NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses for 2013/2014

NERC is pleased to announce that the new e-brochure for the Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses 2013/2014 is now available to download from our website: This includes full details of the courses and information on how to apply.

The courses are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in environmental sciences. They cover a wide range of topics including statistics, modelling, bioinformatics, taxonomy and fieldwork techniques.

Funded places are available and will be allocated to NERC-funded PhD students and early career researchers as a priority. However, if sufficient places are available, other individuals may be eligible to attend.

Understanding Uncertainty in Environmental Modelling


Workshop for early-career researchers (PhD students, postdocs) in environmental modelling and simulation disciplines.

This workshop presents an overview of key stages in the modelling process: development, evaluation, practical use, and communication of results. Interactive discussion sessions and exercises will help participants explore concepts presented in the lectures and relate these to their own research. Themes include:

• Evaluating model performance;
• Statistical inference from ensembles of models;
• Why good statistics is not enough;
• What do decision-­‐makers want? What can environmental modellers provide?
• Effective dissemination of uncertain forecasts.

Speakers include: Leonard Smith, David Stainforth, Emma Suckling, Erica Thompson, Elizabeth Stephens (Reading), Lindsay Lee (Leeds).

See website for further details and to apply for a place:

Deadline for applications: November 15th 2013

This workshop is part of the NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Programme. NERC-­funded applicants will be given priority, but the workshop is open (and free) to all.

Representing Uncertainty Workshop, Tuesday 2 July 2013, 5.00 – 9.00 PM

Tipping Point in partnership with the King’s Cultural Institute, is holding a series of workshops bringing together academics from across King’s College London with artists and other interested parties in the wider community. The aim is to explore urgent issues or challenges which have a bearing on climate change, and are of particular interest to academics, artists, and the broader public.

We are delighted to announce that the first of these workshops, “Representing Uncertainty”, will take place on Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 5.00 to 9.00 PM, in the Pyramid Room (Department of Geography, K4U.04, King’s Building, 4th Floor) at the Strand campus of King’s College London. Click here for a map of the Strand Campus.

Bruce D. Malamud, Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards in the Department of Geography, will present his perspective on how the notion of uncertainty can be represented, followed by a response and presentation from a contemporary artist, and wider discussion. The aim is to bring together scientific, artistic and other views on uncertainty in the world around us, particularly in relation to the changing global climate, so that different approaches and viewpoints might influence and learn from each other. This will be a working session, with plenty of opportunity for interaction and group discussion. 

Drinks and nibbles will be served! Places are available, but limited, so please let Dr Dorian Hayes know ASAP if you would like to attend by emailing him (firstname.lastname AT

King’s Cultural Institute aims to create an effective bridge between King’s and the cultural and creative industries. You can find more information about events organised by them here.

Tipping Point organises a range of activities and events to find new ways of increasing the level of engagement of artists with climate change and environmental issues.