Priestley International Centre for Climate

Delivering research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions

Issue 3

June 2016

The Priestley Centre has launched!
We would like to thank everybody who attended the launch of the Priestley Centre on Tuesday 14 June. You can read and watch highlights of the launch on our website. 

The launch of the Priestley Centre and the public Climate Question Time event in the evening saw #climateleeds trending on social media locally.

The buzz has been captured on this Storify of the day’s events. Climate Question Time was also recorded on our live blog. You can now watch the debate online.  

Stay up to date by following us @PriestleyCentre – and use #climateleeds to keep the conversation going!

First Piers Sellers Prizes awarded

The first winners of the Piers Sellers Prizes for outstanding research in climate science have been announced and were awarded at the offocial launch of the Priestley Centre. 

The first winner of the Piers Sellers Prize for ‘Exceptional PhD Research’ is Kate Scott from the University’s School of Earth and Environment. 

I’m excited to be the first winner of the Piers Sellers prize for a PhD student and I’m very proud to have been nominated by my supervisors,” she said.

The Piers Sellers Prize for ‘World leading contribution to solution-focused climate research’ is awarded to Dr Joeri Rogelj, a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.

It’s an honour to be selected for this Prize and a very big motivation for me to know that people appreciate my work and that it has an impact on society in finding solutions to climate change,” said Dr Rogelj.

Read more about the winners.

Funding Opportunities
NERC and National Natural Science Foundation China: Biosphere Evolution, Transitions and Resilience
Max value: £1.5m            Max duration: 4 years                    Deadline: 27th July
NERC Soil Security – small grants
Max value: £150 – 250k Max duration: 24 months             Deadline: 9th Aug

Global Challenges Research Fund calls
ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative highlight notice
Max value: £200k             Duration: 18 months       Deadline: 15th July
ESRC GCRF Strategic Networks
Max value: £75 – 150k    Duration: 12 – 18 months             Deadline: 2nd Aug
ESRC Centres Competition: Foundations of Inclusive Growth
Max value: £5m                                Duration: 5 years              Deadline: 6th Sept
NERC, AHRC, ESRC Building Resilience
Max value: £200k             Duration: 3 – 12 months                Deadline: 6th September

For queries contact Shona Smith (Priestley Centre, Research & Innovation Development Officer)
Upcoming Events

Ideas in Practice

Date: Monday 4 July 2016
Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm
Venue: Radisson Blu, The Light, Leeds, LS1 8TL
Topic: Cities, Climate and Extreme Weather: policy, economics and public communication 
Organised by: Leeds University Business School in partnership with the Cities Theme and Centre for Decision Research
Register here.
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