About

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funds several Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) throughout the United Kingdom. These DTPs fund research within the NERC remit and provide graduates with the professional and transferable skills required to translate this research into industry and policy.

This year's Conference is organised by three DTPs and one Studentship Cohort, comprised of a number of participating institutions, associate partners, and organisations:


  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Brunel University London
  • Zoological Society of London
  • Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
  • King's College London
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • The Natural History Museum
  • University College London

Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) DTP

Based out of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, this DTP has six core partners:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • The British Geological Survey
  • The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • The Met Office
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Zoological Society of London

  • University of Surrey
  • University of Reading
  • British Geological Survey
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • National Centre for Earth Observation

Science for humanitarian emergencies & resilience (SHEAR) studentship cohort

SSC is an international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with studentships across these institutions:

  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • The British Geological Survey
  • The Met Office
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sussex
  • Wageningen University

The three DTPs focus on different areas within NERC’s remit, and took in their first set of students in October 2014, with additional cohorts taken in annually thereafter. The SHEAR Studentship Cohort focuses on four thematic areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making. The programme is targeting lower to middle income countries across sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Students from these DTPs and SSC will be presenting their PhD research at the Conference, in the form of oral and poster presentations. 

This is the third joint DTP Conference, and builds on the success of previous years: