun 2020


Update to 20/21 NERC Marine Facilities Programme in response to COVID-19

Following a thorough evaluation of the seagoing operating environments and all of the associated risks, in June 2020 CPEB considered and approved a new ‘recovery’ 2020/21 MFP which NMF will now work to deliver in conjunction with the nominated Chief Scientists.

12 Jun 2020


UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members

Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

10 Jun 2020


Professor Corinne Le Quéré awarded Environmental Sciences 2020 Prize

Professor Corinne Le Quéré has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2020 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

5 Jun 2020


Environmental engagement projects receive COVID-19 funding awards

Five innovative public engagement projects to tackle challenges caused by COVID-19 have received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

5 Jun 2020


Can you help find environmental solutions to COVID-19?

A ground-breaking events series will take place later this month to find environmental solutions to COVID-19 and NERC is seeking participants with a range of expertise.  

3 Jun 2020


NERC invests £500k to scope a national Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure

This £500k investment seeks to understand the data that are required to improve the prediction and mitigation of floods and droughts nationally, and the infrastructure required to enable these measurements to increase the UK's resilience to such events.

29 May 2020


Espiral: Translating the complexities of conservation

The impact of social and political systems on Colombian forests is explored through a short story from a collaboration between NERC and Hay Festival.

27 May 2020