Jo Johnson, minister of state for universities, science, research & innovation, officially opened the Cranfield University / NCAS Centre for Atmospheric & Emissions Research today.
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).
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.
A major UK research programme will investigate the impact of diminishing sea ice on the fragile marine environment of the Arctic Ocean.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
NERC and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are jointly supporting a new strategic research programme Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NERC has funded five research projects to explore and develop new ways to improve sustainable food production using satellite technologies.
Professor John Underhill, chair of exploration geoscience at Heriot-Watt University, has been presented with the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society.
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.
Initial appointments have been made to a new strategic advisory group to support the development of the government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
NERC-funded researcher Professor Nigel Dunnett has recently been appointed as an ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Scientists will use cutting-edge technology to pinpoint potential landslide "warning signs" on a high-risk route in Scotland following devastating storms in December.
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.
UK policy on energy, water, environment and food will be in the spotlight at a new research centre backed by NERC.
NERC's investment of £1 million to support the decommissioning of oil and gas fields was highlighted today by Prime Minister David Cameron.
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.
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?
Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson today announced the reappointment of Professor Duncan Wingham as chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council.
Two teams of entrepreneurial researchers have triumphed in a business plan competition for hypothetical biotechnology and environmental start-up companies in London on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Soaring temperatures could mean less summer rain despite previous research showing a strong link between climate change and a wet UK holiday season.
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.
A new film commemorates the RRS Discovery's historic passage to London, celebrating half a century of ground-breaking environmental science.
Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson yesterday officially opened a £3 million centre to develop new technology for the emerging marine robotics sector.
The deal has been sealed for a major marine and engineering services company to start work on a new £200m polar research ship for NERC.
Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests, raising the Earth's carbon dioxide levels in the coming decades, a study suggests.
The government has announced that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art £200m polar research ship that will maintain the UK's position firmly at the forefront of climate and ocean research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & cities, has announced the appointment of Professor Ian Poll of Cranfield University to the Natural Environment Research Council.
NERC invests £23m in Earth observation, supporting science and innovation, big data and space technology
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.
NERC and BBSRC are working together, with partners, to fund three new initiatives to improve our understanding of soils.
NERC-funded scientists have contributed to a major new international report showing unequivocally that ocean acidification will have significant consequences for marine life, and in turn human society.
A fleet of seven robotic vehicles is being launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe.
NERC has teamed up with BBC presenter Professor Iain Stewart and Shadow Industries, a Bristol-based production company, to create a new short film called 'Anatomy of an Earthquake'.
New state-of-the-art equipment recently installed on Marylebone Road in central London is giving hourly measurements of kerbside traffic pollution in more detail than ever before.
In response to seismic activity around Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, NERC is working with the Civil Aviation Authority and other partners to ensure that the UK's large atmospheric research aircraft is fitted out and available to monitor any ash plume should it be needed.
NERC is investing £1·9m in protecting Britain's vital infrastructure from environmental risks like extreme weather and natural disasters.
The UK's Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change has today announced new research projects that will see Indian and UK scientists come together to improve forecasts of the South Asian monsoon, including the potential impacts of climate change.
NERC has joined forces with the UK's other research councils and numerous government bodies in an initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on all fronts.
Three leading environmental scientists from the UK have been invited to talk about the state of the world's oceans to an audience including US Secretary of State John Kerry at an ocean summit in Washington.
NERC and STFC today celebrate a major upgrade to the JASMIN cloud computing facility that lets UK environmental scientists assess and evaluate huge sets of environmental data.
The UK Energy Research Centre will continue to act as the focal point for UK energy research following today's announcement of a further £14m of funding from NERC, EPSRC and ESRC.
NERC has signed a statement of intent with the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Medical Research Council to work together on research into air pollution and human health.
The British Geological Survey and the University of Nottingham have announced a new research facility, the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry.
UK scientists funded by NERC have just started a 12-month project to find out how the recent barrage of devastating winter storms affected the communities and coastlines of southwest England.
The UK's share of the global water technology market could be worth £8.8bn by 2030, providing 71,000 jobs, suggests a new report published today.
NERC has invested close to £1m in 33 projects aimed at harnessing the power of environmental data to develop new solutions to problems faced by a range of UK businesses.
Minister for Universities & Science, David Willetts, today announced £4.6 million of NERC investment that will let the UK research community take advantage of existing environmental data for science and impact.
Scientists funded by NERC will this week start research to find out how quickly sand dunes along the east coast of England recover from the erosion caused by massive storm surges like the one that struck the UK coastline in December 2013.
Two teams of entrepreneurial researchers triumphed in a business plan competition for hypothetical biotechnology and environmental start-up companies on Monday.
The winners of NERC's inaugural short article and photography competition were announced at an awards ceremony in central London this evening.
NERC is funding research, skills and technologies, aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of our planet.
NERC has this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global engineering and design company Arup in the first strategic partnership of its kind for the UK's largest funder of environmental science.
The Minister for Universities & Science David Willetts today announced £100m of new NERC investment in fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.
A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been re-discovered by NERC-funded scientists working in the Channel Island of Jersey.
NERC supported research reveals melting undersides of submerged ice shelves account for up to 90 per cent of ice loss in Antarctica.
NERC supported research shows some of Europe's hottest days are four times warmer than the global average change since 1950.
A new NERC supported research study has revealed that the cheetah matches and may even anticipate the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, rather than just relying on its speed and agility.
NERC embraces European bioinformatics as key to integrating biological data with environmental science
NERC has joined BBSRC and MRC to support an agreement that will maximise the impact of Europe's bioscience research data.
A NERC-funded researcher from the University of St Andrews, Dr Gavin Ballantyne, has won a prize in the British Ecological Society's annual photographic competition.
Physical dominance can give some wild animals the edge over their sexual rivals - but their weaker competitors have some breeding advantages too, a NERC supported study suggests.
NERC supported research at the University of Liverpool has shown that the flexible human foot has more in common with the feet of other great apes than previously thought.
It's not quite Supernanny's naughty step, but the animal kingdom has developed its own hard-line strategy for dealing with badly behaved offspring, research funded by NERC suggests.
NERC funded scientists reveal females select the 'right' sperm when faced with the risk of being fertilised by sperm from a different species.
Scientists, part-funded by NERC, are planting flower meadows in the city's parks, playing fields and schools in an attempt to improve the diversity and abundance of pollinating insects.
New study with NERC's delivery partner, SAMS finds the world's marine systems are reacting to climate change more strongly than previously thought.
Large parts of Europe and North America have experienced bigger swings in yearly temperatures in recent decades, according to a new study part-funded by NERC.
The drought caused by the blazing summer of 1976 caused permanent changes to British forests that are still evident today, researchers part-funded by NERC have discovered.
NERC and other research council investments in agri-science are showcased in a new timeline, published by RCUK to coincide with the government's agricultural technologies industrial strategy.
The supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed - with implications for future climate prediction.
A 30 million year-old fossil has revealed how remoras - also called sharksuckers - evolved the sucker that enables them to stick to other fishes and 'hitch a ride'.
The values and factors that influence people's decisions about whether to accept or reject changes to the energy system are revealed in a report published today.
Tidal turbines stretched across Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, could generate up to 1·9 gigawatts of power.
The contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea-level rise will continue to increase over the next 200 years, say researchers.
A new study, supported by funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, has shed light on the potential of birds to survive in the face of climate change.
To implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) successfully, each underground repository will need careful appraisal based on its unique history and setting, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Bristol.
A team of UK researchers believe earthworms could provide a window into past climates, allowing scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.
A study of a global warming event that happened 93 million years ago suggests that the Earth can recover from high carbon dioxide emissions faster than thought.
NERC-funded archaeological science PhD student, Julie Dunne of the University of Bristol, will today present 'Milking it' at London's Southbank as part of this year's Soapbox Science event.
The British landscape is not being used to its best advantage according to a new report from environmental economists from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Professor Martin Siegert has been awarded the 2013 Muse Prize - the major international prize in Antarctic research - for his innovative research on Antarctic subglacial lakes and the reconstruction of Antarctic glacial history.
Chemists have discovered that an 'impossible' reaction at cold temperatures actually occurs with vigour, which could change our understanding of how alcohols are formed and destroyed in space.
Research Councils UK welcomes the further commitment that the government has given to science and research through the announcement of the government's capital and infrastructure investments from 2015.
NERC's British Geological Survey in association with Department of Energy & Climate Change has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain.
NERC's British Antarctic Survey and National Oceanography Centre both feature among the world's top 100 Earth and environmental science institutions, according to a study by Nature Publishing Group.
The history of a new type of crab, nicknamed 'The Hoff' because of its hairy chest, which lives around hydrothermal vents deep beneath the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean, has been revealed for the first time.
David Willetts, minister for universities & science, has announced three new appointments and the reappointment of two members to the Natural Environment Research Council.
A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water, which have been isolated deep underground for billions of years and contain abundant chemicals known to support life.
In the first scientific collaboration of its kind, NERC and NASA scientists are using a robotic aircraft to gather high altitude atmospheric data.