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.
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
- 10 May 2017
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.