Research Experience Placements

The call for student applications for Research Experience Placements in 2021 is now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications

NERC recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science and that there are demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences. The Research Experience Placement (REP) scheme focuses on these quantitative skills gaps and underrepresentation by offering funding to support paid summer placements for undergraduate students, during which the selected students will carry out research projects within the scope of the environmental sciences. The REP scheme runs annually, with SSCP DTP usually advertising placements in April-May.
Further details on the scheme can be found on the NERC website.

Below the 3 projects which had been advertised this year.

A new generation of physically-based models for predicting iceberg calving and sea-level rise

Project Description: View new generation of models for predicting iceberg calving & sea-level rise (pdf)
Supervisor: Dr Emilio Martinez_Paneda
Department/Institution: Civil and Environmental Engineering/Imperial College London

Automated High Throughput System for Heavy Metal Pollution Monitoring

Project description: View the System for Heavy Metal Pollution Monitoring project (pdf)‌
Supervisor: Professor David Payne
Department/Institution: Materials/Imperial College London

Improving abundance estimation methods to support control of bovine tuberculosis in wildlife

Project description: ‌View the estimation methods to support control of bovine tuberculosis project (pdf)
Supervisor: Dr Marcus Rowcliffe
Department/Institution: ZSL Institute of Zoology/Imperial College School of Public Health


Previous Projects

These are some of the projects students worked on in previous years:

Project TitleDepartment/Organisation
Machine learning analysis of micro-scale industrial energy systems Center for Environmental Policy
Phytophthora communities in UK nurseries: understanding the role of traits, biotic interactions and nursery management in pathogen invasions UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Investigating shoreline changes using freely available archives of satellite image data Earth Science and Engineering
Do habitat and distributional traits predict which European mosquito species vector important viruses? UK Centre for Ecoloyg and Hydrology
 EcoBuilder: an ecosystem dynamics game  Life Sciences
 Tackling xenobiotic reistance in agriculture: implications for carbon emissions Institute of Zoology
 Risk analysis of nanomaterials in the environment  Materials
 Machine learning analysis of energy storage data Dyson School of Design
 Is the geomagnetic field dipolar at high-latitudes Earth Sciene & Engineering
 Low-cost wireless sensor networks for river flow monitoring  Civil & Environmental Engineering
 Techno-economic analysis of biorefineries fuelled by sugar beet pulp  Chemical Engineering
 Where are the missing grasses?  Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
 Developing a Bayesian framework for modelling repetitive element evolution  Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
 Biogas conversion in oxygen separation membranes  Earth Science & Engineering
Plate reconstructions in the South Atlantic  Earth Science & Engineering
Probabilistic assessment of tsunami hazard to the UK  Earth Science & Engineering
Uncertainty quantification and parameter estimation in environmental fluid dynamics  Earth Science & Engineering
An investigation of the characteristics of visits to National Trails  Natural England