Department of Biology researchers success in the NERC impact awards

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced this year’s finalists of the 2023 Impact Awards and two Department of Biology scientists are on the finalist and commended list. 

The NERC Impact Awards shine a spotlight on the UK science at the heart of the responsible management of our planet. The awards celebrate NERC-funded scientists, whose work has had a big impact on the economy or society in the UK or internationally. The shortlisting and judging were undertaken by independent panels of academic, industry and government figures and public engagement professionals.

We are pleased to congratulate Dr Sophus zu Ermgassen, Department of Biology (early career entry) who has been shortlisted for his work on Shaping England’s new biodiversity net gain policy.

The panel said that Dr zu Ermgassen’s research has raised public awareness about England’s biodiversity net gain policy, a strategy to develop land and contribute to the recovery of nature. The research has played a crucial role in shaping its design and implementation. Evidence from the research has influenced policy changes, including £8 million in increased funding by the government to local authorities, helping to ensure the necessary measures are in place to improve environmental outcomes.

In addition, Dr Molly Grace, Department of Biology (early career entry) was specially commended in the shortlisting.

A novel assessment framework coordinated by Dr Molly Grace has transformed how species recovery is measured and is helping scientists to plan future efforts with the highest return on investment for wildlife.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum on 29 November 2023. The event will bring together leaders and decision-makers from business, government and academia to recognise the diverse talent that is shaping our future.

Many Congratulations to both Sophus and Molly and we look forward to further celebrating the contributions of Sophus at the final stage of the Impact Awards in November.

To read more about the NERC impact awards and to get a full list of finalists follow: NERC celebrates the finalists of the 2023 Impact Awards – UKRI