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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


NERC Council - Membership vacancies

NERC is looking to appoint new members to sit on our Council - if you have relevant expertise and experience we would like to hear from you.

5 Jun 2019

Closing Date: 29 Jul 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


Opportunity to join the Science Committee

NERC invites applications from across the NERC science remit, and from business and policy, to join its Science Committee.

24 May 2019

Closing Date: 1 Jul 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


Marine robot Boaty McBoatface to visit Science Museum

A scale model of the Autosub Long Range known as Boaty McBoatface will take centre stage in the Science Museum as part of an exhibition starting this summer.

28 Feb 2019


Artificial intelligence PhDs to tackle climate change

A new generation of PhD students will use artificial intelligence technology to tackle climate change, improve healthcare and create new commercial opportunities, thanks to a £100 million investment from UK Research & Innovation.

21 Feb 2019


New cut-off for highlight topic ideas

NERC invites the environmental science community to submit new ideas for highlight topics.

21 Feb 2019

Closing Date: 15 May 2019


New NERC Advisory Network

NERC is adapting its governance and advisory structures to provide increased agility and broader expertise in light of new opportunities within UK Research & Innovation.

20 Feb 2019


Ambitious research to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

Scientists from across five countries will collaborate on ambitious research to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Feb 2019


UKRI research contributes to report on how to achieve zero plastic waste

A new report on how to eliminate plastic waste from the environment by a UK think tank has been informed by a diverse portfolio of UKRI research and innovation experts. The report proposes a way forward to reduce the amount of plastic waste into the environment produced by the UK.

12 Feb 2019


NERC invests £2.2 million in CDTs focused on renewable energy

Two new Centres for Doctoral Training with a focus on renewable energy are among 75 announced today by UK Research & Innovation.

4 Feb 2019


Understanding impacts of flooding and drought in South East Asia

New international research will boost resilience to hazards such as floods, droughts, storm surges and landslides in South East Asian countries.

29 Jan 2019


New international partnerships on antimicrobial resistance, climate change and soil security

New international collaborations to tackle antimicrobial resistance in the environment, prepare for health risks posed by climate change and ensure healthy soils for food security are part of world-leading international research announced today.

22 Jan 2019


Global research hubs tackle world's environmental challenges

UK Research & Innovation is pioneering an ambitious new approach to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges through a £200 million investment across 12 global research hubs.

22 Jan 2019


British Geological Survey CEO bids farewell after 13 years

Professor John Ludden today announced that, after 13 years at the British Geological Survey (BGS), he will be leaving this coming September.

18 Jan 2019


NERC Management Board - Membership vacancy

NERC is looking for an independent, part-time, non-executive director to join two other non-executive directors on the NERC Management Board.

10 Jan 2019

Closing Date: 18 Feb 2019


Queen's New Year Honours 2019 congratulations

NERC would like to congratulate members of the environmental science community who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list 2019.

8 Jan 2019


Season's Greetings and Happy 2019 from all at NERC

Here at NERC we have had a fantastic 2018. Here are a few highlights.

19 Dec 2018


15 biggest emerging trends and threats to biodiversity in 2019

Experts have identified the emerging but little understood trends that could have a big impact on the natural world in 2019.

19 Dec 2018


£24 million for new research into major environmental topics

New research on major environmental issues such as the impact of microplastics in our oceans, the UK potential for geothermal power and mitigating climate change have been funded under the fourth round of NERC highlight topics.

13 Dec 2018


New animation about inspiring scientists

This week we launched our new animation 'Inspiring Scientists'.

11 Dec 2018


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year 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, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

10 Dec 2018

Closing Date: 14 Feb 2019


Glasgow geothermal project heats up with first borehole

The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to 'see' underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city.

7 Dec 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Winners make an impact on our world

The real-world impact of inspirational environmental science was celebrated last night at NERC's 2018 Impact Awards in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall.

4 Dec 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Bringing Brazil's biodiversity back from the brink

Brazilian early career scientist Dr Cristina Banks-Leite discovered the minimum forest cover required to maintain biodiversity in Brazil's Atlantic forest.

28 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 'Goldilocks' wavelength brings global biomass into focus

Work has begun on a highly innovative satellite able to measure the amount of biomass locked in the world's forests and how this changes over time, paving the way for monitoring how deforestation and reforestation are affecting the climate globally.

26 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 2.5 billion passengers enjoy safer air travel

An air turbulence forecasting algorithm, co-developed by British researchers, has helped make flying safer and smoother for up to 2·5 billion passenger journeys.

22 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Boosting energy potential for the UK

Geological research that led to the discovery of new energy supplies in the UK has been shortlisted for a 2018 NERC Impact Award.

20 Nov 2018


£5.1 million UKRI funding for UK aquaculture research and innovation

Vaccines made using algae are being developed to prevent keep fish from disease and help protect the UK's aquaculture industry.

19 Nov 2018


Ambitious UK-US Antarctic research mission begins

A team of UK and US polar scientists are about to embark on one of the largest joint Antarctic missions for more than 70 years. It's the first field season of a five-year quest to understand the contribution that the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica will make to global sea level.

19 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Informing new 'no deforestation' standard for sustainable palm oil

New certification standards to make growing palm oil less destructive to biodiversity were developed based on research by NERC 2018 Impact Awards finalist Dr Jennifer Lucey.

15 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 4,000 tonnes of microbeads no longer released into ocean

Leading British microplastics researchers have been shortlisted for a NERC Impact Award to honour the substantial benefits their pioneering research has provided for society.

8 Nov 2018


NERC celebrates impacts of UK scientists in awards shortlist

The six finalists for NERC's 2018 Impact Awards announced today, ahead of the December ceremony.

5 Nov 2018


Giant 'Earth' artwork shines a light on our environment

A huge Earth will glow alongside Hope the whale in the Natural History Museum this month, at a public 'Lates' event delivered in partnership with NERC.

4 Nov 2018


NERC at Green GB Week: The highlights

Last week the government rolled out the UK's first Green GB Week, to coincide with ten years of the Climate Change Act.

23 Oct 2018


NERC environmental change research showcased at international forum during Green GB Week

Research addressing major environmental challenges posed by climate change was showcased by global partnership the Belmont Forum at an event hosted by UK Research & Innovation and NERC.

19 Oct 2018


Environmental Scientists RISE to the challenge

A NERC funding programme aims to address two of the biggest environmental science challenges in urban areas across the UK today. Air quality and water management innovation projects will have a regional focus as part of the Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) initiative.

19 Oct 2018


Call for new green innovations to tackle climate change

Britain's best innovators and researchers will be invited to pitch their ideas to help tackle the effects of climate change on towns, cities and the countryside as part of modern Industrial Strategy.

19 Oct 2018


NERC students encouraged to turn over a new leaf in research data management with Data Tree

The Data Tree online course in research data management is now live. This free course has been developed by the Institute for Environmental Analytics and funded by NERC to help its students build excellent data management skills.

16 Oct 2018


UKRI partner for Green GB Week

The first Green GB Week will take place on 15-19 October 2018, with a number of events and activities planned across the country.

15 Oct 2018


NERC research on 1.5°C global warming informs international special report on climate change

Key findings from NERC research on achieving the Paris climate agreement's targets are cited in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report.

15 Oct 2018


NERC National Capability Science Single Centre awards

NERC has funded five world-leading programmes of research as part of its National Capability Science Single Centre awards.

12 Oct 2018


NERC pledges £100 million for postgraduate training

NERC is investing over £100 million over the next five years as part of its continued support of environmental science PhD training in the second round of the doctoral training partnerships programme.

10 Oct 2018


Stage 2 proposals wanted for £1.3 million public engagement fund

NERC has opened a call for public engagement proposals costing up to £1·3 million over three years. This significant new investment towards public engagement highlights the importance of the environmental issues at the core of the programme.

5 Oct 2018


NERC beats target with 53 new apprenticeships

NERC staff began 53 apprenticeships during 2017-18, surpassing the government target set by the Apprenticeship Levy last year.

18 Sep 2018


NERC funds National Capability National Public Good awards

NERC has funded six National Capability National Public Good awards worth a total of £8 million.

12 Sep 2018


Research on the role of the environment on mental health

The role the natural environment could play in mental health will be explored as part of an ambitious research investment led by UK Research & Innovation.

10 Sep 2018


UK expertise informs Google's new dataset search

Experts from UK Research & Innovation have contributed to a new search tool launched today by Google that aims to help scientists, policy makers and other user groups more easily find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

6 Sep 2018


UK scientists to join Arctic research ship 'drifting' past North Pole

UK scientists will join what could be the largest-scale Arctic research expedition ever planned when the German research ship, RV Polarstern, is deliberately lodged into sea ice to drift past the North Pole.

29 Aug 2018


Glasgow gives warm welcome to geothermal heat research

Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have approved plans to develop a world class geothermal research observatory in the east end of the city. Work will begin on site this autumn.

28 Aug 2018


Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee update

The government has updated its information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the European Union's flagship programme for science and innovation.

23 Aug 2018


£90 million to help feed the nine billion

The first funding from a £90 million fund that aims to revolutionise how food is produced and dramatically reduce its environmental impact launches later this month.

22 Aug 2018


UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

The government has published updated information for UK applicants to Horizon 2020, the EU's flagship programme for science and innovation.

15 Aug 2018


£6 million to explore impact of hazardous chemicals on UK ecosystems

NERC has awarded £6 million to investigate the effects that potentially hazardous chemicals used by humans are having on UK habitats and wildlife.

9 Aug 2018


NERC invests £22 million in major research programme on the Atlantic Ocean

A new research programme will investigate the impacts of climate change and human activities on the Atlantic Ocean, from the surface to the deep seabed.

2 Aug 2018


BGS Science Advisory Committee vacancies

The British Geological Survey is inviting applications for positions on its new Science Advisory Committee.

26 Jul 2018


NERC Annual Report

NERC's Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 was published today; it outlines the organisation's main achievements over the past year and progress on strategic objectives.

12 Jul 2018


Launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough hull into River Mersey

A major milestone in the build of the UK's state-of-the-art polar research ship is reached this weekend (Saturday 14 July 2018), when the 129m-long, 10,000 tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is launched into the River Mersey for the first time.

11 Jul 2018


UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science

For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean.

3 Jul 2018


£900 million Future Leaders investment will sustain the UK as global home of research talent

Business Secretary Greg Clark today unveiled a major new £900 million investment in the UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme.

21 Jun 2018


NERC supports UKRI A Vision for Zero Plastic Waste parliamentary engagement

On Monday 11 June, NERC researchers and representatives supported a cross-disciplinary parliamentary reception led by UKRI, bringing together authoritative voices from science and innovation, industry and politics under the title: A Vision for Zero Plastic Waste.

14 Jun 2018


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019

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

14 Jun 2018


NERC colleagues included in Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for their services to environmental science.

11 Jun 2018


Young researchers develop innovative natural hazard communications

NERC sponsored ten young researchers to develop innovative solutions to communicate natural hazard risks, as part of the World Bank's Understanding Risk Forum in Mexico.

31 May 2018


Into the deep - Discovering our oceans

In April, NERC sponsored 'Into the deep - Discovering our oceans', a Parliamentary & Scientific Committee reception in Westminster, chaired by Stephen Metcalfe MP.

31 May 2018


NERC and Hay Festival launch Trans.MISSION films merging climate science and art

NERC and Hay Festival have today unveiled the Trans.MISSION series, three new short films by award-winning artists to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences at Hay Festival 2018 and beyond.

26 May 2018