News announcements

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


£10m 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


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 £9m that will use research to boost UK local economies

NERC has funded two highly ambitious projects worth nearly £9m 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 $25m (approx. £20m) 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 £7m 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 £3.9m 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 £40m pledged in new bid to tackle global challenges announcement

Five UK Research Councils have announced the first joint interdisciplinary calls from the new £1·5bn 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


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

NERC's new £200m 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 £15m into creating new marine robots and sensors

NERC will invest £15m 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 £34m, 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 £1·2m 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 £1m 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


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 policy-making 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 £3m centre to develop new technology for the emerging marine robotics sector.

24 Nov 2015


NERC's new £200m 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 £200m 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 £200m 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 £200m 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 £1.3bn every year

NERC's ozone research has spared thousands of lives and led to lower food prices, leading to savings of £1·3bn 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


New fellowships will drive innovation in horticulture sector

NERC and the Horticulture Innovation Partnership are funding a new fellowship worth over £220,000.

19 Dec 2014


Enterprising young scientists scoop start up prize

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.

10 Dec 2014


Professor Jim Al-Khalili to present the NERC Impact Awards

Eminent physicist, author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE will be hosting the inaugural NERC impact awards prize-giving ceremony.

28 Nov 2014


Minister for universities, science & cities announces new appointment to NERC

Greg Clark, minister for universities, science & cities, has announced the appointment of Professor Ian Poll of Cranfield University to the Natural Environment Research Council.

22 Oct 2014


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.

20 Oct 2014


NERC-funded researchers celebrated by major European Geosciences Union awards

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded four NERC-funded researchers major prizes in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of geosciences.

17 Oct 2014


NERC and BBSRC fund initiatives to protect soils and safeguard global food security

NERC and BBSRC are working together, with partners, to fund three new initiatives to improve our understanding of soils.

13 Oct 2014


NERC scientists lead major UN report on ocean acidification

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.

8 Oct 2014


Robot fleet observes marine life in the open ocean

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.

3 Oct 2014


NERC teams up with Professor Iain Stewart to explore the 'Anatomy of an Earthquake'

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'.

19 Sep 2014


NERC funds hourly traffic pollution monitoring in London

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.

19 Sep 2014


NERC-funded student helps analyse Ebola genome sequence

A NERC-funded student has worked with an international group of researchers to help analyse newly available sequences of Ebola virus genome.

5 Sep 2014


NERC and aviation authorities prepare for possible Icelandic eruption

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.

3 Sep 2014


NERC works with partners to shield infrastructure from natural risks

NERC is investing £1·9m in protecting Britain's vital infrastructure from environmental risks like extreme weather and natural disasters.

1 Sep 2014


Sheepdogs use simple rules to herd sheep

Sheepdogs use just two simple rules to round up large herds of sheep, scientists have discovered.

27 Aug 2014


Indian and UK scientists team up to tackle monsoon

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.

26 Aug 2014


New science minister announces 'war cabinet' to tackle antimicrobial resistance on all fronts

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.

17 Jul 2014


UK science trio called to Washington ocean summit

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.

10 Jun 2014


JASMIN - Environmental science supercomputer upgraded

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.

2 Jun 2014


RCUK commits £14m to UK Energy Research Centre

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.

29 May 2014


NERC commits to working with China on air pollution research and critical zone observatories

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.

28 May 2014


Working together to solve sustainable agriculture challenges

NERC and BBSRC launch a new initiative to support sustainable agriculture systems.

23 May 2014


New polar research ship for UK

Chancellor announces over £200m for NERC's new polar research platform.

25 Apr 2014


New Centre for Environmental Geochemistry to open in Nottingham

The British Geological Survey and the University of Nottingham have announced a new research facility, the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry.

7 Apr 2014


NERC research centre achieves bronze Athena SWAN award

BGS receives award recognising excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

3 Apr 2014


New research projects announced to help save UK forests, woods and trees

Seven new research projects have received a share of £7m to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees.

25 Mar 2014


Study of the effects of recent winter storms' impact on southwest UK could aid preparedness

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.

11 Mar 2014


Report highlights NERC achievements

NERC has published its 2013 Impact Report.

11 Mar 2014


UK water technology sector to boost economy by £8.8bn by 2030

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.

11 Mar 2014


NERC invests in scheme to solve business problems using environmental data

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.

11 Feb 2014


Science Budget allocations 2015-16

Research Councils UK notes the allocations of the science budget for 2015-16, which have now been published.

11 Feb 2014


NERC signs MoU with multinational energy company Shell

NERC has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global energy company Shell.

7 Feb 2014


NERC invests £4.6 million in big data

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.

6 Feb 2014


Research on the effects of storm surges on sand dunes to aid coastal management

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.

4 Feb 2014


Entrepreneurial scientists scoop prize money at competition finals

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

4 Dec 2013


NERC announces the winner of its first photo and essay competition

The winners of NERC's inaugural short article and photography competition were announced at an awards ceremony in central London this evening.

2 Dec 2013


NERC supports growth with responsible environmental management in energy sector

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.

28 Nov 2013


Better modelling of tsunami zones could help insurance quotes

NERC grant awarded for improved modelling of tsunami risk.

25 Nov 2013


NERC signs MoU with global engineering consultancy Arup

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.

7 Nov 2013


NERC invests £100m in environmental science doctoral training

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.

4 Nov 2013


New Earth and Marine Science and Technology centre

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.

31 Oct 2013


Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals

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.

17 Oct 2013


Killer whales may have menopause so grandma can look after the kids

NERC has funded a new project to uncover why killer whales evolved a menopause.

17 Oct 2013


Iron in the Earth's core weakens before melting

New NERC-funded study gives insight into the unusual properties of Earth's core.

11 Oct 2013


Science Minister announces projects to monitor ocean currents

Science Minister David Willetts announces two major NERC-funded projects to monitor ocean currents.

9 Oct 2013


Royal Research Ship Discovery to be named by HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal will name the new RRS Discovery at NERC's National Oceanography Centre this week.

8 Oct 2013


Stress a key factor in causing bee colonies to fail

Extended periods of stress can cause bee colony failures, according to new research part-funded by NERC.

7 Oct 2013


Giant channels discovered beneath Antarctic ice shelf

NERC's BAS scientists help uncover ice channels that may help predict future of Antarctic ice sheet.

7 Oct 2013


Female flies keep mating within the family

NERC supported scientists show male fruit flies sleep around, but females stick with the same mate.

25 Sep 2013


New project may give insights into the evolution of human teeth

NERC has agreed to fund a project worth nearly £680k to investigate how teeth evolved in our earliest ancestors.

20 Sep 2013


Report highlights radical change needed to tackle avoidable food waste

A new report commissioned by the UK Global Food Security programme says radical change is needed to tackle avoidable food waste.

19 Sep 2013


British public split on nuclear power

Research councils show opposition to nuclear power in Britain has fallen since 2005.

19 Sep 2013


Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle

NERC supported research shows undersea mountains are crucial in climate prediction.

19 Sep 2013


Achilles' heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal

NERC supported research reveals melting undersides of submerged ice shelves account for up to 90 per cent of ice loss in Antarctica.

16 Sep 2013


New research shows that the 'landslides season' is changing

NERC's British Geological Survey have shown that the number of landslides in the UK is increasing.

12 Sep 2013


Hottest days in some parts of Europe have warmed four times more than the global average

NERC supported research shows some of Europe's hottest days are four times warmer than the global average change since 1950.

11 Sep 2013


Jurassic jaws: How ancient crocodiles flourished during the age of the dinosaurs

NERC supported research has shown for the first time how crocodiles survived next to dinosaurs.

11 Sep 2013


Ambitious science mission sets off for Antarctica

A team of NERC-funded British scientists is making final preparations for an ambitious Antarctic science mission.

9 Sep 2013


Climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles

New research, part funded by NERC, shows that rising ocean temperatures will upset natural cycles of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and phosphorous.

9 Sep 2013


Study offers new insight into how cheetahs catch their prey

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.

5 Sep 2013


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.

4 Sep 2013


Researchers pinpoint when the First Dynasty of kings ruled early Egypt

Scientists have used the NERC Radiocarbon Facility to set a timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of Egypt.

4 Sep 2013


Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet

A previously unknown canyon, hidden beneath two kilometres of ice covering Greenland, has been discovered by a NERC-funded group of scientists.

30 Aug 2013


Robotic food helps scientists understand predators

NERC has recently awarded a research fellowship for the study of predator prey relationships, using robotic prey to lure predatory fish.

30 Aug 2013


European hunter-gatherers owned pigs as early as 4600BC

European hunter-gatherers acquired domesticated pigs from nearby farmers as early as 4600BC, according to new research part-funded by NERC.

27 Aug 2013


St Andrews ecologist wins photo prize

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.

27 Aug 2013


Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed

Scientists, supported by NERC funding, have recreated the epic journeys of millimetre-sized baby coral across the world's oceans.

22 Aug 2013


Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

New research from NERC's British Antarctic Survey shows that Antarctic krill numbers could be severely harmed by climate change.

22 Aug 2013


Alpha males don't have all the advantages, animal study shows

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.

22 Aug 2013


Human foot not as unique as originally thought

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.

21 Aug 2013


Science spin-out adds colour to forest measurements

Carbomap, a spin-out company supported by NERC from its fundamental science beginnings, brings an 'MRI scanner for forests' to market.

20 Aug 2013


Beetles dish out tough love to curb greedy offspring, study finds

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.

19 Aug 2013


Plants can change greenhouse gas emissions after warming

Different moorland plants can strongly influence climate warming effects on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a NERC-funded study.

19 Aug 2013


NERC supported research shows how females choose the 'right' sperm

NERC funded scientists reveal females select the 'right' sperm when faced with the risk of being fertilised by sperm from a different species.

16 Aug 2013


New web tool improves rapid ash cloud forecasts

A new web tool based on NERC-funded research could pave the way for better management of airspace during volcanic crises.

16 Aug 2013


Ancient mammal relatives cast light on recovery after mass extinction

NERC supported research shows ancient mammal relatives did not evolve new features after largest mass extinction on Earth.

15 Aug 2013


Bright birds make good mothers

A NERC supported study has shown that female blue tits with brightly coloured crowns are better mothers than duller birds.

13 Aug 2013


Wildflowers sown across Bristol to encourage insect life

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.

13 Aug 2013


Global investigation reveals true scale of ocean warming

New study with NERC's delivery partner, SAMS finds the world's marine systems are reacting to climate change more strongly than previously thought.

5 Aug 2013


'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity

New research, part-funded by NERC, shows how crushed insects can accelerate the monitoring and cataloguing of biodiversity.

5 Aug 2013


Bacteria hold the clues to trade-offs in financial investments and evolution

Scientists have found that bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons.

1 Aug 2013


Shifting patterns of temperature volatility in the climate system

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.

25 Jul 2013


Study reveals brown trout's tolerance to heavily polluted water

Scientists part-funded by NERC have found that brown trout can survive in the contaminated waters of the River Hayle in Cornwall.

24 Jul 2013


British forests still feel the impact of the 1976 drought

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.

24 Jul 2013


NERC welcomes the UK's strategy for agricultural technologies

NERC welcomes the publication of the UK's strategy for agricultural technologies which was launched yesterday.

23 Jul 2013


Ground-breaking agri-science research showcased in new timeline

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.

23 Jul 2013


Loss of African woodland may impact on climate, study reveals

Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a NERC-funded study suggests.

22 Jul 2013


Scientists discover new variability in iron supply to the oceans, with climate implications

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.

19 Jul 2013


Bees under threat from bumblebee imports

Scientists call for stricter controls over bumblebee imports after research, part-funded by NERC, finds parasites in over three-quarters of imported colonies. 

18 Jul 2013


Fossil shows fish had sucker on its back

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'. 

17 Jul 2013


Latest research defines values which determine public acceptance of energy system change

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.

16 Jul 2013


Manure was used by Europe's first farmers 8,000 years ago

A new study, funded by NERC, says Europe's first farmers used far more sophisticated practices than previously thought.

16 Jul 2013


Pentland Firth turbines could generate "almost half of Scotland's electricity"

Tidal turbines stretched across Pentland Firth, which separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, could generate up to 1·9 gigawatts of power.

10 Jul 2013


Greenland ice sheet contribution to sea level will increase over next 200 years

The contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea-level rise will continue to increase over the next 200 years, say researchers.

10 Jul 2013


Birds outpace climate change to avoid extinction

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.

10 Jul 2013


New ship for UK marine science handed over to NERC

The new ship to serve the UK marine science community was yesterday (8 July 2013) handed over to NERC by its builder CNP Freire, SA in Vigo, Spain.

9 Jul 2013


Finding the Goldilocks sites to store CO2 underground

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.

9 Jul 2013


Earthworms could help scientists 'dig' into past climates

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.

8 Jul 2013


Rocks can restore our climate... after 300,000 years

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.

8 Jul 2013


Female scientists campaign for change in gender inequality in science

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.

5 Jul 2013


Evidence suggests Antarctic crabs could be native

A new study has cast doubt on the claim that crabs may have disappeared from Antarctica only to return due to warming seas.

5 Jul 2013


University of East Anglia research reveals true cost of farming to UK economy

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).

5 Jul 2013


Harvesting sustainable chemicals and energy at sea

New materials are helping to make mass cultivation of Europe's near-shore seaweeds a reality. It could reduce our dependency on crude oil.

3 Jul 2013


NERC funded professor wins 2013 Martha T Muse Prize

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.

3 Jul 2013


CryoSat maps biggest ever flood beneath Antarctica

New observations from the European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite have identified a vast crater in Antarctica's icy surface.

2 Jul 2013


The quantum secret to alcohol reactions in space

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.

1 Jul 2013


RCUK welcomes announcement of government's investment plans for capital and infrastructure

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.

28 Jun 2013


Flood Force film launched by Living With Environmental Change (LWEC)

A new film featuring NERC science has won the first ever LWEC short film competition.

28 Jun 2013


Shale gas resource figure released

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.

27 Jun 2013


NERC research centres among the world's top 100

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.

20 Jun 2013


Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles

Mature males work harder and care less about female infidelity.

19 Jun 2013


Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed

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.

19 Jun 2013


Treating infection may have sting in the tail, parasite study shows

Using drugs to treat an infection could allow other co-existing conditions to flourish, a study in wild animals has shown.

18 Jun 2013


Current affairs make life hard for stickleback dads

Male stickleback fish deserve extra praise this Father's Day, in light of findings by University of Leicester researchers.

14 Jun 2013


New appointments to the Natural Environment Research Council

David Willetts, minister for universities & science, has announced three new appointments and the reappointment of two members to the Natural Environment Research Council.

13 Jun 2013


Funding to help understand soil's key role in Global Food Security

Funders have joined forces to offer £4·5m for research into soil ecosystems and their impact on agriculture and food production.

12 Jun 2013


Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars

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.

16 May 2013


Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered.

10 May 2013


BIOMASS mission given go ahead to launch in 2020

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth Observation Programme Board has today given the go-ahead for a new €400m Earth Observation mission.

7 May 2013


CryoSat-2 mission reveals major Arctic sea-ice loss

Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 per cent in the autumn and 9 per cent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, a UK-led team of scientists has discovered.

13 Feb 2013


UK and USA collaborate in airborne climate science projects

In the first scientific collaboration of its kind, NERC and NASA scientists are using a robotic aircraft to gather high altitude atmospheric data.

25 Jan 2013


Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security

A new report highlights the importance of soil science in overcoming food and fuel crop shortages.

22 Jan 2013