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Valuing Nature Business Impact School 2017

Organised by
The Valuing Nature Programme
No fee for successful applicants
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The Valuing Nature Programme will run a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.

NERC has provided funding to offer fully-funded places (school, travel, accommodation, meals, field trip) for around 25 early stage researchers.

The deadline for submission of applications is 09:00 GMT on Thursday 19 January 2017.

This NERC-funded, 3-day VNP Business Impact School aims to develop a Valuing Nature research community with a broader understanding of how research on valuing nature can be translated in to private sector decision making and innovation. Speakers will be drawn from the VNP Business Interest Group and other relevant businesses and business initiatives at the forefront of innovation related to valuing nature. Speakers at the 2016 School included Nestle, Intelligent Health, Interserve, National Grid, Nestle, Satellite Communications Catapult, United Utilities, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aldersgate Group, Willis Towers Watson and representatives from Aldersgate Group, Natural Capital Coalition as well as the Chair of the VNP Business Interest Group and the PI and Business Champion of the VN Programme Coordination Team. The 2017 programme will include similar speakers and will offer plenty of opportunity to interact with speakers. There will also be a ‘hands-on’ session run by eftec and Natural England on understanding the business need for evidence and communicating with business.

Dates and venues

A welcome dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 6 March. The School days 1 and 2 will be hosted by Willis in the Board Room of the award-winning Norman Foster designed Willis Building in the City of London. Day 3 will involve a field visit (venue being finalized) to view relevant business innovation in practice. Successful applicants should plan to arrive in London on the late afternoon of Monday 6 March and depart London on the evening of