News announcements

Note: From 29 October 2020 news is being published on the UKRI website. This page is no longer being updated.

Hay Festival and NERC merge climate science and art with Trans.MISSION II online

Hay Festival and the Natural Environment Research Council will launch the final part in their Trans.MISSION II collaboration later this month with two new films pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences.

13 May 2020


New Antarctic Wharf Ready for the RRS Sir David Attenborough

A new £40 million wharf to moor the RRS Sir David Attenborough has been used by polar ships for the first time at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station in Antarctica to transport staff and materials back to the UK.

16 Apr 2020


Update to 20/21 NERC Marine Facilities Programme in response to COVID-19

In April 2020, NERC’s Cruise Programme Executive Board (CPEB) reviewed the status of the published 20/21 Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) in light of COVID-19.

15 Apr 2020


New facility for atmospheric measurements launches April 2020

A new research facility will offer scientists access to mobile instrumentation, laboratories and observatories across the world.

6 Apr 2020


Pioneering green finance research and innovation programme is launched

A new £10 million research and innovation programme is opening to support the integration of the financial risks of climate and environmental change into mainstream financial decision making.

27 Feb 2020


New appointments to NERC Council

UK Research and Innovation has appointed three new members to NERC Council – Matthew Harwood, Rebecca Heaton and Clare Matterson.

5 Feb 2020


Queen's New Year Honours for NERC research community

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

6 Jan 2020


New doctoral training centre for Earth Observation of environmental challenges

An exciting new centre has been announced that will train 50 PhD students to tackle environmental challenges using the latest satellite data.

3 Jan 2020


Call for exhibits and activities at NERC Public Engagement Showcase 2020

NERC is offering an opportunity for researchers to run public engagement activities as part of our annual showcase 2020. The showcase will take place at Techniquest Science Centre in Cardiff in July 2020.

19 Dec 2019


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2021

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?

16 Dec 2019


Professor Susan Waldron named NERC Director of Research & Skills

Today, it was announced that Professor Susan Waldron will take up the role of NERC Director of Research and Skills from 6 January 2020. Susan will join NERC from the University of Glasgow where she has been Professor of Biogeochemistry. 

21 Nov 2019


Professor Graham Underwood named as new Chair of NERC Science Committee

Today, it was announced that Professor Graham Underwood will take up the role of the Chair of NERC Science Committee from November 2019.

11 Nov 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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