The Natural Environment Research Council are currently planning the second call under NERC's Public Engagement Strategy, through which they will make an ambitious, large-scale investment (of up to £1·3m over 3 years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with one or more contemporary issues of environmental science.
At the core of this flagship programme will be a co-production approach - external link to public engagement with environmental science research and researchers. This will challenge the status quo and will require collaboration on a national scale, across academic disciplines (including those outside NERC remit, such as the social sciences, arts and humanities) and partnerships with organisations and publics.
NERC are inviting applications to attend a community consultation event on 6 April 2017 in Manchester, the outputs of which will challenge NERC to be bold and ambitious, directly informing the call, which they plan to launch shortly after.
The closing date for applications to attend is 16:00 on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Invited participants will be notified by Friday 17 March 2017.