NERC webinar on national capability research

On 7 April 2016, NERC hosted a live webinar showcasing our new investments in multi-disciplinary national capability research within our centres. This provided an opportunity for the wider academic community to learn more about these programmes, to help generate ideas for strategic research for submission to the NERC Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG).

NERC has challenged its centres to develop a set of core multi-disciplinary programmes which capitalise on centre expertise across the breadth of NERC's remit. These multi-centre programmes are expected to commence from April 2016. These new collaborative programmes redefine problems outside individual centre boundaries and will provide outcomes based on a new understanding of complex situations. The national capability funds are not new or additional money; the multi-centre programmes are focused plans as to what centres intend to do with a portion of their existing allocations over the next five years.

During the webinar, leads for each programme presented an overview of their research plans and anticipated outcomes. This allowed participants to understand the significance of this strategically-important work, and inform individual plans for strategic research for which these programmes could form the platform.

Programme for the day

09:15 Webinar open, registration

09:30-09:40 Introduction and format of webinar

09:40-10:10 Ocean regulation of climate through heat & carbon sequestration and transports (ORCHESTRA)

10:20-10:50 Land ocean carbon transfer (LOCATE)

11:00-11:30 The North Atlantic climate system: integrated study (ACSIS)

11:40-12:10 UK Earth system modelling project (UKESM)

12:20-12:50 Achieving sustainable agricultural systems (ASSIST)

12:50 Close


The live presentations from the event are now available in the video entitled 'NERC webinar on national capability research' below. We apologise that these are incomplete, but felt that it would still be helpful to share the content with our community, as they are more informative than the presentations alone.

Approximate timings for each session
LOCATE: 0 - 16m05s
ACSIS: 16m06s - 21m27s
UKESM: 21m28s - 36m48s
ASSIST: 36m49s - 49m16s

Subtitles (closed captions) are available once the video is playing.


Presentation slides from the webinar are available below.

LOCATE slides (PDF, 5MB)

ACSIS slides (PDF, 2.1MB)

UKESM slides (PDF, 2.3MB)

ASSIST slides (PDF, 4.3MB)


The closing date for registration was 4 April 2016.

Further information

Irena Witts
01793 442581