Fri, 16 Dec 2011
Professor Ian Bateman, of the University of East Anglia's School of Environmental Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award by the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science.
He is one of 18 new holders of the award which provides up to five years’ funding, after which the award holder continues to hold a permanent post at the host university.
The scheme takes the form of a salary enhancement and is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to retain or attract respected scientists of outstanding achievement or potential.
Professor Bateman was selected for his work in bringing the natural environment into real world decision-making.
He was one of the lead authors of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment report, published in June 2011, which applied new approaches to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature.
"I am delighted and feel very privileged to receive this honour from the most important institution for scientific progress in the world. The Royal Society has been at the forefront of research and innovation for more than 350 years. It's wonderful that they are leading the way in bringing together research from multiple disciplines to address the complex real world problems facing society,” said Professor Bateman.
“Unusually for this award, my background is in economics, not natural sciences. But the most interesting area of my work is my collaboration with scientists from all aspects of the natural environment. The Royal Society is leading the way in promoting such interdisciplinarity and I am very grateful to receive their endorsement.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor David Richardson congratulated Professor Bateman on behalf of the university:
“Research undertaken at this university has real impact on the world around us. Ian’s work will lead to greater protection and enhancement of the environment and will be used to direct government policy. It is extremely pleasing to see his excellent contribution recognised in this way,” he said.