A major international science event took place in Edinburgh this week, bringing together scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss the role of nitrogen in global change.

The event began with the launch of the European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA), accompanied by a keynote address from Professor Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Department to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The science conference included presentations of results from several major European Nitrogen research programmes, including the EU 6th Framework Programme project NitroEurope.

On the final day of the conference the 350 delegates from 40 countries agreed the 23 point 'Edinburgh Declaration on Reactive Nitrogen'. The declaration is now available on the conference website.

News updates from Nitrogen and Global Change 2011

The Nitrogen and Global Change conference addressed key themes related to aspects of reactive nitrogen in the environment and focuses on the role of nitrogen for:

  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Energy security
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Human health
  • Integrating Nitrogen in Science and Policy

Nitrogen and Global Change was jointly organised with the support of the ESF programme Nitrogen in Europe (NinE), COST Action 729, the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (TFRN) under the UNECE Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). The conference was hosted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Additional information

For all details about the event, see the conference website 

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Managing the European Nitrogen Problem - a publication from CEH and the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)

Nitrogen in Europe (NinE)

The Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen

The NitroEurope Integrated Project

European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative - hosted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

ENA information from Cambridge University Press and the NinE website

Related CEH links

Details of CEH's Biogeochemistry science programme

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Scientists at climate talks say changes to the nitrogen cycle cannot be ignored - 4 December 2009

Biodiversity under threat from increasing nitrogen emissions - 20 November 2009

100 years of ammonia synthesis: how a single patent changed the world - 13 October 2008

Is nitrogen a major cause of climate change? - 10 July 2008





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