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Collaboration for Environmental Evidence - UK Centre

We are please to announce that the CEBA has formed a partnership with Bangor and Exeter University 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

CEETOP Evidence synthesis short course and placements

The Collaboration for Environmental Training Opportunities (CEETOP) is a NERC funded training initiative consisting of two elements, a modular training programme and a placement. Both are flexible and can be attended independently of each other. The training is 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 

20-24th November 2017 Harper Adams University, Shropshire

19th-23rd March 2018   Exeter University, Devon

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

Participants can attend the full 5 day course to be held over one week (recommended), or select from the modular elements within it. For more information please click here.

CEETOP Placements

NERC funded placements are available by individual arrangement between 2nd October 2017 and 31st March 2018 and may last from one week to one month at either Harper Adams University or Exeter University. For enquiries, please contact Nicola Randall in the first instance

Participants can receive bespoke support for an evidence synthesis on which they are working. Placements will be offered at Harper Adams or Exeter. Participant working on, or about to commence, their own synthesis can spend from a week and up to one month in the host institution. Onsite training and support through specialists will be provided (eg in specific stages of a review such as literature searching and reference management, meta-analysis, narrative synthesis, qualitative evidence synthesis in a specific type of review, or in a specific field). Participants will focus on a specific area of their own review, but gain advice and input from experienced staff at the centre. Accommodation and subsistence for the participant is covered for the period of the placement. For more information please click here


We have recently 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.


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.


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


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 learn more about this event please see the press release.

UK-India Agro-ecology Initiative

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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