Strategic Programme Advisory Group appointments - October 2016
5 October 2016
NERC has appointed three new members to its Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG) to replace those who have completed their term. The new members are:
- Dr Andy Croxford - external link, Environment Agency
- Professor Bridget Emmett - external link, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- Professor Dickon Howell - external link, Howell Marine Consulting
SPAG, chaired by Professor Graham Underwood of the University of Essex, recommends prioritised highlight topic (HT) and strategic programme area (SPA) investment opportunities to NERC's Science Board. These opportunities are generated from broad and open input of ideas from the NERC community.
SPAG responds to ideas provided by the environmental science community to ensure that those strategic investments are appropriate, timely, support excellent research, and tackle environmental challenges faced by business and society.
Members are experts in their area of environmental science or profession and are committed to solving real-world problems through environmental science. As such they are well-placed to recognise emerging ideas and opportunities across all of the NERC remit and to make judgements across a range of scientific, strategic and policy issues.
SPAG members are appointed for one year in the first instance, with the possibility that membership will be extended for up to a further two years.