NERC's advisory role
An important part of NERC's role, enshrined in our Royal Charter, is to disseminate knowledge and provide advice. We work closely with government and Parliament to make sure policymakers have the latest environmental science and expertise available to inform their decisions.
We do this at a 'working level' through designing and delivering research in partnership with government departments; and through our more formal advisory function which involves contributing information and advice to government and parliamentary processes.
Head Office coordinates NERC's input to government and parliamentary questions and inquiries that call for environment science evidence and expertise. In some cases NERC is called on to contribute; in others we become aware of an opportunity to input to a consultation or parliamentary inquiry and decide whether a response from NERC would be beneficial.
In this advisory capacity NERC provides:
- input to government consultations
- responses to Parliamentary questions, written submissions and oral evidence to select committee inquiries, and information for ministerial briefings (for example for international visits, meetings with industry, meetings with foreign stakeholders)
- briefings for high-level bilateral meetings - strategic discussions with government departments and agencies regarding areas of common interest - these usually involve NERC's chief executive and director of science and the bilateral partner's chief scientific advisor.
Sometimes Research Councils UK will submit a coordinated response on behalf of all seven research councils, to which NERC may or may not contribute depending on the issue.