News announcements

UK environmental science best in the world

A recent report showed that UK environmental science ranks top amongst research-intensive countries around the globe. Further analysis now shows that NERC-funded science outperforms the UK environmental research average.

18 Apr 2018


NERC building resilience projects showcased at Commonwealth summit

Researchers helping to boost resilience to natural disasters in developing countries using innovative risk financing schemes showcased their work today as part of the Commonwealth summit.

16 Apr 2018


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

NERC and Hay Festival have joined forces to launch Trans.MISSION, a new project pairing leading environmental scientists with award-winning artists to communicate cutting edge research to new audiences at Hay Festival 2018 and beyond.

26 Mar 2018


NERC report on gender pay gap 2017

NERC has today published a report on the average hourly pay and bonuses of male and female employees, known as the 'gender pay gap'.

26 Mar 2018


Boaty completes first under-ice Antarctic mission

NOC autonomous underwater vehicle Autosub Long Range, known affectionately around the world as Boaty McBoatface, was successfully recovered last week following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in West Antarctica.

14 Mar 2018


Building Resilience event highlights the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration

Researchers from across the UK, the globe and from a wide variety of disciplines gathered last week to address the building of resilience to environmental hazards, both natural and man-made, in developing countries.

13 Mar 2018


New Board created for the British Geological Survey

NERC and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have today announced the membership of the first BGS Board.

13 Mar 2018


JASMIN4: A crucial upgrade for environmental science

A major upgrade is being made to double the storage available in one of the UK's national supercomputers.

8 Mar 2018


NERC announces Council members

We are pleased to announce the appointment of the NERC Council which will be effective from 1 April 2018. This board is a combination of previously serving Council members, existing members and new members to ensure a broad range of expertise and experience is represented, as we commence upon the creation of UK Research & Innovation.

6 Mar 2018


Operation Earth: Environmental science for families launches nationwide

NERC's Operation Earth programme launches this month at 11 science and discovery centres across the UK.

8 Feb 2018


Report shows NERC environmental science tackles global challenges

Today, we published our annual Impact Report showing how sustained NERC investment and partnerships achieve prosperity and wellbeing. It demonstrates how our work delivers a cleaner, more productive and more resilient world.

31 Jan 2018


Air quality research supersites set for Manchester, Birmingham and London

A new network of advanced air quality monitoring instruments will detect harmful air pollutants and their sources in greater detail than ever before at existing research sites in three UK cities.

22 Jan 2018


NERC community recognised in Queen's New Year Honours 2018

NERC would like to congratulate colleagues and members of the environmental science community who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list 2018.

8 Jan 2018


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