2017 news announcements

Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2019

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 2017

15 biggest emerging trends and threats to biodiversity in 2018 - New report

Gene editing to eradicate unwanted animal populations, deep water lasers for trawling the sea, radiation threats from next-generation mobile phone networks and how to protect the 44% of the Earth's surface covered by no-mans-land oceans.

5 Dec 2017

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

New North Cheshire energy research site to be UK's 'eyes and ears of the underground'

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has announced the location for a new 'observatory for the underground' that will provide important research evidence on natural resources for heat and energy.

26 Sep 2017

NERC and the UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres join forces to engage families

The UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres and NERC are to work together on a programme of activities that will explore the importance of environmental science in helping us understand our changing world.

14 Sep 2017

UK and China join forces on projects to develop next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies

Researchers from the UK and China will collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies to enable the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.

7 Sep 2017

Scientists appeal to UK public to unearth 'lost' Ben Nevis weather data

Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of 'lost' weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain's highest mountain.

6 Sep 2017

NERC launches UK-wide photo competition to capture your #Enviromoment

NERC is launching its Picture It: Your Environment photo competition, as part of the build up to our free interactive showcase event, UnEarthed, in Edinburgh (17-19 November).

6 Sep 2017

The most advanced space weather radar in the world to be built in the Arctic

The most advanced space weather radar in the world is to be built in the Arctic by an international partnership including the UK, thanks to new investment, including in the region of £4 million to £6 million from NERC.

23 Aug 2017

New polar ship construction milestone

A major feat of engineering takes place this week as the stern section of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, is transported by barge from Hebburn-based shipyard A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to Cammell Laird's shipyard in Birkenhead.

21 Aug 2017

Community invited to view plans for geothermal energy research opportunity in Clyde Gateway

Two of the UK's leading scientific agencies have issued an open invitation to come to the Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock, when plans will be unveiled for an exciting new research development.

14 Aug 2017

Professor Duncan Wingham appointed as Executive Chair Designate of NERC

Professor Wingham has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of NERC following nearly six years as Chief Executive of the council, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today.

11 Aug 2017

New Innovation Advisory Board members - 2017 appointments

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

28 Jul 2017

Science Minister opens British Antarctic Survey innovation centre

The new Aurora Innovation Centre, that will support cross-discipline research to tackle environmental challenges and increase the real-world benefit of polar research, was officially opened today by Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson.

21 Jul 2017

Global issues from health to humanitarian crises to be tackled in ambitious research programme

Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multi-disciplinary research programme.

21 Jul 2017

The environment is central to achieving the UN Global Goals, the first joint Rockefeller Foundation-NERC-ESRC report finds

A clear understanding of the multiple ways we, as humans, affect the environment and how the environment, in turn, affects us is essential to achieving each of the United Nation's 17 Global Goals on Sustainable Development.

18 Jul 2017

Boost for addressing challenges in global agriculture and food systems sustainability

To address key global development challenges in securing future food supplies, BBSRC is leading a collaboration with the MRC, ESRC, AHRC, and NERC to invest over £16 million through the Global Challenges Research Fund Foundation Awards for Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research.

17 Jul 2017

Study of 11,000 years of West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss sheds light on today

Study shows wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica during the past 11,000 years, enabling researchers to better understand how environmental change may impact future sea-level rise.

6 Jul 2017

Ozone layer recovery could be delayed by a rise in a gas commonly used in paint strippers

If recent and rapid increases in a gas commonly used as a paint stripper and in the food industry to decaffeinate coffee and tea continue, the recovery of the ozone hole could be delayed by up to 30 years, say researchers.

28 Jun 2017

Boaty McBoatface returns home with unprecedented data

Researchers at the University of Southampton have captured unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on Earth during the first voyage of the yellow robotic submersible known as Boaty McBoatface, which arrived back in the UK last week.

28 Jun 2017

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund opportunities begin to open

The research councils and Innovate UK welcome the initial key areas of the government's flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) that have now opened to businesses and researchers to apply for funding.

23 Jun 2017

Queen's Birthday Honours

NERC extends its warmest congratulations to Professor Sir Charles Godfray and Professor Terence Lewis, who have both been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

20 Jun 2017

Engaging environments: Public engagement funding announcement

Engaging environments: NERC funding for public engagement consortium and capacity-building projects.

13 Jun 2017

Call for nominations for the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

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?

12 Jun 2017

£8.6 million UK research programme on greenhouse gas removal

New research will investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.

20 Apr 2017

Scientists to shed light on UK's underground energy technologies

New £31 million research facilities will see UK scientists gather critical data on the use of geoenergy technologies to help meet energy needs.

12 Apr 2017

Universities minister Jo Johnson opens new multi-agency research hub

Jo Johnson, minister of state for universities, science, research & innovation, officially opened the Cranfield University / NCAS Centre for Atmospheric & Emissions Research today.

2 Feb 2017

Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

The minister for universities, science, research & innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the chief executive designate of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

2 Feb 2017

NERC science brings large, long-term benefits for the UK and other countries

Today, we published our annual Impact Report which shows how NERC science brings sustained benefits to our economy and society, driving UK productivity and competitiveness while building a safer, wealthier and more secure world.

24 Jan 2017

£10 million to investigate impact of climate change on Arctic Ocean

A major UK research programme will investigate the impact of diminishing sea ice on the fragile marine environment of the Arctic Ocean.

24 Jan 2017

Halley Research Station Antarctica to close for winter

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has decided not to winter at Halley VI Research Station for safety reasons. The station, which is located on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, will shut down between March and November 2017.

16 Jan 2017

Construction partner chosen to modernise Antarctic infrastructure

Construction expert BAM has been chosen to partner with NERC's research centre BAS to modernise UK Antarctic research facilities.

4 Jan 2017

NERC colleagues included in Queen's New Year Honours 2017

NERC is pleased to announce that four colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2017 for their services to polar science, diplomacy, environmental science, human health, atmospheric chemistry and glaciology.

3 Jan 2017