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Supporting science: £100 million for the next generation


PML are once again involved in an £100 million investment by NERC into the continuing support of environmental science through PhD training.

The Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs), underpin the UK's world-leading profile within the environmental science community and bring together universities, research organisations and partners from a wide range of backgrounds, including charities, non-governmental organisations, government bodies and industry leaders.

DTPs will equip the scientists of tomorrow by providing the scientific, professional and technical skills that increase the UK's scientific capability to solve environmental problems. Together, DTPs will train the highly skilled workforce that the UK needs for its future as a leader in cutting edge research, innovation and sustainable economic growth.

PML are part of two DTPs. GW4+, in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, and institutions the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), British Geological Survey (BGS), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), and the Natural History Museum. And ARIES, a newly-formed DTP in collaboration with the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Plymouth and Royal Holloway London, alongside institutions the Marine Biological Association (MBA), BGS, CEH, Zoological Society London (ZSL), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Earlham Institute, and the John Innes Centre.

PML’s expertise in marine science will again play a key role, with new studentship opportunities exploring the interactions between microplastics and trace gases; modelling the responses of Antarctic zooplankton to climate change; eavesdropping on marine bacterial conversations; modelling the transmission of waterborne diseases; detecting harmful algal blooms using Earth observation and ocean colour; studying emergent complexity in ecosystem models; and investigating if the ocean is ‘short of breath’ due to global warming.

Professor Icarus Allen, Director of Science at PML, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the GW4+ and ARIES DTPs and we look forward to working with our university partners to build on PML’s track record in educating and training the next generation of marine environmental researchers. Their work and contributions will be invaluable in helping to understand and tackle the challenges the oceans face.”

Professor Tim Wheeler, Director of Research & Innovation at NERC, said: “This investment will provide bedrock for the environmental science community, fostering the next generation of highly skilled professionals that bring together specialist knowledge from academia, industry and beyond.” 

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