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Sign Up to Keynote Lecture! An optimist’s guide to managing ecosystem services

Wednesday, 6th September 2017 - 17:30 to 20:30

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture will be given by Tom Oliver, Associate Professor in Landscape Ecology at the University of Reading. This 45 minute lecture will be followed by a panel discussion between Georgina Mace, Michael Winter, Charles Godfray and Rob Fish. 

Lecture Title: An optimist’s guide to managing ecosystem services


2017 Industrial Fellowships

In response to the Industrial Strategy, Research Councils UK (RCUK) (UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)) has developed a fellowship programme to be supported through the National Productivity Investment Fund. Targeted at early career researchers (ECRs), RCUK / UKRI Industrial Innovation Fellowships will be a step change in the support provided by the research councils to the research leaders of the future, enabling some of the UK's most talented researchers to undertake major new innovation oriented and intellectual endeavours.


SARIC Third Call: £1.5m available from BBSRC and NERC to support sustainable agriculture

BBSRC and NERC invite applications to participate in an interactive strategic workshop (sandpit) to develop proposals for research and research translation projects. Successful projects will bring together multidisciplinary teams to address challenges facing the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the UK.


Latest news from the ONS-Defra Natural Capital project: New ecosystem accounts for freshwater, farmland & woodland.

UK Natural Capital – Ecosystem accounts for Freshwater, Farmland and Woodland – were released on the 25 July 2017 which includes 3 of the 8 broad habitat accounts which have been developed as part of a Defra/ONS joint project.  These were previously published separately.

The article covers the total UK estimates for the UK including these main points:


Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and National Commission for Scientific Research and Technology(CONICYT) are to inviting applications to the Newton RCUK-CONICYT Broadening Impact Call 2017.

This initiative will provide funding for internationally competitive, transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects between UK, Chilean and other Latin American DAC list country researchers which contribute to the economic development and welfare of developing countries in Latin America.


New Shmapped app will map experiences of city living in Sheffield

The Valuing Nature IWUN (Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature) project has released a new app for users to map the good things in Sheffield.  This will help the IWUN project understand how different aspects of urban living affect wellbeing.

Users are asked to share the good things about natural and built space once a day for a month.  The first 1000 people to complete the challenge will be entered into a prize draw to win a voucher from £25 to £500. 


Global Challenge Research Fund - Interdisciplinary Research Hub Call

The second Collective Fund call for Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries is now live, with a closing date for outline applications of 9th November 2017.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a 5-year £1.5Bn fund and a key component in the delivery of the UK Aid Strategy: tackling global challenges in the national interest. The fund aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries through:


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