2017 news announcements

Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year 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?

13 Dec 2017


15 biggest emerging trends and threats to biodiversity in 2018 - New report

Gene editing to eradicate unwanted animal populations, deep water lasers for trawling the sea, radiation threats from next-generation mobile phone networks and how to protect the 44% of the Earth's surface covered by no-mans-land oceans.

5 Dec 2017


Weather station returns to summit of Ben Nevis after 113 years without data

A group of NERC scientists scaled the UK's highest mountain this week to install a weather station that will record conditions on the summit for the first time in 113 years.

9 Nov 2017


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund backs breakthrough robotics and AI projects

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is awarding £68 million to the latest ground-breaking research and innovation projects in robotics and artificial intelligence systems.

8 Nov 2017


CEH and NOC working to become independent research institutes

NERC, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have been working with government to consider the future governance, responsibilities and ownership arrangements for NOC and CEH.

1 Nov 2017


Halley Research Station Antarctica will not winter in 2018

British Antarctic Survey has decided, for safety reasons, that it will close its Halley VI Research Station during the 2018 Antarctic winter.

31 Oct 2017


Meet the scientists tackling the biggest questions on Earth at free environmental science showcase

NERC is inviting the public to meet the scientists tackling the biggest questions on Earth at free environmental science showcase.

30 Oct 2017


Sector-changing public engagement projects launched

NERC has awarded a total of £500,000 to six projects that will build consortia and capacity in public engagement with environmental research across the UK.

16 Oct 2017


NERC announces the Hydro-JULES programme

NERC has announced a major five-year investment in national capability, to develop a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to, and in collaboration with, the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) model.

5 Oct 2017


Grants awarded to train NERC researchers in making science more accessible

NERC has awarded grants to seven UK research institutes to deliver training to NERC-funded researchers to help make their science more accessible to non-expert audiences.

2 Oct 2017


Community puts heads together on Sustainable Development Goals

NERC's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) community engagement workshop brought experts together to explore the role of UK environmental science in meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals.

29 Sep 2017


Sir Keith O'Nions named as first Chair of the new British Geological Survey Board

Today, Sir Keith O'Nions has been announced as the first Chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) Board.

28 Sep 2017


New North Cheshire energy research site to be UK's 'eyes and ears of the underground'

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new 'observatory for the underground' that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy.

26 Sep 2017


NERC and the UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres join forces to engage families

The UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres and NERC are to work together on a programme of activities that will explore the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world.

14 Sep 2017


UK and China join forces on projects to develop next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies

Researchers from the UK and China will collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies to enable the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.

7 Sep 2017


Scientists appeal to UK public to unearth 'lost' Ben Nevis weather data

Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of 'lost' weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain's highest mountain.

6 Sep 2017


NERC launches UK-wide photo competition to capture your #Enviromoment

NERC is launching its Picture It: Your Environment photo competition, as part of the build up to our free interactive showcase event, UnEarthed, in Edinburgh (17-19 November).

6 Sep 2017


The most advanced space weather radar in the world to be built in the Arctic

The most advanced space weather radar in the world is to be built in the Arctic by an international partnership including the UK, thanks to new investment, including in the region of £4 million to £6 million from NERC.

23 Aug 2017


New polar ship construction milestone

A major feat of engineering takes place this week as the stern section of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, is transported by barge from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to Cammell Laird's shipyard in Birkenhead.

21 Aug 2017


Community invited to view plans for geothermal energy research opportunity in Clyde Gateway

Two of the UK's leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development.

14 Aug 2017


Professor Duncan Wingham appointed as Executive Chair Designate of NERC

Professor Wingham has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of NERC following nearly six years as Chief Executive of the council, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

11 Aug 2017


New Innovation Advisory Board members - 2017 appointments

NERC has appointed seven new members to its Innovation Advisory Board to replace those who have completed their term.

28 Jul 2017


Science Minister opens British Antarctic Survey innovation centre

The new Aurora Innovation Centre, that will support cross-discipline research to tackle environmental challenges and increase the real-world benefit of polar research, was officially opened today by Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson.

21 Jul 2017


Global issues from health to humanitarian crises to be tackled in ambitious research programme

Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme.

21 Jul 2017


The environment is central to achieving the UN Global Goals, the first joint Rockefeller Foundation-NERC-ESRC report finds

A clear understanding of the multiple ways we, as humans, affect the environment and how the environment, in turn, affects us is essential to achieving each of the United Nation's 17 Global Goals on Sustainable Development.

18 Jul 2017