SWEEP scientist selected to join NERC Advisory Network

Dr Sian Rees from the University of Plymouth has been selected to join a new initiative designed to enhance the expertise available to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Dr Rees is among 60 members appointed to the new NERC Advisory Network, which will help provide strategic or policy advice on nationally and globally important environmental issues.

The network will comprise members from academia, business, the policy community and the third sector, and aims to provide a retained, agile and flexible pool of expertise. It will also enable NERC to promote links with industry and other stakeholders to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century.Dr Rees, Impact Fellow on a number of SWEEP Projects, and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, has more than 15 years’ experience of researching the social and economic aspects of marine conservation, marine management and policy.She has successfully led and delivered research projects for the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, the European Union and Defra, and is currently involved in the NERC-funded One Ocean Hub and South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity. She said:

“Through my research, I am motivated to enable environmental science to link more strongly to human wellbeing and economic prosperity. By becoming part of this network, I hope to play a part in furthering the UK’s commitment to excellent research and addressing the multidisciplinary challenges impacting the planet and driving environmental change.”

Read more about Dr Sian Rees and her work

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Article first published by the University of Plymouth.

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