2016 news announcements

NERC science boosts UK economic growth by reducing pollution

Decades of research by NERC-funded scientists led to a fundamental contribution to the UK successfully banning harmful marine pollutants, according to a new report.

19 Dec 2016


NERC research into water security creates UK benefits worth billions

NERC's world-leading research has led to economic and environmental benefits for the UK by helping to strengthen regulation in the water industry while avoiding disproportionately expensive requirements.

19 Dec 2016


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2018

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?

13 Dec 2016


Last winter's floods worst in 100 years confirms NERC centre report

A NERC centre's scientific review of the winter floods of 2015-2016 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century.

5 Dec 2016


NERC partners with ESRC and AHRC to fund projects that will help developing countries cope with environmental hazards

Three of the UK's research councils have funded 22 projects that will help communities in some of the poorest regions of the world understand, prepare for and manage a range of natural and man-made environmental hazards.

22 Nov 2016


UK and Chinese scientists join forces to advance understanding of the evolution of the biosphere

NERC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are jointly supporting a new strategic research programme Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience.

22 Nov 2016


NERC funds two projects worth £9 million that will use research to boost UK local economies

NERC has funded two highly ambitious projects worth nearly £9 million that will help two UK regions benefit from its world-class environmental science research.

15 Nov 2016


NERC partners with India for cleaner air and improved water quality

NERC has joined forces with the Indian government and the country's scientists to tackle air pollution in Delhi and help secure improved water quality nationwide.

9 Nov 2016


Touchdown for research aircraft at Into the blue Manchester

NERC's Into the blue Manchester showcase has kicked off with the arrival of the UK's most advanced scientific research aircraft at the city's main airport.

25 Oct 2016


NERC and NSF jointly support research into fate of Antarctic glacier

NERC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that they will jointly fund as much as $25 million (approx. £20 million) in research, and make available additional funding for associated logistical support, to understand a massive Antarctic glacier whose collapse could significantly affect global sea level.

21 Oct 2016


Deputy First Minister opens new Lyell Centre

Deputy First Minister John Swinney hails Lyell Centre as 'a leading centre with bold vision to spearhead new energy evolution'.

18 Oct 2016


Sir David Attenborough lays keel on UK's new polar research ship

NERC's new state-of-the-art polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, reaches its first construction milestone this week with the ceremonial laying of the keel.

17 Oct 2016


State-of-the-art research vessel visits Liverpool

In a unique celebration of the best of British environmental science, the Natural Environment Research Council will showcase one of the world's most advanced research ships in Liverpool this week.

5 Oct 2016


Searching for Scouse cod and Geordie haddock

Scientists this week launched a new study into the 'soundscape' of Britain's seas, aiming to better understand the impact of maritime noise pollution on fish including their ability to communicate.

5 Oct 2016


India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security officially launched

A water security initiative between major India and UK research funding bodies is announced today.

27 Sep 2016


NERC joins forces with the US's Rockefeller Foundation to achieve the UN's Global Goals

NERC and ESRC have joined forces with the US's Rockefeller Foundation to support the United Nation's 17 Global Goals, which aim to eliminate poverty and hunger and help fight climate change over the next 15 years.

20 Sep 2016


NERC research ship and aircraft photographed together for the first time ahead of Into the blue

Today, NERC releases exclusive images of two of the world's key scientific instruments taking part in a training mission ahead of going on public display at Into the blue, an interactive celebration of science taking place in Liverpool and Manchester next month.

6 Sep 2016


NERC's new public engagement focus and strategy

NERC is taking fresh steps to engage the British public with environmental science and its vital role in meeting some of the world's biggest challenges with a new new public engagement with research strategy.

1 Aug 2016


NERC invests £7 million in new strategic research programme

NERC announces it is investing in a new large-scale strategic research programme - the Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System.

1 Aug 2016


NERC publishes ESIOS Science Plan

NERC has today published a science plan for the Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS) capital project.

15 Jul 2016


Business leader appointed as chair of Innovation Advisory Board

NERC is delighted to announce that Dr Stewart Davies has been appointed as the new chair for its Innovation Advisory Board (IAB).

14 Jul 2016


New Innovation Advisory Board members - 2016 appointments

NERC has appointed nine new members to its Innovation Advisory Board to replace those who have completed their term.

14 Jul 2016


ODA research and innovation and NERC

NERC provides context on the Global Challenges Research Fund and Environmental Science.

12 Jul 2016


RCUK statement on international collaboration post EU referendum

RCUK have issued a collective statement on international collaboration post EU referendum.

6 Jul 2016


New issue of Planet Earth magazine now available

NERC is relaunching its magazine Planet Earth, which communicates the amazing science it supports, and the wider benefits it has to UK society and the economy.

4 Jul 2016


New projects to investigate use of satellite technology in farming

NERC has funded five research projects to explore and develop new ways to improve sustainable food production using satellite technologies.

21 Jun 2016


NERC researcher awarded prestigious geology award

Professor John Underhill, chair of exploration geoscience at Heriot-Watt University, has been presented with the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society.

15 Jun 2016


Five NERC colleagues included in Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC is pleased to announce that five colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016 for their services to environmental science, Earth science and deep-sea ecology.

13 Jun 2016


Initial appointments made to GCRF Strategic Advisory Group

Initial appointments have been made to a new strategic advisory group to support the development of the government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

10 Jun 2016


NERC-funded researcher becomes ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society

NERC-funded researcher Professor Nigel Dunnett has recently been appointed as an ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society.

7 Jun 2016


NERC publishes corporate responsibility statement

NERC has today published a corporate responsibility statement outlining our commitment to managing our activities in a responsible way.

26 May 2016


Indian and UK researchers team up to reveal secrets of the monsoon

Understanding the southern Asian monsoon and its effects on the world's climate is the focus of a new UK research collaboration now underway in India.

25 May 2016


Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Do you know someone working in the environmental sciences who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

24 May 2016


People in the driving seat as minister announces £3.9 million urban regeneration partnerships

People living in the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle & Gateshead and York will benefit from a new research and innovation initiative that puts them in the driving seat to help improve their cities' health, wellbeing and prosperity as they face up to challenges of modern urban living.

19 May 2016


Research Councils UK statement on publication of the Success as a Knowledge Economy White Paper

The government has published a white paper which details its planned policy to reform support for higher education and research, including proposals on the future of the research councils.

16 May 2016


Over £40 million pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges announcement

Five UK Research Councils have announced the first joint interdisciplinary calls from the new £1·5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) unveiled by the Government in last year's spending review.

12 May 2016


Climate change data creates a storm

A powerful visualisation of rising global temperatures has captured the collective imagination.

12 May 2016


£200 million polar research ship named in honour of Sir David Attenborough

NERC's new £200 million state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

6 May 2016


UK and Chinese scientists partner on earthquake research programme

A research partnership between the UK and China will develop new expertise on increasing resilience to natural disasters.

5 May 2016


NERC publishes its latest Delivery Plan, covering 2016 to 2020

NERC has published its latest Delivery Plan, which lays out budgets and investment priorities for the period 2016-20.

4 May 2016


Research councils launch action plan to drive cultural change in equality, diversity and inclusion

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture.

4 May 2016


NERC puts £15 million into creating new marine robots and sensors

NERC will invest £15 million in Marine Autonomous Systems and sensors over a five-year development programme.

27 Apr 2016


Name Our Ship online poll has now closed

NERC would like to thank everyone who has supported our campaign to name the UK's next world-class polar research ship.

17 Apr 2016


NERC partners with M&S on sustainable food production

NERC is joining forces with major retailer M&S to help shape the future of sustainable food production in the UK and abroad.

13 Apr 2016


NERC commissions ambitious multi-centre research programmes

NERC has commissioned five highly ambitious research programmes, worth £34 million, that will see its research centres working closely together to tackle major scientific and societal challenges.

22 Mar 2016


Campaign launched to name the UK's state-of-the-art £200m polar research ship

NERC has a new polar research ship under construction and we need a name for her!

17 Mar 2016


New research will improve city life with green infrastructure

NERC is investing around £1·2 million in innovative projects designed to improve urban life and create sustainable cities by helping us make better use of 'green infrastructure'.

7 Mar 2016


NERC-funded scientists start work on Scottish slopes after storm Desmond and storm Frank landslides

Scientists will use cutting-edge technology to pinpoint potential landslide "warning signs" on a high-risk route in Scotland following devastating storms in December.

9 Feb 2016


Tackling drought with big data

An event in March will bring together experts in different fields to find out more about how environmental and social media data can help improve drought prediction.

3 Feb 2016


How to suggest a name for our new ship

We have a new research ship under construction at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead and we need a name for her!

2 Feb 2016


Report highlights the value of NERC investment to the UK

NERC's latest Impact Report clearly demonstrates the importance of its investment in science, innovation and training in creating jobs and driving economic growth across the whole country and beyond.

1 Feb 2016


Energy, water, environment and food policy in the spotlight at new research centre backed by NERC

UK policy on energy, water, environment and food will be in the spotlight at a new research centre backed by NERC.

29 Jan 2016


NERC projects on oil and gas field decommissioning highlighted by Prime Minister

NERC's investment of £1 million to support the decommissioning of oil and gas fields was highlighted today by Prime Minister David Cameron.

28 Jan 2016


New director for science & innovation at NERC

Professor Tim Wheeler will be joining NERC at the start of April 2016 as our new director of science & innovation.

27 Jan 2016


NERC announces new strategic partnership with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

NERC has joined forces with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to help tackle future environmental challenges in managing water resources and provide vital data to decision-makers.

15 Jan 2016


Four NERC colleagues get royal recognition

NERC is pleased to announce that four colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2016.

4 Jan 2016