Funding Opportunity: Newton Colombia call

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) jointly with the Colombian Administrative Department of Science Technology and Innovation – Colciencias expect to issue a joint call for research proposals in Spring 2017. In preparation for the call, NERC and AHRC are inviting expressions of interest for eligible UK researchers to attend a two-day workshop on 22-23 February 2017 in Colombia to explore UK-Colombian opportunities for collaboration.

Valuing Nature Business Impact School 7-9 March 2017 - apply now!

The second Valuing Nature Business Impact School will be held in London from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 March 2017.  The School aims to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.

NERC has provided funding to offer fully-funded places (school, travel, accommodation, meals, field trip) for around 25 early stage researchers. 

Now available: presentations from the Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2016

The first Valuing Nature Annual Conference was held in Manchester on 18 October 2016. This national event was attended by 170 people and provided the opportunity for researchers, practitioners, business and policy makers to share knowledge and research. The conference included presentations, interactive sessions, posters and networking opportunities.  The topics covered included:

POSTNOTE: Green Spaces & Health

POSTNOTES are produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and are intended to be independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.  

The recent POSTNOTE summarising the evidence for health benefits from contact with nature is available here


Green spaces worth £2.2bn to public health in England

The BBC reports on a new study which reveals outdoor exercise delivers an estimated £2.2bn of health benefits to adults in England each year, 

Scientists calculated that more than eight million people each week took at least 30 minutes of "green exercise".

They hope the results highlight how encouraging more people to use parks will help reverse the trend of rising obesity levels across the UK.

The findings have been presented in the journal Preventative Medicine.