The NCI is a partnership between the Royal Society of Biology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the British Ecological Society and the James Hutton Institute. The NCI Secretariat, comprising representatives from the partners, is guided by a Steering Group of experts in environmental science, health and economics.

Royal Society of Biology

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The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) is a single unified voice for biology. The Society aims to represent all who are committed to biology in academia, industry, education and research; to facilitate the promotion and translation of advances in biological science for national and international benefit, and to engage and encourage public interest in the life sciences. With an effective membership of over 80,000, RSB is uniquely placed to represent the wider bioscience community and serve the public interest. RSB is committed to ensuring that we provide Government and other policy makers – including funders of biological education and research – with a distinct point of access to authoritative, independent, and evidence-based opinion, representative of the widest range of bioscience disciplines. RSB provides support to teachers and second level students and publish The Biologist and Journal of Biological Education. Under our Royal Charter the Society is charged to represent UK biologists and biology as a whole. RSB is a registered charity.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is the UK’s Centre for Excellence for integrated research in land and freshwater ecosystems. As such, the Centre addresses some of the world’s most fundamental and complex environmental challenges through working in close partnership with the wider scientific community, government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector. The Centre’s unique combination of wide-ranging scientific expertise, long-term environmental monitoring and state-of-the-art research infrastructure enables us to deliver practical solutions for achieving environmental sustainability.There are 340 scientists and 110 support staff working across five sites around the UK and 160 active field sites. The CEH Director chairs the Partnership for European Environmental Research, which is made up of the seven biggest environmental research centres in Europe and plays a key role in advising the European Union. CEH is independent from governments and businesses, with the majority of funding coming from the Natural Environmental Research Council.

British Ecological Society

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The British Ecological Society (BES) is a learned society and a registered charity. Established in 1913 by academics to promote and foster the study of ecology in its widest sense, the Society currently has around 4,000 members spread around the world. The core activities are the publication of results of research in ecology, the development of scientific meetings and the promotion of ecological awareness through the education at all levels. The Society serves as an important link between policymakers, the media and the ecological community. Independently and with affiliated organisations, the Society works to inform policymakers and the journalists in order to promote ecological science and its use. The Society’s aim is to advance ecology and to make it count.

The James Hutton Institute

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The James Hutton Institute (JHI) is a brand new international research centre based in Scotland. Established in April 2011, the JHI is now Scotlands largest environmental research organisation with a vision to become a world leader in research and engagement to deliver evidence-based solutions to the global challenges facing land and natural resource use both now and in the future. The institute has approximately 700 staff with a highly interdisciplinary mix of expertise, based primarily and two main offices in Aberdeen and Dundee. In recognition of current trends towards integrated and value based environmental management, the Institute has established ‘Safeguarding Natural Capital’ as one of its seven Research Themes. This combines skills in molecular, ecological, environmental, social and computational sciences to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and tools that can be used to support effective decision-making and sustainable management of natural capital.