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British Ecological Society (BES) Policy Fellowship

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.


NERC Innovation Placements Call 2017

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. 


Enhancing wellbeing: Can engaging with nature in the school grounds improve children’s attention and mood?

This year I have been lucky enough to receive a Valuing Nature placement to investigate how engaging with the environment in school grounds improves wellbeing of children. Since starting my PhD at the Royal Holloway in 2000, I have been working on conservation status beetle species, starting with the stag beetle. A big part of this work has been carrying out citizen science monitoring projects, helped by members of the public. 


Social and Cultural Values of Urban Nature in Walworth, South London: An Introduction

Copyright - Social Life

This blog was first published on 10 April 2017 at Social Life

In mid-March, Dr Stephen McConnachie joined Social Life on a four-month placement funded by the Valuing Nature Programme. On April 5th, Social Life co-founder, Nicola Bacon, joined Stephen at the launch event for the placement programme. In the first of a series of posts, Stephen explains more about what he’s doing while he is with Social Life.


Natural Capital Committee publication - How to do it: a natural capital workbook

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."


New Valuing Nature Placements 2017

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.


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