Events archive

Past NERC-run and NERC-sponsored events, with relevant outputs available to download:

October 2016

14 Oct 2016

The Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System (RoSES) - Workshop


A workshop was held to facilitate the development of high quality proposals that will take full advantage of potential collaborative opportunities.

13 Oct 2016

NERC data centres - future services: A forward look town hall meeting


NERC held a town hall meeting to help us better understand users' future requirements for our environmental data centres and the services that they provide.

September 2016

27 Sept 2016

Drought science and management symposium


A symposium was held that focused on drought science and management in the UK and around the world.

22 Sept 2016

Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science: new public engagement funding call


NERC invited applications to attend a public engagement call information event.

21-23 Sept 2016

Aquaculture Europe 2016: Food for thought


NERC and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) co-sponsored this conference / exhibition.

16 Sept 2016

Marine sensor development capital call - Information workshop


Individuals interested in submitting a proposal to the marine sensor capital call were strongly encouraged to attend this workshop which provided an opportunity to develop collaborations with other scientists and discuss integration of sensors into marine autonomous systems (MAS) with NOC technicians.

July 2016

19 Jul 2016

Global Challenge Research Fund: Building Resilience workshop


A one day workshop to enable interdisciplinary community building as part of the NERC, AHRC & ESRC call for proposals to address the challenge of Building Resilience to environmental hazards in developing countries.

5 Jul 2016

Heads of Department meeting

Royal College of Physicians, London

The NERC community were invited to suggest topics for discussion at this meeting.

5 Jul 2016

Oil & gas decommissioning brokerage event


As part of the Oil and Gas Innovation Programme, NERC invited applicants to participate in a one-day interactive brokerage event on decommissioning and its environmental management, with the ultimate aim of funding research translation projects which address industry challenges

June 2016

30 Jun 2016

Challenges and Opportunities of Renewable Energy event


A one-day conference that showcased the R&D funded across the NERC land based and marine research programmes together with projects funded with Innovation/Discovery science funding in the renewable energy sector.

20-22 Jun 2016

Practical Aerosol Science 2016 course

Manchester, UK

This second annual short-course in aerosol theory and measurement ran over 2·5 days, with a combination of lectures and hands-on lab experience with research-grade equipment.

15-16 Jun 2016

Macronutrient Cycles science meeting


A two-day meeting on 15-16 June 2016 was held to present the results of the research and address key issues for policy makers and stakeholders.

9 Jun 2016

Using natural processes to reduce flood risk


NERC invited applications to attend a jointly organised workshop with the Environment Agency and Department for Food, Environment & Rural Affairs on 9 June 2016 on using natural processes to minimise flood risk.

May 2016

26 May 2016

NERC Green infrastructure community event


In order to gain further insight into Green Infrastructure practices and their relationships with academic research NERC held a community event to bring together research, policy and practice.

24 May 2016

Decision making under uncertainty - Town meeting


EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and NERC invited applications to attend a town meeting which aimed to initiate the building of a multidisciplinary community focused on decision making under uncertainty. The meeting provided more information about an announcement of opportunity for networks.

10-20 May 2016

Atmospheric Measurement Summer School 2016

Isle of Arran

This 10-day practical course was aimed at first and second year PhD students and early career researchers who were new to atmospheric field work.

10 May 2016

Improving Health with Environmental Data brokerage event


NERC, the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office invited applications from academics to attend a brokerage event for the Improving Health with Environmental Data call.

5 May 2016

NERC Green infrastructure community event


In order to gain further insight into Green Infrastructure practices and their relationships with academic research NERC held a community event to bring together research, policy and practice.

April 2016

28 Apr 2016

Greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere


Applications were invited from researchers, industry representatives and policy makers to attend a one-day workshop on greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere.

11-15 Apr 2016

Introduction to Scientific Computing course 2016

University of Leeds

This course was designed to provide NERC PhD students and early career researchers with essential skills for working with scientific data and automating tasks.

March 2016

15 Mar 2016

Engaging with NERC

Natural History Museum, London

With a new public engagement strategy in place, professionals and practitioners in the public engagement sector were invited to explore the public engagement landscape in terms of strategic overlap with NERC.

8-9 Mar 2016

SARIC sandpit

Park Inn, Nottingham

NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) invited attendance to a sandpit for the Sustainable Agriculture Research Innovation Club which was held on 8-9 March 2016.

7-11 Mar 2016

Water scarcity hack-week: Call for applications


NERC, Unilever, the Big Innovation Centre and Hackmasters invited expressions of interest from academic partners to collaborate in a five-day hack-week focused on the challenge of water scarcity.

6-11 Mar 2016

Environmental Genomics and Metabolomics course 2016

University of Birmingham

An integrated short course to guide genomics and metabolomics research for environmental health management and protection of diversity.

December 2015

10 Dec 2015

Environmental Nanoscience Initiative finale event

The Royal Society, London

NERC invited registrations to attend the Environmental Nanoscience Initiative finale event showcasing research into the impact of nanomaterials on the environment.

November 2015

24-25 Nov 2015
09:30-17:00 (Tuesday), 09:00-16:00 (Wednesday)

UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry: 2015 annual science meeting

Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth

All researchers directly involved in the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB) programme (either through research grant awards, research studentships, SSB cruise participation or SSB programme management) were invited to the 2015 annual science meeting.

5 Nov 2015
10:00-16:00 (Thursday)

Changing Arctic Ocean: Workshop

Jurys Inn, Birmingham

A workshop was held on the 5 November 2015 in order to facilitate the development of high quality proposals that effectively use the planned programme cruises and maximise collaboration opportunities.

October 2015

26-27 Oct 2015
09:15-18:45 (Monday), 09:30-14:45 (Tuesday)

Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) Resilience Conference 2015

Royal United Service Institute, London

RUSI's 2015 Resilience Conference involved academia, industry and government in a high-level discussion about approaches to resilience at both a national and international level.

22 Oct 2015

Energy Security & Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface project town hall meeting

British Geological Survey, Nottingham

NERC invited the UK science community, and others with an interest in the ESIOS project, to attend a town hall meeting to help us develop science ideas for the project.

17 Oct 2015

Battle of Ideas 2015 (public event)

Conservatory, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

The Battle of Ideas 2015 was a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate which took place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. Scientists grappled with the topic of the future of oceans amongst many other themes.


14 Oct 2015

The Ocean Debates (public event)

The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

The Royal Institution, along with BBC broadcaster Helen Czerski, held The Ocean Debates, a public event celebrating 50 years of great NERC research and the world-leading research vessel RRS Discovery's journey to London.

11 Oct 2015

RRS Discovery: Inspiring the New Generation of Women in Science

RRS Discovery, London

As part of the series of events on-board the RRS Discovery, a small group of early-career scientists met inspiring environmental researchers.

10 Oct 2015

RRS Discovery public tours

RRS Discovery, London

In association with the Natural History Museum, we offered the chance to win a guided tour around the Discovery and experience this world-leading research vessel.

9 Oct 2015

Breakfast briefing: A resilient economy

RRS Discovery, London

At this breakfast event onboard the Discovery, leaders from business and government discussed how environmental science continues to help the UK economy prosper, and its impact upon the delivery of economic and social prosperity in the future.

8 Oct 2015

RRS Discovery reception 2015

The Walkways, Tower Bridge, London

Top figures from industry, academia and government were invited to attend this flagship reception; as part of our programme of events to recognise 50 years of great NERC research, and to look forward to a great future for UK environmental science.

7 Oct 2015
All day

School Tours of RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery, London

Local secondary school students had the rare opportunity to take part in a guided tour of this world-leading research ship and to visit exhibitions on an inspiring range of environmental science topics.

September 2015

11 Sep 2015

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World town meeting

Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, London

NERC invited applications to attend a town meeting in central London where attendees could exchange ideas, discuss potential projects and identify collaborators. It was intended primarily for prospective applicants to the programme, but was also beneficial for potential collaborators and those interested in the programme from the perspective of future engagement.

8 Sep 2015

Drought risk and decision making symposium

Exeter College, Oxford University

Droughts threaten societies, economies and ecosystems worldwide, and can lead to potential losses of billions of pounds. This symposium brought together global experts on the processes that cause drought and their consequences.

July 2015

6-8 Jul 2015

Third International Environmental 'Omics Synthesis conference IEOS2015

University of St Andrews

This conference aimed to bring together researchers and organisations from a range of disciplines with shared interests in data handling, generation and analysis in environmental omics.

June 2015

30 Jun 2015

Water in Future Cities - RCUK Water Showcase 2015

The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock, London

This invite-only event brought together policymakers, businesses and researchers to explore five distinctive visions for cities of the future.

27 Jun 2015

BGS open day 2015

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG

The British Geological Survey held an open day at its Environmental Science Centre in Keyworth on Saturday 27 June 2015 from 10:00 – 16:00.

February 2015

10 Feb 2015

Parliamentary reception

House of Commons, London

RCUK energy programme and Innovate UK held a parliamentary reception which will showcase how the UK research councils and Innovate UK are working together to help the UK government meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals.

3 Feb 2015

Heads of Department meeting

Hallam Conference Centre, London

The NERC community were invited to suggest topics for discussion at this meeting.

January 2015

27 Jan 2015

NERC Impact Awards 2015

Royal Institute of British Architects, London

The inaugural NERC Impact Awards culminated in this prize-giving ceremony in London.

15 Jan 2015

New polar research vessel town meeting and Marine Facilities Advisory Board workshop

Regent's University London

A meeting to engage with the wider scientific community and encourage participation and input to the vessel's overall design concept and operability.