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 This page is no longer being updated.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


NERC National Capability Science awards: CPOM and COMET

NERC has provided funding to two centres to enable major research programmes into the observation of earthquakes and volcanic activity, and build understanding of changes at the Earth's poles.

29 May 2019


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

Hay Festival and NERC have today unveiled Trans.MISSION II, a new global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences.

25 May 2019


Collaborative projects to advance understanding of biodiversity in Latin America

NERC-funded researchers have begun a series of collaborative projects with partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru to advance understanding of the social and economic role of biodiversity in Latin America, and how it can be managed more sustainably.

17 May 2019


£25 million funding for leading disease prevention projects

NERC is one of 12 funders investing a total of £25 million into understanding and influencing the social, economic and environmental factors that affect our health. The investment marks the first funding round of the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

9 May 2019


NERC celebrates impacts of major public engagement programme

NERC and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement have released a booklet to celebrate the outcomes of a major NERC-funded public engagement programme. The booklet highlights successes and learning points from the first stage of the Engaging Environments programme, to enable researchers at all stages of their career to plan and deliver high-quality public engagement activities.

2 May 2019


NERC invests £1.3 million to engage the UK public on big issues in environmental science

An innovative project that will see researchers collaborate with diverse communities on issues in environmental science has been awarded £1·3 million through NERC's Engaging Environments programme.

11 Apr 2019


National facilities commissioned for UK environmental science community

NERC has commissioned three national facilities to serve the UK environmental research community, allowing researchers to make use of specialist methods such as satellite modelling, radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis and field spectroscopy.

10 Apr 2019


Strength in Places Fund: Strong bids from every region and nation of the UK

Twenty-four ambitious projects, from pharmaceuticals to aerospace, and transport to the creative economy, are to receive early-stage funding to develop full-stage bids that could lead to significant economic growth in places across the country.

21 Mar 2019


Citizen scientists needed to unearth historic weather records to help predict future climate

As part of British Science Week 2019 NERC is funding a citizen science project that will rescue weather data to help scientists predict the future climate.

8 Mar 2019


Marine robot Boaty McBoatface to visit Science Museum

A scale model of the Autosub Long Range known as Boaty McBoatface will take centre stage in the Science Museum as part of an exhibition starting this summer.

28 Feb 2019


Artificial intelligence PhDs to tackle climate change

A new generation of PhD students will use artificial intelligence technology to tackle climate change, improve healthcare and create new commercial opportunities, thanks to a £100 million investment from UK Research & Innovation.

21 Feb 2019


New NERC Advisory Network

NERC is adapting its governance and advisory structures to provide increased agility and broader expertise in light of new opportunities within UK Research & Innovation.

20 Feb 2019


Ambitious research to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

Scientists from across five countries will collaborate on ambitious research to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Feb 2019


UKRI research contributes to report on how to achieve zero plastic waste

A new report on how to eliminate plastic waste from the environment by a UK think tank has been informed by a diverse portfolio of UKRI research and innovation experts. The report proposes a way forward to reduce the amount of plastic waste into the environment produced by the UK.

12 Feb 2019


NERC invests £2.2 million in CDTs focused on renewable energy

Two new Centres for Doctoral Training with a focus on renewable energy are among 75 announced today by UK Research & Innovation.

4 Feb 2019


Understanding impacts of flooding and drought in South East Asia

New international research will boost resilience to hazards such as floods, droughts, storm surges and landslides in South East Asian countries.

29 Jan 2019


New international partnerships on antimicrobial resistance, climate change and soil security

New international collaborations to tackle antimicrobial resistance in the environment, prepare for health risks posed by climate change and ensure healthy soils for food security are part of world-leading international research announced today.

22 Jan 2019


Global research hubs tackle world's environmental challenges

UK Research & Innovation is pioneering an ambitious new approach to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges through a £200 million investment across 12 global research hubs.

22 Jan 2019


Queen's New Year Honours 2019 congratulations

NERC would like to congratulate members of the environmental science community who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list 2019.

8 Jan 2019


15 biggest emerging trends and threats to biodiversity in 2019

Experts have identified the emerging but little understood trends that could have a big impact on the natural world in 2019.

19 Dec 2018


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year 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, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

10 Dec 2018


Glasgow geothermal project heats up with first borehole

The first borehole is underway at the UK Geoenergy Observatory for Glasgow, allowing scientists to 'see' underground at the world-class geothermal energy research site in the east end of the city.

7 Dec 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Winners make an impact on our world

The real-world impact of inspirational environmental science was celebrated last night at NERC's 2018 Impact Awards in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall.

4 Dec 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Bringing Brazil's biodiversity back from the brink

Brazilian early career scientist Dr Cristina Banks-Leite discovered the minimum forest cover required to maintain biodiversity in Brazil's Atlantic forest.

28 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 'Goldilocks' wavelength brings global biomass into focus

Work has begun on a highly innovative satellite able to measure the amount of biomass locked in the world's forests and how this changes over time, paving the way for monitoring how deforestation and reforestation are affecting the climate globally.

26 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 2.5 billion passengers enjoy safer air travel

An air turbulence forecasting algorithm, co-developed by British researchers, has helped make flying safer and smoother for up to 2·5 billion passenger journeys.

22 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Boosting energy potential for the UK

Geological research that led to the discovery of new energy supplies in the UK has been shortlisted for a 2018 NERC Impact Award.

20 Nov 2018


£5.1 million UKRI funding for UK aquaculture research and innovation

Vaccines made using algae are being developed to prevent keep fish from disease and help protect the UK's aquaculture industry.

19 Nov 2018


Ambitious UK-US Antarctic research mission begins

A team of UK and US polar scientists are about to embark on one of the largest joint Antarctic missions for more than 70 years. It's the first field season of a five-year quest to understand the contribution that the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica will make to global sea level.

19 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: Informing new 'no deforestation' standard for sustainable palm oil

New certification standards to make growing palm oil less destructive to biodiversity were developed based on research by NERC 2018 Impact Awards finalist Dr Jennifer Lucey.

15 Nov 2018


NERC Impact Awards 2018: 4,000 tonnes of microbeads no longer released into ocean

Leading British microplastics researchers have been shortlisted for a NERC Impact Award to honour the substantial benefits their pioneering research has provided for society.

8 Nov 2018


NERC celebrates impacts of UK scientists in awards shortlist

The six finalists for NERC's 2018 Impact Awards announced today, ahead of the December ceremony.

5 Nov 2018


Giant 'Earth' artwork shines a light on our environment

A huge Earth will glow alongside Hope the whale in the Natural History Museum this month, at a public 'Lates' event delivered in partnership with NERC.

4 Nov 2018


NERC at Green GB Week: The highlights

Last week the government rolled out the UK's first Green GB Week, to coincide with ten years of the Climate Change Act.

23 Oct 2018


NERC environmental change research showcased at international forum during Green GB Week

Research addressing major environmental challenges posed by climate change was showcased by global partnership the Belmont Forum at an event hosted by UK Research & Innovation and NERC.

19 Oct 2018


Environmental Scientists RISE to the challenge

A NERC funding programme aims to address two of the biggest environmental science challenges in urban areas across the UK today. Air quality and water management innovation projects will have a regional focus as part of the Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) initiative.

19 Oct 2018


Call for new green innovations to tackle climate change

Britain's best innovators and researchers will be invited to pitch their ideas to help tackle the effects of climate change on towns, cities and the countryside as part of modern Industrial Strategy.

19 Oct 2018


NERC students encouraged to turn over a new leaf in research data management with Data Tree

The Data Tree online course in research data management is now live. This free course has been developed by the Institute for Environmental Analytics and funded by NERC to help its students build excellent data management skills.

16 Oct 2018


UKRI partner for Green GB Week

The first Green GB Week will take place on 15-19 October 2018, with a number of events and activities planned across the country.

15 Oct 2018


NERC research on 1.5°C global warming informs international special report on climate change

Key findings from NERC research on achieving the Paris climate agreement's targets are cited in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report.

15 Oct 2018


NERC National Capability Science Single Centre awards

NERC has funded five world-leading programmes of research as part of its National Capability Science Single Centre awards.

12 Oct 2018


NERC pledges £100 million for postgraduate training

NERC is investing over £100 million over the next five years as part of its continued support of environmental science PhD training in the second round of the doctoral training partnerships programme.

10 Oct 2018


Stage 2 proposals wanted for £1.3 million public engagement fund

NERC has opened a call for public engagement proposals costing up to £1·3 million over three years. This significant new investment towards public engagement highlights the importance of the environmental issues at the core of the programme.

5 Oct 2018


NERC beats target with 53 new apprenticeships

NERC staff began 53 apprenticeships during 2017-18, surpassing the government target set by the Apprenticeship Levy last year.

18 Sep 2018


NERC funds National Capability National Public Good awards

NERC has funded six National Capability National Public Good awards worth a total of £8 million.

12 Sep 2018


Research on the role of the environment on mental health

The role the natural environment could play in mental health will be explored as part of an ambitious research investment led by UK Research & Innovation.

10 Sep 2018


UK expertise informs Google's new dataset search

Experts from UK Research & Innovation have contributed to a new search tool launched today by Google that aims to help scientists, policy makers and other user groups more easily find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

6 Sep 2018


UK scientists to join Arctic research ship 'drifting' past North Pole

UK scientists will join what could be the largest-scale Arctic research expedition ever planned when the German research ship, RV Polarstern, is deliberately lodged into sea ice to drift past the North Pole.

29 Aug 2018


Glasgow gives warm welcome to geothermal heat research

Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have approved plans to develop a world class geothermal research observatory in the east end of the city. Work will begin on site this autumn.

28 Aug 2018


£6 million to explore impact of hazardous chemicals on UK ecosystems

NERC has awarded £6 million to investigate the effects that potentially hazardous chemicals used by humans are having on UK habitats and wildlife.

9 Aug 2018


NERC invests £22 million in major research programme on the Atlantic Ocean

A new research programme will investigate the impacts of climate change and human activities on the Atlantic Ocean, from the surface to the deep seabed.

2 Aug 2018


Launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough hull into River Mersey

A major milestone in the build of the UK's state-of-the-art polar research ship is reached this weekend (Saturday 14 July 2018), when the 129m-long, 10,000 tonne hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is launched into the River Mersey for the first time.

11 Jul 2018


UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science

For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean.

3 Jul 2018


NERC supports UKRI A Vision for Zero Plastic Waste parliamentary engagement

On Monday 11 June, NERC researchers and representatives supported a cross-disciplinary parliamentary reception led by UKRI, bringing together authoritative voices from science and innovation, industry and politics under the title: A Vision for Zero Plastic Waste.

14 Jun 2018


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday 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?

14 Jun 2018


NERC colleagues included in Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for their services to environmental science.

11 Jun 2018


Young researchers develop innovative natural hazard communications

NERC sponsored ten young researchers to develop innovative solutions to communicate natural hazard risks, as part of the World Bank's Understanding Risk Forum in Mexico.

31 May 2018


Into the deep - Discovering our oceans

In April, NERC sponsored 'Into the deep - Discovering our oceans', a Parliamentary & Scientific Committee reception in Westminster, chaired by Stephen Metcalfe MP.

31 May 2018


NERC and Hay Festival launch Trans.MISSION films merging climate science and art

NERC and Hay Festival have today unveiled the Trans.MISSION series, three new short films by award-winning artists to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences at Hay Festival 2018 and beyond.

26 May 2018


UK government commits over £30 million of funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The UK government has announced that it will be committing over £30 million of funding and will continue to lead the global fight against antimicrobial resistance. The funding will be delivered via four new projects as part of the Global AMR Innovation Fund. One of these projects will be delivered by BBSRC and NERC, on behalf of UKRI.

24 May 2018


New programme launches to understand biodiversity in Latin America

A new collaboration between researchers in the UK and Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru has been announced, during a visit by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Peru this week.

22 May 2018


Judging panel for the NERC Impact Awards revealed

With just one week left for applications to the NERC 2018 Impact Awards, we can reveal the experts who will be assessing the applications for the awards.

14 May 2018


UK scientists return to the Arctic Ocean to measure climate change threat to marine life

The £16 million UK flagship Changing Arctic Ocean programme sets off today on a scientific cruise to the Arctic Ocean. Funded by NERC, researchers from institutes across the UK are heading to the Fram Strait region between Greenland and Svalbard to look at the effects of warming on Arctic marine life.

9 May 2018


New Arctic research on ocean acidification and microplastics brought live to classrooms around the world

Students around the world have been sending in questions directly to the Arctic Live Research Expedition scientists about their work on microplastics, ocean acidification and the impacts on marine life.

8 May 2018


AccessLab: Scientists to share evidence and skills to help decision making

A new public engagement opportunity will see environmental scientists paired with parliamentary,  policy and council workers, journalists and marine industry figures to help boost the benefits of NERC research beyond the academic community.

3 May 2018


UK and US join forces to understand how quickly a massive Antarctic glacier could collapse

A joint UK-US research programme launched today is one of the most detailed and extensive examinations of a massive Antarctic glacier ever undertaken.

30 Apr 2018


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