2017 news announcements

Weather station returns to summit of Ben Nevis after 113 years without data

A group of NERC scientists scaled the UK's highest mountain this week to install a weather station that will record conditions on the summit for the first time in 113 years.

9 Nov 2017


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund backs breakthrough robotics and AI projects

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is awarding £68 million to the latest ground-breaking research and innovation projects in robotics and artificial intelligence systems.

8 Nov 2017


CEH and NOC working to become independent research institutes

NERC, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have been working with government to consider the future governance, responsibilities and ownership arrangements for NOC and CEH.

1 Nov 2017


Halley Research Station Antarctica will not winter in 2018

British Antarctic Survey has decided, for safety reasons, that it will close its Halley VI Research Station during the 2018 Antarctic winter.

31 Oct 2017


Meet the scientists tackling the biggest questions on Earth at free environmental science showcase

NERC is inviting the public to meet the scientists tackling the biggest questions on Earth at free environmental science showcase.

30 Oct 2017


Sector-changing public engagement projects launched

NERC has awarded a total of £500,000 to six projects that will build consortia and capacity in public engagement with environmental research across the UK.

16 Oct 2017


NERC announces the Hydro-JULES programme

NERC has announced a major five-year investment in national capability, to develop a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to, and in collaboration with, the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) model.

5 Oct 2017


Grants awarded to train NERC researchers in making science more accessible

NERC has awarded grants to seven UK research institutes to deliver training to NERC-funded researchers to help make their science more accessible to non-expert audiences.

2 Oct 2017


Community puts heads together on Sustainable Development Goals

NERC's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) community engagement workshop brought experts together to explore the role of UK environmental science in meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals.

29 Sep 2017


Sir Keith O'Nions named as first Chair of the new British Geological Survey Board

Today, Sir Keith O'Nions has been announced as the first Chair to lead the new British Geological Survey (BGS) Board.

28 Sep 2017