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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


Day Zero and Chips: Communicating the impact of UK droughts

A new film from a collaboration between NERC and Hay Festival explores how day-to-day life might change when the water runs dry.

27 May 2020


Hackathons seek environmental solutions to Covid-19

Digital Sprint led by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Cranfield University.

20 May 2020


Hay Festival and NERC merge climate science and art with Trans.MISSION II online

Hay Festival and the Natural Environment Research Council will launch the final part in their Trans.MISSION II collaboration later this month with two new films pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences.

13 May 2020


UKCEH targets major global challenges in new strategy

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has launched a new five-year research and innovation strategy, outlining its role in tackling the unprecedented global environmental challenges.

23 Apr 2020


NERC Management Board: Non-Executive Director Vacancies

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is looking for up to two independent, part-time, non-executive Director to join the NERC Management Board (NMB).

22 Apr 2020

Closing Date: 6 Jul 2020


Sir John Houghton, 1931-2020

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Sir John Houghton. We would like to extend our sympathies and thoughts to his family, friends and former colleagues.

20 Apr 2020


New Antarctic Wharf Ready for the RRS Sir David Attenborough

A new £40 million wharf to moor the RRS Sir David Attenborough has been used by polar ships for the first time at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station in Antarctica to transport staff and materials back to the UK.

16 Apr 2020


Bangor University contributes to global COVID-19 related research

Scientists at Bangor University are joining the global fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic.

16 Apr 2020


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

In April 2020, NERC’s Cruise Programme Executive Board (CPEB) reviewed the status of the published 20/21 Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) in light of COVID-19.

15 Apr 2020


IIASA-NERC collaborative research fellowships awarded

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have awarded three fellowships to support talented early career researchers in delivering challenging research and supporting collaboration between the two organisations.

15 Apr 2020


New facility for atmospheric measurements launches April 2020

A new research facility will offer scientists access to mobile instrumentation, laboratories and observatories across the world.

6 Apr 2020


Coronavirus updates

The latest guidance and information on the vital work of UKRI and our community in response to the crisis.

1 Apr 2020


Future of UK Treescapes Programme ambassador

Applications are invited for the role of programme ambassador on the new "Future of UK Treescapes Programme".

27 Mar 2020

Closing Date: 21 May 2020


Executive Chair of NERC awarded a knighthood for services to climate science

Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Professor of Climate Physics at University College London has received a knighthood for services to climate science.

13 Mar 2020


Operation Earth: Phase Two of the national environmental science programme for families is announced

A popular national programme to engage school-aged children and their families with environmental science will return later this year.

6 Mar 2020


NERC launches new public engagement strategy

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has today launched a new Public Engagement with Research and Innovation Strategy, which sets out a new and ambitious way of engaging the public with our research.

4 Mar 2020


New operational arrangements for NERC

Today, it was announced that Victoria McMyn will take up the role of NERC Chief Operating Officer with Nigel Bird stepping into the role of NERC Director of Major Programmes from 5 March 2020.

3 Mar 2020


Pioneering green finance research and innovation programme is launched

A new £10 million research and innovation programme is opening to support the integration of the financial risks of climate and environmental change into mainstream financial decision making.

27 Feb 2020


World-class energy research to drive a net zero future

As a step towards achieving the UK’s net-zero target, funding announced today will enable engineers, social scientists and natural scientists to conduct vital research on global energy challenges and their implications for the UK.

18 Feb 2020


UKRI launches consultation on Open Access policy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today launched a consultation as part of its Open Access Review. The consultation will inform the development of a new open access policy, aimed at ensuring that the published outputs of research are widely and freely accessible to all.

13 Feb 2020


New appointments to NERC Council

UK Research and Innovation has appointed three new members to NERC Council – Matthew Harwood, Rebecca Heaton and Clare Matterson.

5 Feb 2020


Briefing Webinar: Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

UKRI will host a webinar 11:00 – 12:30 on Monday 10 February 2020 to support the funding opportunity for Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging.

4 Feb 2020


NERC appoints six new members to its Science Committee

NERC has appointed six new members to its Science Committee to replace those who completed their term at the end of 2019.

3 Feb 2020


British Antarctic Survey's new Discovery Building at Rothera Research Station breaks ground

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica by the British naval officer Edward Bransfield on this date in 1820, a new building to facilitate the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) ongoing climate related research in Antarctica breaks ground today at their largest facility, Rothera Research Station.

30 Jan 2020


£15 million for new research into major environmental topics

New research on major environmental issues, such as the understanding impacts of UK wildfires, assessing large scale ecological responses to environmental change and the impact of legacy waste on the coastal zone, have been funded under the fifth round of NERC highlight topics.

29 Jan 2020


Pathways to Impact: Impact core to the UK Research and Innovation application process

As part of a package of announcements today, UK Research and Innovation has announced changes to our requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’.

27 Jan 2020


Decarbonising Heating and Cooling for Net Zero - Survey of Needs

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are seeking input to understand how research, including training and demonstration activities can best inform and accelerate the transition to net zero heating and cooling for the UK.

13 Jan 2020


Queen's New Year Honours for NERC research community

NERC would like to congratulate colleagues and members of the environmental science community who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours.

6 Jan 2020


New doctoral training centre for Earth Observation of environmental challenges

An exciting new centre has been announced that will train 50 PhD students to tackle environmental challenges using the latest satellite data.

3 Jan 2020


NERC Executive Chair recognised in New Year's Honours

Professor Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has been appointed a Knight for services to climate science.

28 Dec 2019


Continued UK membership of IIASA, and Co-Investigator eligibility for IIASA

The three UKRI councils, NERC, ESRC and EPSRC are pleased to confirm funding for a further five years of the UK membership of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

19 Dec 2019


Call for exhibits and activities at NERC Public Engagement Showcase 2020

NERC is offering an opportunity for researchers to run public engagement activities as part of our annual showcase 2020. The showcase will take place at Techniquest Science Centre in Cardiff in July 2020.

19 Dec 2019

Closing Date: 30 Jan 2020


Glacier Shallap – Or the Sad Tale of a Dying Glacier

Hay Festival and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, a part of UK Research and Innovation) have today released Glacier Shallap – Or the Sad Tale of a Dying Glacier, the latest film in from Trans.MISSION II, a global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science.

18 Dec 2019


Tropical forests lose vital nutrients from continued logging and re-growth

NERC-funded research shows that continual logging and re-growing of tropical forests is reducing the levels of vital nutrients in the soil – limiting future forest growth and jeopardising the long-term sustainability of logging in the tropics.

17 Dec 2019


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year 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?

16 Dec 2019

Closing Date: 6 Feb 2020


Professor Susan Waldron named NERC Director of Research & Skills

Today, it was announced that Professor Susan Waldron will take up the role of NERC Director of Research and Skills from 6 January 2020. Susan will join NERC from the University of Glasgow where she has been Professor of Biogeochemistry. 

21 Nov 2019


Professor Graham Underwood named as new Chair of NERC Science Committee

Today, it was announced that Professor Graham Underwood will take up the role of the Chair of NERC Science Committee from November 2019.

11 Nov 2019


Greater R&I would protect businesses and our natural world

A set of four new reports identifies the range of research and innovation (R&I) needs of key UK business sectors, to enable them to measure and value natural assets.

 

24 Oct 2019


Cray named as hardware provider for UK's most powerful supercomputer

Cray has been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, following a procurement exercise delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

23 Oct 2019


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


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


UKRI Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Scoping Workshop

NERC, on behalf of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), is working with Innovate UK, to convene a scoping workshop which aims to bring together members of the research and innovation communities with an interest in the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge and to strengthen collaboration, enabling greater interdisciplinary working.

10 Jul 2019

Closing Date: 5 Nov 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


Introducing the new NERC non-executive director

NERC is delighted to announce that Ms Caroline Bault has been appointed as a new non-executive director.

3 Jun 2019


Chief Operating Officer bids farewell to NERC after nine years

NERC Executive Chair Professor Duncan Wingham announced today that, after nine years with NERC, Paul Fox will be leaving this coming September.

30 May 2019


NERC National Capability Science awards: CPOM and COMET

NERC has provided funding to two centres to enable major research programmes into the observation of earthquakes and volcanic activity, and build understanding of changes at the Earth's poles.

29 May 2019


Hay Festival and NERC launch Trans.MISSION II global project merging science and art

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

25 May 2019


Collaborative projects to advance understanding of biodiversity in Latin America

NERC-funded researchers have begun a series of collaborative projects with partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to advance understanding of the social and economic role of biodiversity in Latin America, and how it can be managed more sustainably.

17 May 2019


£25 million funding for leading disease prevention projects

NERC is one of 12 funders investing a total of £25 million into understanding and influencing the social, economic and environmental factors that affect our health. The investment marks the first funding round of the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

9 May 2019


NERC celebrates impacts of major public engagement programme

NERC and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement have released a booklet to celebrate the outcomes of a major NERC-funded public engagement programme. The booklet highlights successes and learning points from the first stage of the Engaging Environments programme, to enable researchers at all stages of their career to plan and deliver high-quality public engagement activities.

2 May 2019


NERC invests £1.3 million to engage the UK public on big issues in environmental science

An innovative project that will see researchers collaborate with diverse communities on issues in environmental science has been awarded £1·3 million through NERC's Engaging Environments programme.

11 Apr 2019


National facilities commissioned for UK environmental science community

NERC has commissioned three national facilities to serve the UK environmental research community, allowing researchers to make use of specialist methods such as satellite modelling, radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis and field spectroscopy.

10 Apr 2019


Strength in Places Fund: Strong bids from every region and nation of the UK

Twenty-four ambitious projects, from pharmaceuticals to aerospace, and transport to the creative economy, are to receive early-stage funding to develop full-stage bids that could lead to significant economic growth in places across the country.

21 Mar 2019


Citizen scientists needed to unearth historic weather records to help predict future climate

As part of British Science Week 2019 NERC is funding a citizen science project that will rescue weather data to help scientists predict the future climate.

8 Mar 2019