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RCUK welcomes government's announcement

28 Jun 2013
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. RCUK welcomes government's announcement

Flood Force film launched by Living With Environmental Change

28 Jun 2013
A new film featuring NERC science has won the first ever LWEC short film competition.  Flood Force film launched by Living With Environmental Change

Shale gas resource figure released

27 Jun 2013
NERC's British Geological Survey in association with Department of Energy and Climate Change has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain. Shale gas resource figure released

NERC research centres among the world's top 100

20 Jun 2013
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. NERC research centres among the world's top 100

NERC funding contributes to prize-winning project

20 Jun 2013
A NERC-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project was part of the group that won PraxisUnico's Collaborative Impact Award.  NERC funding contributes to prize-winning project

Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles

19 Jun 2013
Mature males work harder and care less about female infidelity. Older males make better fathers says new research on beetles

Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed

19 Jun 2013
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. Origins of 'The Hoff' crab revealed

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

18 Jun 2013
Using drugs to treat an infection could allow other co-existing conditions to flourish, a study in wild animals has shown. Treating infection may have sting in the tail, parasite study shows

Current affairs make life hard for stickleback dads

14 Jun 2013
Male stickleback fish deserve extra praise this Father's Day, in light of findings by University of Leicester researchers. Current affairs make life hard for stickleback dads

New appointments to NERC Council

13 Jun 2013
David Willetts, Minister for Universities & Science, has announced three new appointments and the reappointment of two members to the Natural Environment Research Council. New appointments to NERC Council

NERC air quality research shown in parliament

10 Jun 2013
NERC showcased some of its urban air quality research at a Health & Wellbeing event held with sister research councils and the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology this week. NERC air quality research shown in parliament

Nomination and selection for SISB

3 Jun 2013
NERC is inviting applications to its key advisory board, the Science & Innovation Strategy Board (SISB). Nomination and selection for SISB

The closing date is 2 Jul 2013

Link to external site New Chair sought for NERC

29 May 2013
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is seeking a new Chair for NERC, to take on the role when the current Chair of Council, Mr Edmund Wallis, leaves the role at the end of 2013. New Chair sought for NERC

The closing date is 24 Jun 2013

Case studies of NERC-funded PhD students

21 May 2013
A new set of case studies shows that NERC-funded PhD studentships have a big impact on society, providing highly skilled people to work in industry, business, academia and the public sector. Case studies of NERC-funded PhD students

Link to external site New direction for algal bioenergy collaborations

17 May 2013
NERC and TSB launch the algal bioenergy roadmap in June with speakers from industry, academia and the public sector, plus the first SPARK awards, £5k grants to encourage researcher/SME collaborations. New direction for algal bioenergy collaborations

Link to external site Applying marine renewables expertise

17 May 2013
NERC's marine renewables knowledge exchange experts will be at the All-Energy event in Aberdeen on 22-23 May, meeting potential business and policy partners across the sustainable technology sectors. Free to register. Applying marine renewables expertise

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

16 May 2013
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. Billion-year-old water could hold clues to life on Earth and Mars

New Director of Science for NERC

15 May 2013
Professor Iain Gillespie has been appointed as the new Director of Science for NERC. New Director of Science for NERC

Link to external site Joseph Charles Farman CBE

13 May 2013
NERC is saddened by the death of the scientist Joseph Farman CBE who, with colleagues, discovered the hole in the ozone layer. Joseph Charles Farman CBE

Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

10 May 2013
Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered. Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Link to external site NERC Executive Board - Non-executive Director vacancy

7 May 2013
NERC is currently seeking at least one independent, part-time, Non-executive Director with experience of managing at a board level in a large, complex organisation in the public or private sector. NERC Executive Board - Non-executive Director vacancy

The closing date is 14 Jun 2013

Link to external site Business opportunities at RCUK Water Showcase

2 May 2013
Huge opportunities for UK economic growth were highlighted at the UK Water Research & Innovation Partnership showcase, attended by more than 120 academic and business delegates. Business opportunities at RCUK Water Showcase

Link to external site NOC hosts Europe's biggest marine technology showcase

22 Apr 2013
Earlier this month NERC's National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, hosted Ocean Business - Europe's biggest showcase for marine technology, knowledge exchange, training and careers. NOC hosts Europe's biggest marine technology showcase

Dr Katharine Giles

10 Apr 2013
NERC is saddened by the death of a highly respected scientist and colleague. Dr Katharine Giles

Revised Science into policy booklet published

21 Mar 2013
NERC has updated its Science into policy: taking part in the process publication. It helps scientists recognise the relevance of research to policy, identify opportunities to influence policy, and communicate science accessibly. Revised Science into policy booklet published

New Director for the British Antarctic Survey

21 Mar 2013
Professor Jane Francis has been appointed as the new Director of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). New Director for the British Antarctic Survey

Plans to strengthen UK-Indian collaboration in Earth sciences and environmental research

1 Mar 2013
NERC and the Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Republic of India have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate international cooperation and coordination. Plans to strengthen UK-Indian collaboration in Earth sciences and environmental research

CryoSat-2 mission reveals major Arctic sea-ice loss

13 Feb 2013
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. CryoSat-2 mission reveals major Arctic sea-ice loss

UK and USA collaborate in airborne climate science projects

25 Jan 2013
In the first scientific collaboration of its kind, NERC and NASA scientists are using a robotic aircraft to gather high altitude atmospheric data. UK and USA collaborate in airborne climate science projects

New capital investments for NERC

24 Jan 2013
Science Minister David Willetts today gave details of funding for capital investment in science and technology that will benefit the NERC community. New capital investments for NERC

NERC Impact Report 2012 published

24 Jan 2013
This report showcases the excellent research that NERC funds and the important role NERC plays in developing a healthy society and economic growth for the UK. NERC Impact Report 2012 published

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

22 Jan 2013
A new report highlights the importance of soil science in overcoming food and fuel crop shortages. Innovations in soil science will grow the solutions to global food security

Changes to the management of NERC services and facilities

22 Jan 2013
The NERC Executive Board (NEB) has decided to transfer the management of some of the Swindon Office managed NERC services and facilities to the NERC centres. Changes to the management of NERC services and facilities

New members appointed to the Science & Innovation Strategy Board

17 Jan 2013
NERC is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Elizabeth Baggs, Professor Paul Bates, Professor Simon Redfern and Professor William Sutherland to the Science & Innovation Strategy Board. New members appointed to the Science & Innovation Strategy Board

Link to external site NERC seeks a new Director of Science

15 Jan 2013
NERC is seeking to appoint a new Director of Science, based in Swindon. Full details are available on the Director of Science website. NERC seeks a new Director of Science

The closing date is 21 Feb 2013

New Year Honours

8 Jan 2013
NERC congratulates colleagues honoured for their outstanding services to science. New Year Honours

Change to NERC aircraft management

4 Jan 2013
In response to the findings of a review of NERC aircraft capability, the NERC executive has decided to create an integrated fleet of aircraft for NERC research, survey and polar logistics, combining the airborne capabilities of ARSF and BAS. Change to NERC aircraft management

Professor Seymour Laxon

4 Jan 2013
NERC is saddened by the death of a highly respected scientist and colleague. Professor Seymour Laxon

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