NCI partner organisations

The NCI is a partnership between the Royal Society of Biology, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 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.


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 a membership of over 18,000, 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.

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The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is the UK’s centre for excellence for integrated research in land and freshwater ecosystems. It 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 500 scientists and over 100 support staff working across five sites around the UK and 160 active field sites. In December 2019, the Centre launched as a not-for-profit company with charitable status, independent of the UKRI and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


The James Hutton Institute (JHI) is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources. It is Scotland’s 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 more than 500 staff based in Aberdeen and Dundee with a highly interdisciplinary mix of expertise. 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.