Joint NERC-ESRC call on Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System: Environmental & socio-economic impacts & processes

5 July 2017

NERC and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are investing £8 million in a research programme on Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System: Environmental & socio-economic impacts & processes.

The outcome of this research programme will be the provision of an updated independent scientific evidence base to understand potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of unconventional hydrocarbon development.

Where appropriate, applicants may use the recently confirmed £31 million UK Geoenergy Observatories infrastructure programme, which is currently being commissioned.

The announcement of opportunity for this programme will be published on the NERC website in early September and a subsequent town hall meeting will be held on 4 October 2017.

The purpose of the town hall meeting will be to:

  1. provide a forum for discussion of the science challenges and possible approaches to undertaking the research
  2. provide an opportunity to broker potential collaborations and partnerships.

Those interested in attending the town hall meeting are asked to hold this date. Full details of how to register for the event will be included in the announcement of opportunity. Please note that not everyone who registers may be able to attend the meeting due to the venue size. Also NERC and ESRC reserve the right to limit attendance to ensure a balance of institutions and expertise.

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