A new POSTbrief from the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) provides an overview of the ecosystem service contributions of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure and the challenges for improving their provision - complementing POSTnote 538 on Green Space and Health
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.
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:
This is the third round of the Valuing Nature Placement Scheme - a chance for researchers to spend up to four months developing their expertise in a new Valuing Nature discipline or applied context - full details of the scheme and how to apply are here. Find out more about previous rounds here.
The British Ecological Society are currently advertising their first BES Policy Fellowship. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience working on a 6-month placement with Defra’s Environment Analysis Unit.
2017 BES Policy Fellowship
Applications are now open for the 2017 BES Policy Fellowship, offering a mid-career ecologist the chance to spend up to six months on a placement embedded within Defra’s Environment Analysis Unit, applying their scientific expertise to a practical policy challenge.
The British Ecological Society (BES) has produced their first Policy Guide, written by BES members Rory O’Connor, Beccy Wilebore and Miriam Grace. It provides an introduction to the policymaking process, focusing on the UK Government and Parliament, how policies are developed and the difference between policy and legislation.
Link to BES Policy Guides
We are pleased to announce that the second Valuing Nature Annual Conference will be held in Edinburgh on the 18 & 19 October 2017.
This conference brings together people from diverse research areas and from business, policy and practice – all with the common goal of tackling Valuing Nature challenges. Come and contribute to the debate, learn about latest research, and help build the future agenda for Valuing Nature and its application in the UK and internationally.
NERC’s Innovation Placements call (previously Innovation Internships) is inviting researchers to apply for six to 12 month placements based in business, policy and civil organisations. The researcher will be expected to spend between 80% and 100% of their time in their host organisation’s premises, demonstrating how their partner can best make use of scientific knowledge and outputs, leading to longer term, self-sustaining activities for the host.