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.
Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2017 - SAVE THE DATE!
18 & 19 October 2017, John McIntyre Centre, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY.
This free conference will provide a national forum for sharing knowledge and research about valuing nature. The overarching themes of the Valuing Nature Annual conference are:
University of Exeter research linking ecological, socioeconomic and health data to deepen our understanding of relationships between nature, health and wellbeing
The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has published "a practical guide aimed at anyone who wants to use natural capital approaches in making decisions about the natural environment. It is intended to support decision-makers, including planners, communities and landowners, but has particular relevance for place-based decisions."
The NERC-funded Valuing Nature Placement Scheme welcomes the successful award winners and their hosts to the launch event on the 5 April in London. The eight placements cover a broad range of topics within the remit of the Valuing Nature Programme. The placements support the Programme aim of building an interdisciplinary research community capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences, and the arts and humanities; linking researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners.
The Valuing Nature Programme ran a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.
Presentations from business speakers and all the 25 early career researchers at the Valuing Nature Business Impact School are now available.
Full details available HERE
BBSRC is launching a call for applications to understand how agricultural pests and diseases become resistant to the agents currently used to control them.
The problem of resistance to antibiotics is well documented. Recently, doctors in the US were unable to save the life of a woman who had an infection caused by a bacterium which was resistant to all available antibiotics. The future has the potential to become a ‘post-antibiotic era’ unless new drugs are developed or ways are found to overcome resistance in bacteria.
A Special Issue on ‘Shared, Plural and Cultural Values’ has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Ecosystem Services, bringing together 15 publications presenting cutting edge theory and methodology building on work in VNN, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and it’s follow on. The issue is currently freely accessible, and was edited by Dr Jasper Kenter (Scottish Association for Marine Science).
The new National Trust research strategy has been published. It includes exploring new opportunities with UK Research Councils and interest in areas relevant to the Valuing Nature Programme, such as increasing understanding of the best ways to measure the value of local heritage and parks, including natural capital.
You can read the full strategy document here.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are currently planning a large-scale funding call, through which they will make an ambitious investment (of up to £1·3m over 3 years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science.