Professor Sarah Whamore receives the RELU Programme Award from Sir Howard Newby, Chair of RELU Strategic Advisory Committee.

At a conference in The Sage, Gateshead on 16 November 2011, Professor Sarah Whatmore was presented with the RELU Programme award on behalf of the Understanding Environmental Knowledge Controversies project team which she led (2007-2010) for the 'best example of interdisciplinary methodology and scientific innovation' (see left) by Sir Howard Newby, Chair of the RELU Strategic Advisory Committee. The award relates to the project's 'Competency Group' methodology, a new way of engaging people affected by hazardous environmental events like flooding in the scientific and policy processes involved in the management of environmental risk. Many members of the project team (from Oxford, Durham, UEA and Newcastle Universities), as well as some local members of the Ryedale Flood Research Group with whom we collaborated (below left) were able to share the moment at The Sage, including project co-investigators Stuart Lane (Lausanne) and Neil Ward (UEA) (below right).

The RELU (Rural Economy and Land Use) Programme 2003-2012 represents an unprecedented collaboration between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to promote interdisciplinary research collaborations between the social and natural sciences. With a budget of 24million, it funded over 90 projects involving some 50 institutions, 40 disciplines and 450 researchers. The awards were made on the basis of a two-stage selection process - (i) shortlisting by academic and stakeholder peer-review of projects for which short films were commissioned, and (ii) voting by academic and stakeholder delegates at the Sage Conference. The film for the Understanding Knowledge Controversies project can be viewed on the project website.

Members of the project team (from Oxford, Durham, UEA and Newcastle Universities), as well as some local members of the Ryedale Flood Research Group with whom we collaborated were able to share the moment at The Sage.

Members of the project team (from Oxford, Durham, UEA and Newcastle Universities), as well as some local members of the Ryedale Flood Research Group with whom we collaborated were able to share the moment at The Sage.

Sarah Whamore with project co-investigators Stuart Lane (Lausanne) and Neil Ward (UEA).

Sarah Whamore with project co-investigators Stuart Lane (Lausanne) and Neil Ward (UEA).