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Latest News

NEW PROJECT - Improving the economic sustainability of small-scale rubber farmers in Thailand. Funded by British Council Newton Institutional Links. In collaboration with Kasetsart University.  

NEW PUBLICATION - Review of the environmental and soci-economic barriers and benefits to organic agriculture in Scotland - carried out on behalf of the Scottish Government

NEW PUBLICATION - A scientific perspective on microplastic pollution - carried out on behalf of SAPEA 

Advisory Work

In 2018, the CEBA manager, Dr Nicola Randall, became involved in two innovative new projects:

Ceres2030 Ending Hunger Sustainably, is a global project that aims to use systematic review methodologies to inform Sustainable Development Goals relating to hunger, and Dr Randall is part of the project advisory board.

The Informed Health Choices project, which provides key concepts for understanding and using evidence in health, is being expanded to other fields, and Dr Randall is advising on the use of evidence in agriculture.

Collaboration for Environmental Evidence - UK Centre

We are please to announce that the CEBA has formed a partnership with the Universities of Bangor and Exeter to form the UK Centre for the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE). The CEE is a global network that also has centres in Australia, Canada, France, South Africa and Sweden.

Training and Placements

Training Courses for the Green Climate Fund (from Nov 2018)

The CEBA as part of the UK Centre for the CEE are excited to announce they will be involved in delivering training courses for the Green Climate Fund

CEETOP Evidence synthesis short course (November 20-24th 2017 & March 19th -23rd 2018) and placements (between 2nd October 2017 and 31st March 2018)

The Collaboration for Environmental Training Opportunities (CEETOP) was a NERC funded training initiative consisting of two elements, a modular training programme and a placement. Both were flexible and could be attended independently of each other. The training was led by evidence synthesis specialists with experience of producing information for stakeholders including policy makers and business.

For short course registration or placement enquiries, please email Nicola Randall

CEETOP Training and Placements

A 5-day short course consisting of 4 consecutive modules: An introduction to evidence syntheses; Protocol development; Making sense of data; Engaging with policy and industry end-users

For more information please click here.

NERC funded placements were available by individual arrangement and lasted from one week to one month at either Harper Adams University or Exeter University. For more information please click here

Projects

2018 projects for policy - We will be leading on two new evidence review projects for policy, one to collate evidence on microplastics to inform EU policy, and one collating evidence on organic farming opportunities and barriers for the Scottish Government.

2017 project news- We have been awarded funding from Defra for a rapid evidence review to assess the relative risks to human health from the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic resistance genes in the aquatic environment. The CEBA will lead this REA in collaboration with experts at European Centre for Environment and Human Health and University of Exeter Medical School and the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick. For more information click here.

The CEBA have been awarded funding by the John Oldacre Foundation and the Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) to identify evidence relating to: The impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on the environment, methods to mitigate the impact on the environment of this class of products, and the environmental and economic consequences of not using these insecticides. Please click here to learn more.

We are also working on a systematic map led by EviEM about the multifunctional roles of vegetated strips around and within agricultural fields. The systematic map will collate and assess research evidence relating to the impact of field margins on nutrients, pollutants, socioeconomics, biodiversity, and soil retention. Click here for further information.

Events

Implementing systematic review methods in chemical risk assessment: addressing the challenges of problem formulation and quality assurance. International Expert Workshop, 1-2 December 2016

Dr Nicola Randall presented a talk about the potential benefits of systematic mapping in chemical risk assessment at this workshop hosted by Lancaster Environment Centre in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry Toxicology Group.

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EKLIPSE experts on knowledge synthesis working group

Dr Nicola Randall has recently been selected to become a member of the EKLIPSE experts on knowledge synthesis working group. The EKLIPSE EU funded project aims to deliver sustainable and innovative ways of knowing, networking and learning about biodiversity and ecosystems services.

The working group has been established to provide and share knowledge about methods for knowledge collation, appraisal and synthesis so that they can be used to identify and characterise robust evidence and knowledge gaps, in response to requests to EKLIPSE from policy makers and societal actors. Click here for further information 

First International Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) Conference. Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Environment, August 2016

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Drs Katy James and Abigale Graceson presented a poster and talk at the first international CEE conference in Stockholm. Delegates from 15 different countries came together to share their experience of knowledge synthesis in environmental sciences. 

Re-thinking Agricultural Systems: Farmers Perspective

This event funded by the British Ecological Society Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group was hosted by the CEBA at Harper Adams University on the 30 June 2015. Farmers and researchers were invited to have their say about the future of sustainable agriculture research and identify challenges and barriers to sustainable practice. To read more about this event please see the full Harper Adams news article.

Dr Nicola Randall Director of the CEBA travelled to Kolkata to take part in the UK-India Agro-ecology Initiative. This meeting aimed to bring together scientists from the UK’s Agricultural Ecology Specialist Interest Group of the British Ecological Society with scientists from the newly formed Society of Agro-ecology, India to establish a platform to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Agricultural Ecology: Linking Research, Policy and Practice

The CEBA hosted the BES Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group, policy-themed day for students and early career researchers, at Harper Adams University on 19 November 2014. To read more about this event please see the full Harper Adams University news article.

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