NERC, BBSRC, and AHRC 3 Month Policy Internships

These internships provide an opportunity to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.

NERC, in collaboration with the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), organise internship placements for current NERC, BBSRC and AHRC funded PhD students to work in one of eight host organisations on a policy topic relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event. Internships are awarded to both parliamentary and non-parliamentary organisations. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at the following link –

NERC, BBSRC and AHRC-funded PhD students who are interested in the scheme should apply by the deadline of 16:00 on 18 August 2014.

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.