SCENARIO NERC DTP 2017 Conference with NERC DTPs in London

Frontiers in Natural Environment Research

Date: 24th & 25th August 2017
Venue: Imperial College London, South Kensington
Contact: Claire Morris (

This year our conference will be student-led and bring together SCENARIO PhD students, academic supervisors and partners from industry and the public sector with the SSCP NERC DTP at Imperial College London and the London NERC DTP. Frontiers in Natural Environment Research will showcase the world-leading work being conducted in each of the DTPs.

Key themes of the conference are communication and multidiscipliary research, with PhD students presenting work on topics as diverse as ecology and biology, natural hazards, materials science, renewable energy and the fundamental physics of the atmosphere and climate. In addition to student presentations, workshops and keynote speakers will be arranged around these two themes.

Please visit the dedicated conference website for the programme featuring oral and poster sessions, keynote speakers, workshops and two panel discussions on "Science in a Post-truth World" and "Science for Development".

The exciting evening programme features an icebreaker reception with BBQ on the Thursday night and on Friday night The Science Showoff is a “chaotic open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.” This even will be run as part of the conference and feature students from our DTPs.

Showcase finale of the Innovating for Sustainable Development programme

Date: 16th March 2017
Venue: White City, London
Contact: Vicky Lucas (

Meet the teams who have created some of the most exciting British Cleantech start-ups and teams of PhD students who have been developing innovative solutions to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Join us inside Imperial College London's exciting new Innovation and Translation Hub (I-HUB).
Click for our report on the event and to see what the teams came up with.

This event celebrates two important milestones:
1. The conclusion of the new Innovating for Sustainable Development programme run jointly by the SCENARIO DTP (University of Reading) and SSCP DTP (Imperial College London).
2. Start-ups from the Climate-KIC Accelerator, run by Imperial's Centre for Cleantech Innovation, breaking the $100 million investment barrier.
The programme uses the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to explore and come up with solutions to global environmental challenges. The programme is made up of two residential courses, three day-long workshops and this celebratory showcase event.

SCENARIO NERC DTP 2016 Conference with the University of Oklahoma

Date: 13th & 14th June 2016
Venue: University of Reading
Contact: Debbie Turner (

The conference will bring together colleagues from the University of Oklahoma, PhD students from Reading and Surrey and their supervisors, and new SCENARIO students who will be starting in September 2016. The conference will also be open to academic and research staff at Reading and Surrey, as well as our industry and public sector partners, with an aim to foster collaborations.

The themes for the conference will focus particularly on areas of overlap with Oklahoma: natural hazards including severe weather and ensemble prediction; earth observation (biosphere, atmosphere and oceans); rainfall monitoring (worldwide) and projected changes in rainfall and flooding.

FINAL PROGRAMME FOR CONFERENCE. The conference speaker sessions are divided into 5 science theme areas (detailed here). Further details on the poster titles and speaker schedule will follow shortly.

The conference will take place in the Madjeski Lecture Theatre of the Agriculture building (59 on the campus map).

The conference will also include a 3 course dinner on 14th June 2016. The venue is the Meadow Suite which has an attractive decking area looking towards Whiteknights Lake. For all guests visiting from Oklahoma and the SCENARIO-funded students your costs are being covered (by the conference). All other conference participants wishing to attend the dinner need to register (deadline 3rd June) through the CONFERENCE DINNER REGISTRATION PAGE. The dinner costs N#38 including a three course meal and wine (please pay via the link above).

If you have not already done so, to register for the conference (this is separate from the dinner registration), please follow this Event Brite link. This is important for catering during the breaks and lunch (free to all people registered) and also to generate name badges.

Earth Observation and Satellite Applications Workshop

Date: 16th May 2016
Venue: University of Surrey
Contact: Jill Hazleton (

The SCENARIO NERC DTP are holding a research workshop on earth observation and satellite applications. Themes will include remote sensing of the atmosphere, ocean, and climate applications; and monitoring the land surface. A programme can be found here.

This free workshop is open to all PhD students and academics from the University of Reading, University of Surrey, and SCENARIO partner institutions. The workshop will take place in the LT building of the University of Surrey Stag Hill Campus (a map of the campus can be found here).

For catering purposes, please register for the event here.

Translating research into policy and practice

Date: 4th May 2016
Venue: University of Reading
Contact: Jill Hazleton (

The SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership and the Walker Institute are hosting an event aimed at academics and Early Career Researchers. The afternoon will look at translating research into policy and practice, addressing questions such as:

How can our research feed into the development of policy? How do we translate research into policy and practice? How do decision-makers take decisions that are evidence based? Who do we make contact with?

The afternoon will feature several speakers including Dr David Warrilow who was until this year the Head of Climate Science and International Evidence in DECC, and some of our own colleagues who have worked within government departments.

The event will take place on Wednesday 4th May, 14:00 - 16:00 in the G74 lecture theatre of the Lyle building (building number 32 on the campus map).

Please register for this free event here.

The programme is available here.

SCENARIO NERC DTP First Conference

Date: 9th June 2015
Time: 10:30 - 21:00
Venue: University of Surrey
Contact: Jill Hazleton (

Our annual conference will bring together NERC PhD students from Reading and Surrey and their supervisors, including the first SCENARIO cohort and the students who will be starting in September 2015. The conference will also be open to the pool of potential supervisors within the SCENARIO DTP, including those from our industry and public sector partners, as well as staff at Reading and Surrey.

The day will explore the three themes; with sessions from three key note speakers, followed by further exploration of these areas during workshops in the afternoon:

1) Fine-scale simulation (e.g. Convection-resolving forecasts, urban environments, catchment scale forecasting)
2) Components of the Earth system
3) Remote sensing and satellite applications for environmental science

A full programme of the day can be found here.

To register for the event, please do so via this link.

Walker Institute Annual Lecture 2015: The Paris Climate Summit - hopes and expectations

Date: 10 June 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR, London

In the lecture Sir David will share his experiences of leading UK efforts abroad to secure an ambitious deal at the crucial UN climate summit in Paris this December.

To register for the event, please do so via this link.

Responding to Environmental Change

Meeting details
A networking event bringing together emerging environmental scientists (PhD students and early career researchers) with leaders from business, policy and academia to explore three key societal challenge themes, their implications for business and policy makers and ways in which they might be addressed through collaboration.

Date: 19 March 2015
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Venue: 30 Euston Sqaure, London, NW1 2FB
Contact: Jill Hazleton (

Register here
Event programme download
Read meeting reports on the challenges discussed here

Ideation Workshop - Environmental Risk Management and Infrastructure

Meeting details
A 3-day Workshop for NERC PhD students and Early Career Researchers to work with 5 leaders from business and policy to explore the entrepreneurial opportunities in environmental research. Business coaches will help teams develop ideas into actions, create a business plan and pitch a new product or service to a panel on the final day.

Date: 30 March - 01 April 2015
Venue: Wokefield Park, near Reading
Contact: Jill Hazleton (

Read a report of the workshop here