Two teams of enterprising scientist's scooped top prize in a business plan competition for environmental and biotechnology start-up companies in London on Monday.
Eminent physicist, author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE will be hosting the inaugural NERC impact awards prize-giving ceremony.
Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, has announced the appointment of Professor Ian Poll of Cranfield University to the Natural Environment Research Council.
NERC is to fund the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) for a further five years, signing a new contract worth £23m with the University of Leicester.
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded four NERC-funded researchers major prizes in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of geosciences.