2015 news announcements

NERC backs research to protect China's soil and water resources

NERC is backing new research into the environmental impact of changing land and water use in China.

17 Dec 2015


NERC to make up to £5m available to boost regional impact from its research

NERC is set to introduce a brand new, ambitious scheme to help the UK's regions benefit from its world-leading research.

16 Dec 2015


Future commissioning of Centres for Doctoral Training

A new process to be developed over the next six months will help shape NERC's future training priorities.

16 Dec 2015


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2017

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?

15 Dec 2015


Reappointment of the NERC chief executive

Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson today announced the reappointment of Professor Duncan Wingham as chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council.

14 Dec 2015


Entrepreneurial scientists scoop prizes at anniversary finals

Two teams of entrepreneurial researchers have triumphed in a business plan competition for hypothetical biotechnology and environmental start-up companies in London on Thursday.

11 Dec 2015


Field tested: NERC PhDs explain their work

An article about the challenges of undertaking geology in Greece and a photograph of a snow-covered hut from the NERC iSTAR programme in Antarctica are this year's winners of NERC's short article writing and student photography competitions.

10 Dec 2015


Putting SIMs on seals - SMRU and Vodafone announce partnership

The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and Vodafone UK are working together to learn more about the rapid decline in many UK seal populations by fitting them with mobile phone-based tracking tags.

10 Dec 2015


NERC PhD students awarded RCUK policy internships

Fifteen NERC-funded PhD students have been awarded internships that will give them valuable insights into the policymaking process and how science can contribute to it.

9 Dec 2015


NERC launches £6m initiative to support the seafood industry

NERC has today unveiled a scheme to help ensure the UK's fish farming industry develops healthily, safely and sustainably.

9 Dec 2015


UK and Chinese scientists join forces to combat city pollution

New research into toxic fumes polluting a Chinese megacity could help protect the health of millions in the coming decades.

3 Dec 2015


NERC and BBSRC support new smartphone app to help UK farmers protect crops

A new app could help farmers protect crops and safeguard food production in the UK.

3 Dec 2015


NERC-funded science predicts UK rainfall of the future

Soaring temperatures could mean less summer rain despite previous research showing a strong link between climate change and a wet UK holiday season.

1 Dec 2015


NERC science to play a key role in Paris climate change conference

NERC's world-leading climate science research is set to play a pivotal role in helping negotiators thrash out an international climate change agreement during the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris.

30 Nov 2015


Film captures RRS Discovery's unique voyage to mark NERC's 50th anniversary celebrations

A new film commemorates the RRS Discovery's historic passage to London, celebrating half a century of ground-breaking environmental science.

27 Nov 2015


NERC appoints new head of Arctic Office

NERC is delighted to announce that Henry Burgess has accepted the position of head of the NERC Arctic Office.

25 Nov 2015


Science minister opens new Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at NERC's National Oceanography Centre

Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson yesterday officially opened a £3 million centre to develop new technology for the emerging marine robotics sector.

24 Nov 2015


NERC's new £200 million polar research ship contract signed by Cammell Laird

The deal has been sealed for a major marine and engineering services company to start work on a new £200 million polar research ship for NERC.

23 Nov 2015


Tallest trees in rainforests could die of thirst, NERC-funded study finds

Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests, raising the Earth's carbon dioxide levels in the coming decades, a study suggests.

23 Nov 2015


The Nurse review - Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour

An independent review of the UK Research Councils, led by Sir Paul Nurse, is published today.

19 Nov 2015


First study showing pesticide exposure can affect crop pollination by bees

A new study shows neonicotinoid pesticide exposure impairs the pollination services provided by bumblebees.

18 Nov 2015


UK shipyard selected as preferred bidder for £200 million new polar research vessel

The government has announced that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art £200 million polar research ship that will maintain the UK's position firmly at the forefront of climate and ocean research.

12 Oct 2015


NERC's RRS Discovery images the Thames

NERC's Royal Research Ship Discovery has mapped the Thames as part of her journey from Southampton to London.

12 Oct 2015


NERC's risk research saves both lives and money

NERC's research is saving lives, money, and reducing property damage by helping government and business manage environmental risks more effectively.

9 Oct 2015


NERC research boosts UK energy industry

NERC research creates enormous benefits for the energy sector; over its 50-year lifetime it's helped the UK keep the lights on while developing new, cleaner power options.

8 Oct 2015


NERC science improves air quality at home and abroad

NERC research into air quality has reduced the damage air pollution does to human health and the environment, and generated economic benefits of up to £82bn.

7 Oct 2015


NERC's Royal Research Ship Discovery to visit London for the first time

NERC's Royal Research Ship Discovery is set to visit the heart of London for the first time this week to mark 50 years of ground-breaking NERC-funded environmental research.

7 Oct 2015


NERC's ozone research saves thousands of lives and lowers food prices, saving the UK £1.3 billion every year

NERC's ozone research has spared thousands of lives and led to lower food prices, leading to savings of £1·3 billion every year for the UK, thanks to the early implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

16 Sep 2015


UK climate instruments take a ride on NASA's Global Hawk

Two cutting-edge science instruments developed by UK researchers took to the skies aboard NASA's Global Hawk research aircraft.

6 Mar 2015


NERC joins partnership to champion global water resilience

NERC are pleased to announce their support for the newly launched UK Water Partnership, which will promote the UK's expertise in the sector around the globe.

2 Mar 2015


NERC joins partnership to encourage innovative shale regulation

A new fund to ensure safety and sustainability are at the forefront of any drilling for shale gas and oil in the UK has been announced today.

15 Jan 2015