The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is investing more than £100m in PhD training in the second round of its Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) programme. Enabling SCENARIO, the DTP programme led by the University of Reading, alongside six other partners – including the Institute of Zoology in London for the first time – to continue supporting 12 postgraduate research projects every year.
The Walker Institute currently works closely with NERC and SCENARIO on a number of projects, including COP Climate Action Studio (COP CAS), which is a dedicated space for doctoral students to remotely experience the annual UNFCCC Conference Of Parties. COP CAS provides support from a communications professional, giving participants exposure to the latest ideas in policy and practice, and developing key skills around interdisciplinary working and communications. It is funded by SCENARIO DTP and run out of the Walker Institute.
Professor John Methven, SCENARIO lead at the University of Reading, said: “This welcome funding comes as our first students successfully complete the SCENARIO DTP programme, all of which have walked into jobs in the environment sector.
“Together with our partner organisations, we can now offer five more years of support for research into cutting edge science, including pioneering work utilising artificial intelligence and the brand new area of wildlife conservation.”
SCENARIO comprises seven host partners at which the students will be based: University of Reading, University of Surrey, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, National Centre for Earth Observation, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and the Institute of Zoology (IoZ).
More information on Phase 2 of SCENARIO can be found at http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/nercdtp/home/