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Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) is focused on advancing understanding of key environmental challenges of major economic and societal importance in the 21st century. Our members study the living and non-living components of the ecosystem and the management and governance of these systems and work globally in habitats ranging from the tropical rainforests to the urban core of the UK’s major cities.


Our cutting edge research is key to having an impact on the environment and improving the lives of animals and humans worldwide. Through research including: work in the Amazonia on primates and how to address the threats that arises from human activity, this work is identifying new species for the first time. The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser developed in EERC produces the most accurate 3D measurements of forest biomass to date, and we have a leading team of researchers who are studying wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in Ukraine.

Latest news

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Preparing for impact peer review
This month we are conducting an internal peer review of our potential impact case studies in preparation for REF2021. Twenty of these will subsequently be selected for external peer review in June. Each Unit of Assessment (UoA) team has been asked to assign at least two reviewers to each impact case study (1 x Lead […]

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Tue 19 Mar 2019

Refining your impact case studies
Our potential case study leads for REF2021 have recently submitted the second draft of their impact case studies, which will be assessed as part of an internal peer review process in April. Twenty of these will then also be selected for external peer review in June. At this stage in the process, feedback from colleagues […]

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Mon 18 Feb 2019

Confirmed Impact Guidance for REF2021
With less than 2 years to go until our REF submission (deadline: Friday, 27th November 2020), the final set of guidance materials for REF2021 (including guidance on submissions and panel guidelines) was published on 31 January 2019 following wide consultation with the sector in late 2018. The final guidance documentation is available at www.ref.ac.uk/publications/ What […]

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Mon 21 Jan 2019

Research Impact Fund – Special Call
To support researchers at Salford in becoming more ‘impactful’, the University operates an internal Research Impact Fund, which offers: • up to £1000 that must be match-funded by your School/Research Centre, to individuals and groups in support of activities that reflect the University’s desire to increase the impact and reach of its research, and/or highlight […]

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Tue 4 Dec 2018

2019 preparations and ‘REF readiness’
With Christmas fast approaching, here in the REF team we are already turning our attention to 2019 and considering how our REF readiness activities will start to take shape. In terms of our preparations around impact, the new year will herald a raft of targeted activities to help ensure that our case study submission in […]

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Thu 15 Nov 2018

Impact Guidance for REF2021
The initial set of guidance materials for REF2021 (including guidance on submissions and panel guidelines) was published in July 2018 and consultation with the sector was concluded on 15th October 2018. The final guidance is due to be published in January 2019, after which time the University will hold a series of briefing meetings through […]

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