The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has been highlighted as a leading UK institute for ecological research in a report launched last week by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.
According to the report, which shows the UK to be a world leader in science and research, CEH staff published 16% of the ecology articles from UK institutions and gathered 18% of UK citations in a five year period from 2006 - 2010. CEH is one of the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) research centres.
The 'International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2011' report was compiled by Elsevier and published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It shows that UK research attracts more citations per pound spent in overall research and development than any other country. It also found that the UK research base is highly mobile, internationally competitive and diverse.
Professor Mark Bailey, Director of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, welcomed the report. “This report shows the strength of the UK environmental science base. The UK's scientists create 25% of the ecology articles published worldwide and CEH scientists play a vital role in ensuring that British researchers are at the forefront of international research," he said.
The report indicates that the UK has been consistently in the top position for environmental sciences over the five years from 2006 - 2010. It refers to the work of NERC-funded researchers in universities as well as those at CEH, highlighting that the NERC research community has played a significant role in the UK's success as a global leader for science and research.
The 2011 report on the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base is the first of a new biennial enquiry into the international standing of UK research. It is a more comprehensive annual review of research performance than previously produced.
David Willetts discussed the report during his Gareth Roberts Science Policy Lecture on October 19 2011.
Related CEH links
Details of Centre for Ecology & Hydrology science publications, including those published in peer-reviewed science journals, are catalogued on the NERC Open Research Archive (NORA).